August 11, 2016

Can Dogs Eat Avocados? It’s the Pits!

Welcome back to the critter corner, our own furry space on the internet. Today we are going to discuss a common question: can dogs eat avocados?

I usually hold out for you until the end, but this time, we'll do something a bit different. I'm going to give you the answer straight away. Then, I will give you lots more details about avocados themselves.

Can Dogs Eat Avocados?

The answer is no. Experts recommend that you avoid feeding avocado to dogs at any time. They pose serious health risks to dogs.

Avocados are healthy for humans in moderation. But, the same does not go for your hairy friend. There are a few concerns over feeding this fruit.

Random Avocado Fact: In some areas of the globe, avocados are called alligator pears or butter fruit.

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Avocado Pit Toxicity


Birds, on the other hand, are very susceptible to persin. You should never feed avocado to pet birds.

It is possible that your dog may have a reaction after eating avocado. Now is a good time to review a few warning signs.

Random Avocado Fact: One medium avocado contains 10 grams of fiber.

Persin Toxicity In Dogs

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lack of stool production

If you notice any of these symptoms after your dog has ingested avocado, call your vet immediately. If you fail to call your vet, you could be placing your dog in serious danger.

That being said, most dogs and cats are not affected by persin.

Why Do People Say Avocados Aren’t Safe For Dogs?

The reason cited most often when avocados and dogs come up is the choking hazard. On the one hand, I find it difficult to believe anyone out there would toss an avocado pit to their dog. On the other hand, any dog who accidentally got ahold of one could try to play with it.

An avocado pit is a perfect size for a dog to swallow. It may then become stuck in their throat or intestines. This is not a pretty picture.

Therefore, it is best to avoid letting your dog near avocados. When you cook with them, use care. Try to be sure Fido isn’t around under your feet.

If you are wondering what to do after your dog ate an avocado pit, call your vet right away!

Random Avocado Fact: An avocado contains 60% more potassium than a banana.

Can Dogs Eat Avocado Oil?

There is very little information available specifically about dogs and avocado oil. Avocado oil is made in the same way as olive oil. The oil comes from pressing and spinning mashed avocado fruit.

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Charissa da Silva’s family produces avocado oil in California. She says this about the process:

“After the avocados have been washed they are de-pitted and de-skinned since we are only pressing the pulp. The pressed avocados make for a beautiful vat of green “guac.” Afterwards, we separate the pulp from the oil in a centrifuge process. It’s a drum that spins at high speeds, which forces both oil and water out of the pulp. Because the resulting oil is less dense than the water, it rests on the water and flows out through strategic holes in the drum. What comes out is slightly thick and green.” can dogs eat avocados

Technically, avocado oil might be safe for your dog. The oil isn’t made from the pit and shouldn’t contain any significant amount of persin. Still, I recommend that you not take the risk. Stick to small amounts of olive oil if you want to feed oils to your dog.

Avocados Are High In Fat

Another reason avocados aren’t great for your dog is that they are quite fatty. For humans, this is good fat. A typical sized avocado contains 30 grams of fat. The vast majority of that fat, 20 grams to be exact, are good for you. They are healthy monounsaturated fats, including oleic acid.

Your dog, however, is much smaller than you are. Therefore, a little oil goes a long way. Remember the scale of your dog’s size if you drizzle any oil over their food. Some owners do this to improve their dog’s skin and coat.

Random Avocado Fact: The word avocado is derived from the Spanish word aguacate. Aguacate evolved from the Nahuatl word ahuacatl.

Other Fruit You Shouldn’t Feed Your Dog

can dogs eat avocados

I’ve answered the question, can dogs eat avocados, but what about other fruit? Here is a list of fruit that is unsafe for dogs:

  • Cherries
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Currants
  • Rhubarb

In addition, apple seeds and pear seeds are unsafe food for dogs. If you share apples and pears with your dog, be sure all seeds are removed. After that, it’s ok to share a slice or two.

Things To Consider When Feeding Treats To Your Dog

I touched on this regarding feeding your dog oil. Most dogs are significantly smaller than humans. Some of you have smaller dogs than others. Please keep the size of your dog in mind when you are tossing treats to him or her.

It is easy to give your dog too much fat to your dog. It happens in small doses that add up to a big weekly fat or calorie increase. Your dog should eat a healthy diet where only 10% of his calories come from treats.

Random Avocado Fact: The avocado is an Aztec symbol of love and fertility. Avocado trees need to be close to each other bear fruit. can dogs eat avocados

Can Dogs Eat Avocados: The Conclusion

You should not feed avocados to your dog. Technically speaking, dogs can ingest some avocado. There are risks associated with this behavior, however, so it is best to avoid it.

Here is a charming video with recipes for dog treats. If you only feed these treats occasionally, they are a healthy snack for dogs. The ice cube treat is a great idea!

Do you have friends with dogs? I'd love it if you shared this article with them over social media so we can all be informed about safe doggie feeding. I'd also love to connect with you on Twitter. You can follow the page at @lovablepawclaws. Once we are connected, you can send me your comments about this article. I look forward to hearing from you.

Lauren

Lauren is a young woman with a true passion for animals. She has kept many pets over the years and has intimate knowledge of their needs both emotionally and physically. She loves that her dogs keep her so active and satisfy her desire to spend lots of time in nature.

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