Can I Give My Dog Avocado?

Can I Give My Dog Avocados?People love avocado and so sharing with the family dog is a common question. Obviously this fruit is healthy but, as a pet parent, you must weigh all the factors for Fido!

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The ASPCA says avocados are toxic for animals, horses in particular. This isn’t true if a dog’s portions are limited, but there are pitfalls to avoid when serving this fatty fruit to a furry friend.

Dogs generally don’t process plant-based foods as well as humans. It’s possible that feeding an avocado will cause diarrhea or an upset stomach. That said, the most dangerous aspect is the pit!

Can I Give My Dog Avocado? Answer: Yes, small portions & remove the pit

Concerns surrounding this fruit are well-founded because it is, in fact, toxic to some animals.

The good news is that avocados are much better tolerated by dogs than horses. At the same time, pure avocado is high in fat and contains a toxin called persin which can be harmful for dogs in large amounts. It’s safe to say the avocado is more in-line with what humans require in their diet.

That said, a well-regarded company named Avoderm has high quality dog food products that incorporate omega-rich avocados which are very healthy for the skin and coat!

Persin Pit & Peel Pitfalls

The avocado does not have to be dangerous. Just know the pit can be harmful for two important reasons. Pitted fruits, avocado included, should be prepared by removing any large seeds.

Be prudent and prevent any possibility of a choking hazard. You do not want your pet dog to have this lodged in their throat! Such an obstruction is entirely avoidable.

Another reason to remove the avocado’s pit is because it’s the source of an¬†oil-soluble compound known as Persin. This is the origin for avocado toxicity and why you may have heard about this fruit being harmful for pets. So remove the peel or skin prior to serving.

Translation: If you want to share some avocado then be sure to properly prepare it and serve small portions.

Fido and the Fatty Fruits

Another reason to limit the sharing of avocado with your dog is because it contains high levels of fat. Much like olives as well as soybeans, avocados are fatty although it’s a healthy kind of fat.

Nonetheless, too much guacamole can certainly make your dog gain unwanted weight. So, regularly providing your best buddy with too much of this fruit is a bad idea.

Listening to Others

Pet owners are notorious for giving out free advice, but their information usually comes from a very limited perspective.

There are many scary rumors concerning avocados, ice cubes and many other things that may or may not actually be harmful for your pet dog.

Sometimes a veterinarian will jump online, to try to clear things up, which is great. In any case, we hope that we’ve cleared up the confusion about sharing an avocado with your dog.

Conclusion on Avocado

You can feed a bit of avocado to your dog despite the rumors. This fruit’s toxicity comes from its persin, but this affects horses and birds much more than it does dogs. Prepare an avocado by removing the seed and skin. It’s very fatty and may pack on the pounds, so share small portions. First, find out if your dog’s digestive system actually agrees with avocados.

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Dr. Stephanie Flansburg Cruz, a practicing vet, has reviewed and endorsed this article. She has 3 dogs of her own and cares about the welfare of all animals.


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