Yes, pears can be dangerous to dogs if fed in the wrong way.
Here’s a list of some ugly health complications that could arise when dogs eat pears without caution.
Pears are large fruits that present an increased risk of choking hazards in dogs. In addition, the sheer size of this fruit makes it difficult for dogs to swallow if it isn’t cut into smaller pieces. The need to reduce pears into cube-sized pieces is even more critical if you’d be feeding them to smaller dog breeds like the Yorkshire Terrier or the Toy Poodle.
In addition, the pit in a pear fruit could also constitute a choking hazard in your furry buddy. Hence the best way to avoid the possibility of throat or gut obstruction in your canine pal is to slice up pears and take out pits before feeding.
If your canine swallows chunks of a pear fruit, it may luckily force them down, but such large pieces can pass through the stomach undigested and clog the intestines. The phenomenon is quite ugly and causes unbearable pain and discomfort for both dog and dog owners.
Intestinal blockage, in severe cases, requires surgery which is a stressful procedure that could easily be avoided by cutting up pears into minute pieces.
Cyanide poisoning could end a dog’s life within minutes, and pears harbor these toxic compounds within the soft walls of the fruit. Ordinarily, the pit of a pear fruit isn’t of edible interest to your pooch, but because dogs have a natural tendency to bite and chew objects, they mostly begin a ‘bite fight’ on pear pits sometimes, to their death.
Cyanide is an extremely toxic substance notoriously famous for bonding with cells and depleting oxygen usage. This toxin more or less places a chokehold on cells that transport oxygen in your dear Fido’s body, ultimately causing massive mortality at a cellular level.
Symptoms of cyanide poisoning include elevated heart rate, restlessness, panting, confusion, loss of consciousness, and in severe cases, death.
Keep in mind that your four-legged pal doesn’t have to completely swallow the pit in a pear. As long as a considerable amount of cyanide is ingested, with enough toxin within a half-chewed pit, there might be trouble.
Stooling And Vomiting
Fiber, originally meant to assist digestion and speed up bowel movement, overdoes the job and induces excessive stooling when your furry pal eats pears without discretion.
The uncontrolled toilet visits or persistent vomiting cause dehydration and drain nutrients in dogs, weakening their immune systems and making them incredibly vulnerable to attacks.
Ideally, pears aren’t supposed to cause obesity in your beloved four-legged buddy because they contain low sugar, but when obesity-prone dogs eat too many pears, they may gain massive weight in a short period.