Can Puppies Eat Pears?by Naomi Millburn
When it comes to feeding your wee puppy any "people foods," caution is your greatest friend. Although the "flesh" part of pears may be safe for your little one, the seeds actually are toxic. Never allow your cutie to eat any people foods without the prior approval of your veterinarian.
The seeds of a pear are 100 percent toxic to pets, according to the Fayette County Humane Society. The same applies to apple seeds. The seeds contain the poisonous element arsenic and, if ingested, actually can be fatal to canines. Because of this very serious danger, make sure to never, ever allow your puppy to have access to pear seeds or the pit of the fruit in general.
Although the core of a pear is a major hazard to doggies, the actual fruit flesh isn't, notes Viva Pets. For a little nutritious diversity in your pet's diet, sliced pears may be a totally appropriate choice, along with other fruits, such as oranges and grapefruits. Just make sure to cut up the pear and that there are absolutely no seeds in the slices.
Play it extra safe and always consult your veterinarian before you allow your puppy any pears, however. All pups are individuals with different health circumstances, after all. Always consult an experienced veterinarian regarding the health and treatment of your pet.
Unfamiliar and new food items sometimes can bring upon tummy discomfort in doggies, so be sure always to employ moderation in allowing your pup any pear slices. If your puppy eats too many of them, he may experience unpleasant and uncomfortable effects, such as tummy pain and diarrhea. In terms of portion control, allow your pet perhaps two or three slices -- nothing more than that.
Treats for Puppies
Treats for puppies are fine as long as they're occasional and minimal, according to the ASPCA. The focus of a puppy diet should be puppy food, puppy food and more puppy food. The little ones have very specific dietary requirements and need a lot of energy, after all. Make sure that treats do not exceed five percent of all of the food your sweet pet eats on a daily basis.
- The Humane Society of Southern Arizona: Pets & Poisonous Plants
- Fayette County Humane Society: Dog Care
- Viva Pets: Can I Give My Dog Fruits and Vegetables?
- ASPCA: Feeding Your Puppy
- Daily Fork: 11 Poisonous Fruits That Look Scrumptious
- Heartland Humane Society: Summer 2012 -- Potentially Dangerous (Foods for Your Pet)
- ASPCA: Fruit Treats
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