Okay, so I’ve told you, in Your Dog is Not a Human, So Don’t Feed Him Like One, that there are things that are very, very bad for your dog. I’ve told you that I won’t even allow grapes in my house, and I’ve told you about the horrors of chocolate. But what about avocado?
Well, this is another thing that I won’t allow in my house. I don’t allow it because I’m a slob. Avocado might not be all that bad, but if you leave the leaves and the pits laying around, that could be a very bad thing indeed. And, again, I’m sloppy.
Is It Safe to Feed Dogs Avocados?
If you’re careful.
According to the ASPCA, you should probably not feed avocado to your dog. Let’s start with the poison control center, who probably has the most data on the subject of toxicity in pets. I tend to think that this is a very credible source. They claim that avocado is toxic, at least to some animals. It’s very toxic, for instance, to horses, birds and cattle. As to dogs, the ASPCA states that it can cause stomach upset if the pit is ingested but is probably less problematic if just the fruit is ingested.
Unless the pit is ingested, according to the ASPCA, the effects shouldn’t be much more than an upset tummy. The trouble is the unripe fruit, and the leaves. Those are the parts that contain the toxins.
But What About the Dog Food?
Here’s the thing. Dog food manufacturers use avocado. One of the most well-known manufacturers of dog food that contains avocado is Avoderm.
So, how do they get a pass?
Why would any manufacturer use avocado in dog food?
It goes back to the parts. Stems and pits are very bad for dogs, but the fruit itself can be very beneficial. That’s why you might find avocado in your dog food.
Think about this: for years upon years, people have been benefiting from avocados. They contain what’s considered to be “good fat” and they’re also very high in antioxidants. So, is avocado safe in dog food?
In fact, there’s a dog food, Avoderm, that’s been tested over and over and proven to be very good for dogs. It contains avocado and it’s pretty much proven to improve the skin and coat.
The thing is, a good pet food needs to have the right balance of nutrients. It can’t contain bark or leaves, skin or pits. It has to come from the pure fruit. Nothing else. The ingredients that are used in Avoderm are pure and the company takes every precaution to make sure none of the harmful parts of the fruit are present in the dog food.
The best pet foods have the right protein, nutrient and fat balance. They won’t cause symptoms in your dog like hair loss, odors and infections.
As for avocadoes, they’re super-foods. They contain tons of crude fiber, Vitamins A, C, B6 and E. They’re also rich in niacin, potassium, folate and other fatty acids that are essential to good health. Simply stated, avocado, absent the pit, is good food for your dog.
Most veterinarians agree: avocado, fed judiciously and without the pit, is good food for your dog. The main risk is in eating the toxic pit, or choking on it.
The Final Word
So, can your dog have avocado? Yes. But only the fruit, not the stems or the pits. Is there a danger of avocado toxicity in dogs? Yes, but only if you’re not careful.
Avocadoes are not, in and of themselves, toxic. But you do have to be careful. For more information on foods that are not good for your dog, check out Your Dog Is Not a Human, So Don’t Feed Him Like One.