Our adorable furballs are often sniffing around for human food and treats to snack on. When humans are sitting at the breakfast table, you’re sure to find Rover waiting for the kids to slip him a slice of fruit heaven. While most fruits are okay for them to eat, it’s still important to know their nutritional value or which fruit parts are safe to eat. In this article, let’s focus on the benefits of giving pears to your dog.

What No One Tells You About The Benefits of Pears

Fur parents who want nothing but the best for their dogs will love the health benefits of pears. This refreshingly sweet and crunchy fruit is packed full of nutrients their bodies need. Let’s take a medium-sized pear and see what it has in store for your pet:

1. Vitamin K

There’s a lot that Vitamin K can do for active furkids. Aging dogs and those that love running and jumping around need stronger bones and this essential vitamin can increase bone density and help with blood clotting. Aside from pears, your dog can get Vitamin K from blueberries, broccoli, liver, and asparagus.

2. Copper

Many fur parents do not think about the importance of copper until the dogs get sick. This nutrient helps with many processes including iron absorption, and formation of collagen, connective tissues, and bones. Dogs that have copper deficiency tend to have anemia and may have bone development problems.

3. Vitamin B6

A study was conducted on dogs who were put on a Vitamin B that excluded Vitamin B6. Without that essential vitamin, the dogs developed severe anemia. This nutrient helps in the proper development and function of the brain. Want to keep your dog happy? Give him a slice of pear. Vitamin B6 also helps in the secretion of happy hormones called serotonin and norepinephrine.

4. Magnesium

A deficiency of Magnesium means lower levels of other important nutrients such as Potassium, Calcium, and Sodium. Hypomagnesemia symptoms include weakness, depression, behavioral changes, seizures, and muscle trembling. For a healthy immune system, give your dogs some bone meal, muscle and organ meat, vegetables and of course, pears.

5. Vitamin C

It’s true that dogs do not need Vitamin C because they’re able to produce it on their own. However, aging dogs can benefit from munching on a pear as they’re not as efficient in producing the cancer-fighting nutrient. A substantial amount of Vitamin C in any dog’s diet can boost the immune system so your dogs can say bye-bye to common illnesses.

6. Fiber

Some say dogs don’t need fiber. After all, when it comes down to it, fiber doesn’t have any nutritional value. However, it is important in the digestive process and can aid in treating obesity, diarrhea, and constipation. Pears, sweet potatoes, cooked oats, broccoli, and carrots all contain high amounts of fiber.

Yummy Dog Pear Treat Recipes

Now that we got you excited about the health benefits of pears, here are some top dog-rated recipes for your furkid. And oh, they’re human-approved as well!

Basil Pear Chicken Jerky

Got extra time on your hands to make your own jerky treats? This chicken jerky recipe is not only nutritious but bursting with flavors as well. It will take longer than the usual dog treats to make (about 3-4 hours), so you can just Netflix and chill while you wait.

Pear and Molasses Dog Biscuits

If you’re wondering what else to do with your pear harvest, whip out your baker’s hat and bake your pooch some dog biscuits. This 5-ingredient recipe is fairly easy to make and should take you roughly an hour to prep and bake.

Apple and Pear Cookies

Has Rover been a good dog lately? He definitely deserves some cookie treats made of his two favorite fruits: apple and pears! With oatmeal, milk, and butter included, you might want to double the recipe and keep some for you and your human kids.

Before You Go, Here Are Crucial Pear Do’s and Don’ts

Pears are healthy snack treats for your pups. They’re generally safe for dogs, but you need to take precautions when giving pears to dogs.

DO remove stems, cores, skin, and seeds

Forget about giving a whole pear. Even the safest dog treats can be detrimental to your pet’s health without proper preparation in place. It’s an absolute must for you to remove the cores and seeds as these contain a deadly substance called cyanide. If you have a pear tree in the backyard, make sure that you harvest the ripe pears before they fall to the ground. Skins of most fruits including pears are indigestible so make sure to peel the fruit and remove the cores and seeds before giving it to your dogs.

DON’T give canned pears

We love the convenience of canned fruits. But it’s best to avoid giving your pets canned pears. The syrup has a high sugar content, which can lead to excess weight and digestive disorders. You shouldn’t be eating those as well. Opt for fresh picks which can be easily found at a farmer’s market. Forget convenience and go for nutritional value instead!

DO ask your veterinarian

Unfamiliar food or a new diet can give your pups tummy problems. We like to indulge our pets, but it’s also important to ask the experts before giving them anything. Your vet can show you how to properly feed fruits to your pups for the first time. Mostly, it’s about giving them a slice or two and waiting to see if they’re up for it.

DON’T give dogs too much to eat

Moderation is always the key to healthy eating. Just like with most food, even with us humans, it’s important to stick to a well-balanced diet. These fruit treats, though nutritious, should not be the main source of nutrients. Stick to 5% of the recommended daily allowance, and you’ll have a happy, healthy pooch.