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Pears are not only healthy and tasty for us humans, but also for our beloved four-legged friend, the dog. However, there are a few things to consider when feeding. More tips below.

In a nutshell

  • contain many vitamins and minerals
  • very low acid type of fruit
  • only feed overripe
  • shred before feeding
  • Kernels contain hydrocyanic acid

Dogs are carnivores

Just like their ancestors, the wolves, our beloved four-legged friends are usually carnivores. However, they also need some plant-based food in between. With biologically appropriate raw feeding (BARF), fruit and vegetables are a sensible addition. In addition, fruit can also be served as a small snack between meals or as a treat. Pears are a good addition to any feeding plan. The valuable minerals and vitamins contained in this fruit have a positive effect on the health of dogs.

Notice: Pears can be fed with a fresh meat meal or just as a little treat on the side.

Good for health

The pear is not only a popular fruit for us humans, our dogs also like this fruit very much. In addition, the pear is healthy for humans and animals. All types of pears contain many valuable ingredients, such as

  • Vitamins C, A, E and B group vitamins
  • folic acid
  • potassium
  • calcium
  • zinc
  • magnesium

These vitamins and minerals ensure that your four-legged friend stays fit and healthy. The individual substances fulfill their own functions in the dog's body:

  • Silicic acid strengthens skin and connective tissue
  • Copper ensures a shiny coat, strengthens the immune system and bone structure
  • Iron prevents anemia
  • Phosphorus strengthens the nervous system
  • Vitamin A supports vision, the immune system, bones and muscles
  • Calcium is good for bones and teeth
  • Potassium ensures a healthy metabolism, regulates the fluid balance, supports muscle function
  • Vitamin K ensures good blood clotting
  • Vitamin C strengthens the joints and the immune system

Furthermore, the contained carbohydrates provide the four-legged friend with energy and the dietary fibers support digestion and influence the firmness of the faeces.

Feed only when overripe

The pear is a very low-acid type of fruit and has a sweet taste. This is why many of our four-legged friends are so fond of this fruit. However, there are exceptions here, not all dogs like the pear, but the owner can certainly find that out easily. Only overripe pears should be fed to dogs. These are particularly tasty and well tolerated by the animals. In this state, this fruit is also digestible for sensitive dogs or dogs with stomach problems. Just like the banana, the pear prevents acidification in the body. However, this fruit should not only be overripe, but also fresh and of good quality, not yet rotten. Overripe pears are easy to spot:

  • they give way when pressure is applied
  • the pressure point remains visible

Notice: Canned pears are not suitable for feeding dogs as they have a high sugar content. When feeding, the dog can get stomach and intestinal problems. Incidentally, it can also lead to weight gain.

Only as a supplementary feed

Pears should never be used as a main food, only as a supplementary food. They are ideal as supplementary food. If possible, they should be mixed with the fresh feed when barfing. Ideally, the pear will be pureed beforehand. The fruit is also very popular raw as a snack between meals. However, the dog should not receive a whole pear, but it must be divided into bite-sized pieces. Otherwise it can happen that the four-legged friend chokes on it. To do this, proceed as follows:

  • select overripe pears
  • Remove stem and leaves
  • then wash thoroughly
  • especially when fruit has been treated with pesticides
  • Divide fruit in half
  • these in turn into two pieces each
  • Remove fruit casings and seeds
  • then cut each piece into slices two to three centimeters thick
  • The size of the discs depends on the size of the dog

Of course, pears should only be fed to dogs in moderation. Large and medium-sized dogs should only be given one or two discs at intervals. One disc is perfectly sufficient for a smaller dog.

Good on a diet

This fruit is also a good companion food for dogs that are on a diet. Such a mixture could be composed as follows:

  • Mash or puree the pear
  • mix them proportionately with rice or potatoes
  • Mix in either boiled chicken, fish or quark as a protein source

This mixture is also good for convalescent or sick dogs due to the fructose it contains. The fructose is a real source of energy for the dog.

Notice: Pear seeds are poisonous to dogs. They contain hydrocyanic acid and must be carefully removed before feeding. For this reason, the dog should never be given a whole pear.

frequently asked Questions

Which fruits are healthiest for dogs?

In addition to pears, apples are also very healthy. They contain many vitamins and the fiber pectin and thus ensure a balanced digestion. In addition, papaya and pineapple are healthy because of their well-tolerated enzymes. But be careful, pineapples may only be fed when they are ripe. Unripe fruit can be deadly. Furthermore, due to the high fruit acid content of pineapple, only small amounts should be administered.

Does fruit like pears have to be cooked before feeding?

No, fruit can be fed raw. However, it has to be ripe or overripe and should be chopped up or, even better, pureed. The dog can then absorb and digest the fruit well, since it lacks the enzyme that is used to split the plant cell walls. The cell structure is already largely destroyed by the previous crushing.

What Happens When Dogs Eat Unripe Pears?

The dog in question can then have more or less serious gastrointestinal problems. Among other things, diarrhea, flatulence, vomiting or abdominal cramps can occur. If necessary, a veterinarian should be consulted.

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