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Are you thinking of sharing some avocado with your pet dog? Are you worried about what could happen?
Obviously this fruit is healthy, but the ASPCA says there’s toxicity for animals with horses being especially at risk.
Here’s the deal:
Avocados won’t be harmful for your dog if you stick to small portions. While that is good news, there are pitfalls (pun intended) you need to know about.
For one, four-legged friends don’t process plant-based foods as well as humans. This means feeding avocado may cause a bit of diarrhea or an upset stomach.
Arguably though, the most dangerous aspect is the pit.
Your Dog Can Have Avocado (modest portions and remove the pit)
Truth be told, this food is better tolerated by dogs than horses.
Go easy anyway because pure avocado is high in fat and also contains a toxin called persin.
Play it safe and avoid feeding your dog large amounts of this fruit. Besides, avocado is more in-line with what people need in their diet.
Basically, be reasonable about it!
FYI: A company named Avoderm has quality dog foods that incorporate omega-rich avocados (very healthy for the skin and coat)!
Persin Pit And Peel Pitfalls
Avocado doesn’t have to be dangerous.
Just know the pit can be harmful so it is essential to prevent any possibility of a choking hazard.
Pitted fruits, avocado certainly included, should be prepared by removing any large seeds.
You don’t want your dog to have this lodged in their throat. Such an obstruction is entirely avoidable.
Another reason to remove the avocado’s pit:
It contains an oil-soluble compound known as Persin. In fact, that is the origin of avocado’s toxicity and why you may have heard about this fruit being harmful.
Also 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 Fatty Fruits
High levels of fat is yet another reason to limit how much avocado your dog gets to eat.
Nonetheless, too much guacamole can make your dog gain unwanted weight.
Make no mistake about it:
It is a bad idea to regularly provide your buddy with a bunch of this fruit.
The Bottom Line
You can feed avocado to your dog despite the rumors.
This fruit’s toxicity affects horses and birds more than canines. But you still have to be safe and remove the seed as well as the skin.
Last but not least, avocado is very fatty and may cause weight gain.
Be smart and stick to small dog-friendly portions!