Can Dogs Eat Avocado

For humans, avocado is one of the healthiest and most delicious fruit there is. It is rich in potassium, good fat, and fiber.

While we want our dogs to be as healthy as they can be, there are certain types of food, such as fruits and vegetables, that we cannot feed, at least on a daily basis.

Here at Doggypedia, we do our best to provide you with the much-needed information to ensure your dogs get the best quality care, love, and support from their humans. Doggypedia is a site ran by veterinarians who have nothing but your dog’s best interests in mind.

Today, we tackle another question commonly asked by dog owners: Can dogs eat avocado? If yes, how much avocado can they be fed? Let’s find out in this article.

 

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Can Dogs Eat Avocados?

Can dogs eat Avocados?

So, since this fruit is so healthy, it shouldn’t be bad for dogs, right?

YES AND NO.

Peeled and pitted, small amounts of avocados should work just fine for dogs to eat. In fact, it may even provide some health benefits, including the following:

  • Source of dietary fiber
  • High potassium content
  • Rich in essential omega fatty acids and healthy fats
  • A good help for the coat condition and skin health of your canine
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Contains antioxidants which benefit your pet’s immune system
  • Rich in vitamins A, E, and C
  • A great niacin source
  • Rich in folate
  • Great protein source as it contains 18 amino acids which are great for muscle development

“Avocados do have some anti-inflammatory fat in them. It’s generally a healthy food, so in small quantities, there’s nothing wrong with them,” said Dr. Susan Wynn, DVM, CVA and veterinarian in the integrative medicine and nutrition department at Blue Pearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital in Georgia.

Moreover, Dr. Steve Barghusen, DVM, a veterinarian at Pet Crossing Animal Hospital & Dental Clinic in Minnesota, added that while this fruit can contain healthy fats, vitamins and minerals that are good for dogs, it is not something that should be included in the dog’s diet.

“A dog that is on a high quality, properly formulated diet should not need any additional nutrients from other sources,” Barghusen says.

On the other hand, dogs shouldn’t be given or fed with avocados on a regular basis. This fruit might serve as a healthy and delicious snack for people, but the same cannot be claimed for dogs and other animals.

You see, avocados contain an oil-soluble toxin called persin.

This toxin has the ability to cause mastitis, heart failure, and death on most animals, dogs included. While such deathly substance is most concentrated in the leaves of the plant, it can also be found on its seeds, stem, and fruit.

In other words, all parts of the plant are not healthy and safe for your dogs, no matter how strong and immune you think they are. It is in fact included in the top ten human food that are prohibited for dogs.

Are Avocados Safe For Dogs?

Are avocados safe for dogs?

While dogs are more resistant than other animals to persin, this does not mean in any way that avocados are safe for dogs.

To be on the safe side, it is better that you avoid feeding your dogs with anything that has avocado in it.

You see, the high fat content in this fruit has the huge potential and ability to trigger pancreatitis. This, when not attended to right away, can be severe and even a life-threatening problem for your furry family member.

For your information, take note of the other animals that should not be fed with avocado at all cost:

  • Cattle
  • Goats
  • Horses
  • Mice
  • Rabbits
  • Guinea pigs
  • Rats
  • Sheep
  • Budgerigars
  • Canaries
  • Cockatiels
  • Ostriches
  • Chickens
  • Turkeys
  • Fish

Now, let’s talk about dry goods that contain avocado. According to a research published by NCBI, adverse food reaction in dogs “is an important differential diagnosis for the pruritic dog. It is usually diagnosed by feeding an elimination diet with a novel protein and carbohydrate source for eight weeks followed by subsequent food provocation.”

The results of the study show that “For proteins, carbohydrates and dry dog food the sensitivity of patch testing was 100%, 70% and 22.2%, respectively; the negative predictive values of patch testing were 100%, 79% and 72%. The positive predictive values of patch testing for proteins and carbohydrates were 75% and 74%, respectively.”

What does this mean for dog owners?

This means that if you must feed your dogs with avocado, then better choose the fresh ones that dry foods that contain traces of the fruit.

How Much Avocados Can My Dog Eat?

how much avocados can my dog eat?

The consumption of large amounts will cause gastrointestinal irritation, and the pit of the avocado presents a danger due to the size, which can lead to an obstruction if swallowed.

If your dogs have consumed avocado, you might want to check for symptoms, which can include any or all of the following:

  1. Vomiting
  2. Diarrhea
  3. Abdominal pain
  4. Difficulty with producing stools

So to answer the question, “How much avocados can my dog eat?” The safest answer is NONE. If you can provide your dogs with the same nutrient from another food source that are guaranteed to be safe for them, then go for it. Do not put at stake the health of your furry loved ones when you can very much find alternatives. Remember, their resistance level is not the same as that of the humans. To be sure, check with your veterinarian.

Doggypedia has a team of veterinarians who can provide your dog with an assessment in cases where you have no other food options for your pets.

What Should I Do In Case Of An Avocado Emergency?

What should i do in case of an avocado emergency?

In case of an avocado emergency, it is best to bring your dog to a veterinary clinic right away.

If you believe your dog is showing symptoms that might be related to the consumption of the avocado, then visit the nearest vet clinic right away. Only veterinarians can make expert and conclusive decisions with regard to the degree of toxicity and the treatment your dog needs to undergo.

Also, the recommended course of actions would depend has ingested the avocado pit and it is lodged in his GI tract. An endoscopy might be needed to locate and remove the avocado pit.

On the other hand, if your dog is showing the side effects of persin consumption, then treatment may include giving your dogs some analgesics, especially if she is lactating female and is showing signs of mastitis.

Meanwhile, if the dog has ingested enough avocado to affect the heart, diuretics or antiarrhythmic drugs may be prescribed.

It is best to ask the veterinarian with questions you have in mind with regard to the administering of the analgesics and other drugs, including possible side effects.

The recovery of your dog is on a case-to-case basis. But once he or she is treated, recovery is almost hundred percent guaranteed. For any questions or other concerns about your dogs’ recover, it is best practice to get in touch with your veterinarian right away and not do self-administering of any other drugs not prescribed by the veterinarian to avoid complications.

History of Avocados

history of avocados

It is believed that the word “avocado” is derived from the Nahuatl word ahuacatl, which when translated to English literally means “testicle”. This word was used in reference to the shape the avocado has. Further into study, others believe that the word might also  refer to the fact that the fruit is an aphrodisiac (Daniel, 2015).

The fruit is known to be a native of Central Mexico but it can be found in tropical and Mediterranean climates, such as the Philippine. Each single avocado tree can bear at least 500 fruits every year.

Known as the “fertility fruit” by Aztecs, an avocado dating back to 10,000 B.C. was discovered in a Coxcatlan, Puebla, Mexico cave. Clearly, this fruit was popular long before it became a staple at Super Bowl games and summer barbecues.

Based on the criteria set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), avocados belong to the “healthy” fruits, at least the fresh ones.

Avocados are also known as great substitutes for other food items rich in saturated fat or added sugars. This is because of their mono and polyunsaturated fat contents.

To give you a glimpse of the nutrients contained in avocados, check out the infographic below:

Here’s an interesting fact about this fruit: One fruit can yield up to 60% more potassium than a single banana.

Another interesting fact about avocados is that it is known in other countries as “alligator pear” and “butter fruit”.

References

Johansen, Cornelia, et al. “Evaluation of Canine Adverse Food Reactions by Patch Testing with Single Proteins, Single Carbohydrates and Commercial Foods.” Veterinary Dermatology, vol. 28, no. 5, 2017, doi:10.1111/vde.12455.

Johansen, Cornelia, et al. “Evaluation of Canine Adverse Food Reactions by Patch Testing with Single Proteins, Single Carbohydrates and Commercial Foods.” Veterinary Dermatology, vol. 28, no. 5, 2017, doi:10.1111/vde.12455.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avocado

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog

Dalkin, Gaby. Absolutely Avocados. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013.

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