Yes, you can give a pear or an apple as treats for your dog.
But make sure to remove the skin, the core, and the seeds.
Apples contain vitamin C that is good for your dogs. It is also crunchy which big dogs like very much.
For small dogs, give one thin slice only to avoid choking once or twice a week.
As in humans, apples can cause constipation so please give only one thin slice to small dogs and about two to three slices of apple to a big dog.
Some owners grate the apple as dogs love “slurping” the liquid that comes with it.
As for pears, the American Kennel Club says pears may be a healthy snack for dogs but this does not mean “your dog should eat a lot of pears on a regular basis.”
“In moderation, pears are a healthy snack, full of vitamin C, vitamin A, and fiber. However, just like with any food you give your dog, too many pears could lead to an upset stomach, “ it adds.
What is the recommended amount to give to your dog?
“Veterinarians recommend limiting your dog’s treat intake to 10 percent of his daily food intake. For small dogs, this means that one slice of pear every now and then is plenty, and a whole pear is probably too much. When in doubt, ask your vet, “ the American Kennel Club says.
It also warns about some risks of giving pears to your dogs.
“There are a few risks associated with feeding pears to dogs. Pears are safe for dogs to eat, but even safe foods can be a choking hazard. Cut pears into bite-sized pieces and monitor your dog carefully as he eats to prevent choking, “ it says.
It adds: “Pear seeds contain traces of the toxin cyanide. As tempting as it is to toss your dog your leftover pear core, refrain from giving your dog the parts of pears with seeds in them, as not only are they toxic in large quantities, but seeds can also cause choking.
Canned pears are not good for your dog, it says.
“Canned pears contain too much sugar, which can irritate your dog’s digestive tract and lead to obesity. Fresh, ripe pears are the best pears to feed to dogs, “ it stresses.
Lastly, it says, “ It is always a good idea to ask your veterinarian before starting your dog on a new treat. Your veterinarian has years of experience and knowledge that can help you keep your dog safe from harmful people foods, and she can also help you find other healthy snacks that are safe for dogs to eat.” DC
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