Avocados are known as a rich source of nutrients and one of the trendiest health foods for humans, but what about for our four-legged friends? Can dogs eat avocado? There isn’t a short yes or no answer. However, it’s hard to resist those eyes that beg for just one bite, though. And what if your pup eat this fruit? Read on to find out about the potential side effects you should consider before feeding your dog avocados.
Why can’t dogs eat avocado?
Avocados contain persin, a fungicidal toxin is present in the avocado fruit, pits, leaves, and the actual plant. This toxin can cause serious health problems even death in many animals. Exactly what amount of persin is lethal isn’t known, but in large amounts, it can potentially cause gastrointestinal irritation and vomiting in dogs. According to veterinarians, although dogs are fairly resistant to persin, that doesn’t mean avocados are safe for your pup to eat.
Another big concern is the pit of the fruit, which may cause choking. According to Dr. Tina Wismer, medical director at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: “Avocado ingestion can cause stomach upset in some dogs. The pit is the biggest worry, if ingested it can cause an obstruction. We do not see heart or reproductive problems in dogs and cats that we do in other kinds of animals.”
Can dogs eat avocado oil?
Yes, dogs can eat avocado oil but in moderation. As you know the stem, leaves, pit, and peel of an avocado are not safe for dogs, so avocado oil is a good choice to give your dog the benefits of this fruit. It contains vitamin E and Omega 3 fatty acids, which decrease inflammation in the body. However, you should only share it with your dog in moderation because avocado oil is high in fat which is bad for dogs.
What should you do if your dog eats avocado?
If you notice your canine has any unusual signs such as vomiting and diarrhea after he ingests any one of the dangerous parts of avocado, call your emergency veterinarian immediately.
If you still decide to serve avocados to your dog, let’s choose organic, ripe avocados that are free of chemicals and additives. Remember to remove the pits, skins, and stems. The best way is to serve avocados plain or mix them in with his safe foods.
Keeping dogs away from avocados
If you frequently bring avocados into your home, keep them away from your dog’s paws. It would be better if all members of your family are educated about the dangers of feeding avocados and other human foods to pets. You should always consult your veterinarian or nutritionist before introducing any human foods to your dog.
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