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Tuesday - November 16, 2010

From: Hendersonville, TN
Region: Southeast
Topic: Poisonous Plants
Title: Is the fruit of Bradford Pears toxic to dogs?
Answered by: Jimmy Mills

QUESTION:

I need to know if the little Berries on the Bradford Pear trees are toxic to dogs? My labrador loves eating them. Thank you,

ANSWER:

The little berries (aka pomes) are the the fruit of the Bradford Pear, and are considered inedible by humans. Labradors apparently have a different view.

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