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Can Dogs Eat Avocado Safely?

Avocado is a yummy and healthy fruit for humans.

But, how safe is it for your dog?

Read on to find out

Why do dogs love avocados?

Avocados are delicious and contain healthy fats and fatty acids plus vitamins and minerals, making them a darling for many dogs.

What happens if a dog eats avocado?

Depending on the part of the avocado a dog consumes, they are likely to be fine. The flesh of the avocado has little persin hence less toxic as compared to the skin, leaves, and pit. 

Seven ways avocados will help your dog shine from the inside out

Enhanced digestion: Avocados are rich in fiber which helps improve the digestive system and colon health for better health.

Strong muscle development: Avocados have high-quality proteins and 18 amino acids which aids your dog in developing mighty muscles.

Healthy heart: Packed with nutrients such as niacin or vitamin B3, avocados help promote your dog’s heart health. 

Improved nutrient absorption: Avocados are rich in vitamin C, which helps your dog obtain maximum nourishment from all its food.

Improved vision: The vitamin found in avocados help boost eye health for better vision.

Healthy skin: Avocados have fatty acids, vitamin A and E, which work together to maintain healthy skin for your dog.

Lustrous coat: The fatty acids plus vitamin E in avocados help distribute water in the body and hair, bringing out a shinier coat.

Avocado Dog Treats

Avocado and eggs Biscuits

Ingredients

  • 1 Avocado (skin and pit removed)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 100g Oat flour

Instructions 

  • Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius
  • Cut and put the peeled and pitted avocado into a food processor’s bowl
  • Add eggs plus the oat flour and pulse to blend
  • Continue to add as much flour as needed to get a workable dough
  • Roll out on a baking paper-lined surface to a uniform thickness of about ¼ inch
  • Cut out the shapes and set them on a grease-proof baking tray
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes.

The risks of dogs eating avocado

Risk of developing pancreatitis: Although avocados contain healthy fats, dogs can develop pancreatitis if they consume these fats in large amounts.

Persin toxicity: The stem, leaves, skin, flesh, and the actual plant of avocados contain a toxin called persin. In large amounts, this toxin can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and myocardial damage.

Choking: The pit (seed) of avocado can cause choking and gastrointestinal blockage, lethal for dogs.

Treatment for Avocado toxicity

Treatment may include making the dog vomit, using an endoscope or abdominal surgery to remove an ingested pit, and providing supportive care like IV fluids or nausea medication.

FAQs

Can an avocado pit kill a dog?

An avocado pit can kill a dog if it becomes lodged in the airway or esophagus, making breathing difficult.

How much avocado can a dog eat?

You should give avocados to dogs in low quantities to avoid health issues.

What part of an avocado is poisonous to dogs?

The leaves, stem, skin, and pit contain concentrated levels of persin, which is harmful to dogs. The flesh also has it but in low levels.

Conclusion

Though avocados are packed with beneficial nutrients, they must be given in moderation to avoid causing health issues to dogs.

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Michael Brady

Michael is an animal-lover who specializes in marketing. He started running Dog Food Care with his mother, Sarah, after leaving his office job. Michael gained enough flexibility in his schedule to be able to adopt a dog of his own and welcomed Emmie the dachshund into his home in 2020.