Are pears bad for dogs?

Our new house has two pear trees in the backyard.
Our dogs are not left outside unattended for more than a few minutes, but that's all it takes for them to find one that has fallen off a tree and start munching. I think I'm catching them before they finish the pears, but I'm not 100% sure.
So, I need to know - are pears bad for dogs?

Pears are perfectly safe for dogs to eat.
Pears are an excellent source of water-soluble fiber, including pectin, which makes them useful in toning the intestines. Fresh pears contain potassium which is necessary for maintaining heartbeat, muscle contraction, nerve transmission, and carbohydrate metabolism. Pears also contain Vitamin C. An important antioxidant, Vitamin C is essential for helping prevent free radical damage.
Because of the extra added fiber and pectin, you want to make sure your dog doesn't over-do eating the pears. It can cause diearhea or an upset stomach.

My dogs love pears! Okay to eat in moderation, but be careful of the pits or seeds or any fruit - they can cause real trouble.
Pear pips, the kernels of plums, peaches and apricots, apple core pips and seeds (contain cyanogenic glycosides resulting in cyanide posioning)

My vet confirmed this as well.

When I was young, my dad had 2 hunting dog that lived in a kennel in the back. (Sorry, it was the 1970's and we didn't know any better.)
Anyway, these dog would love to run in the yard and eat the apples on the ground and the cherrys on the ground. They did fine, but boy, their poop was full of cherry pits. yuck!!
Anyway, don't know about pears, but I have feed my dogs most all fruits and they do fine. In fact, I caught Shorty in my garden yesterday helping himself to my summer squash!!!!!

My Bonny loves pears.
A few months ago, my husband was downstairs eating dinner in front of the TV. Part of his dinner was a bowl of canned pears. While he was eating, the doorbell rang, so he set the bowl down on the tray table and came upstairs to answer. Guess you can figure out what happened. When he went back downstairs, he discovered that Bonny had helped herself to the pears, drank the juice and all.
We still laugh about it.

Hi. You seem to know a lot about nutrition judging from your response. I was just wondering where you got this info. Are you a vet or a human nutrition buff? Is your advice is based on humans and extended to animals or do you know specifically about dog nutrition?
I am not trying to second guess you at all. I think it would be wonderful to have a person with so much dog nutrition knowledge here on PF! Just curious about the credentials.

Hi Ladybug,
I'm not a veterinarian (and I don't play one on TV).
I have had many pets of all kinds, right now I have 3 dogs and 3 pond fish (a Heron got the other 9 <sob>). I'm also involved in breed rescue.
I don't have credentials in this field, at least nothing I can frame and hang on the wall. I guess I just like to read about things I'm interested in, which include animals and the various aspects of pet ownership.

Hi 5thBeatle,
Thanks for responding.
And now that we are on the topic of food and dog diets, what do you think about Ol'Roy? I have a huge pet peeve about this brand and all other bad quality dog foods.
We are having problems at our shelter right now b/c we function on donated foods and we have onlybeen getting cheap stuff like Ol'Roy lately. The dogs are having terrible diarrhea or not eating at all. Even though we appreciate the charity of people who donate, I am thinking of hanging a sign that says "We are not accepting donations of Ol'Roy dog food at this time. Thank you."
What do you think of these brands?

there are good companies that will sell at bulk discount to animal shelters. It sounds like you have a great need to look into this!!
I know Canidae has a breeder discount program, so they can probably discount shelter food, too.
Maybe you could have a fundraiser for the food's cost? Or a big jar on the counter "please support a healthy diet for our shelter animals, even $1 helps"
And you could ask for an extra donation of $10 with every adoption, to go towards the expense of the food.
where there's a will there's a way.
'Ol Roy? They're smart to be starving themselves! They're better off not eating at all!

Hi Ladybugs,
Many questions have surfaced due to the Consumer Reports article rating dog foods.
The Consumer Reports article rated dog foods by which ones meet AAFCO (American Association of Feed Control Officials) guidelines and cost the least to feed per day. Foods that meet the minimum AAFCO requirements for calories, protein, fats, and nutrients and also display a label stating that they have passed feeding trial tests were simply listed according to price. Result: Wal Mart’s “Ol’ Roy” was at the top of the list, and the premium foods tested (Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet) were at the bottom.Without an in-depth look into the article, one could easily be misled by the article’s results and recommendations.
Maybe the food donators have been mislead, I'm sure they mean well.
Advertising that you don't need any more Ol'Roy is a good idea. Maybe make a short "wish-list" list of the specific food and other products you need, and circulate the list in your community.
Below, is a dog food comparison "wizard" that lets you choose and compare the ingredients of up to four brands. Less expensive brands are included, so you can pick the best food for your budget. Go to:

I got some good info from your responses. Thank you Stacey and Beatle! I am going to go do some more food research.