Can Dogs Eat Avocado? Dog Health Guide

Avocado is well regarded as one of the healthiest and most beneficial fruits for humans. But can dogs eat avocado? Today we tackle this very popular question among many dog owners. Come with us, find out more about this fruit and its effect on dogs.

Also find out: Can dogs eat watermelon?


Quick answer:

Yes, if it’s a very, very small portion. And you must always remove the seeds (pits), leaves, and skin, first. Removing these is not optional, it’s the thin line between a healthy treat and a dangerous snack.

Is Avocado as Good to Canines as it Is to Humans? – Can I Give it To My Dog?

What a trusty fruit! It is not one of the most popular among humans, but sure is one of the healthiest. But what about your furry buddy? Can dogs eat avocado? And if so, is it as beneficial? Well, the short answer is, yes dogs can eat avocado, but no, it is not as beneficial to pets as it is to humans. In fact, most dog treats with avocado are actually better for the canine then the avocado itself. However, yes you can give him a very, very small portion of the fruit with some big precautions to consider first. Keep reading to learn more.

Does Avocado Contain a Harmful Toxin for Pets?

Although the fruit does contain persin, this chemical is present in larger quantities in the seeds, leaves, and skin of the fruit. Thus, one reason why we must remove them before feeding to our dog. In fact, the persin in the fruit won’t be harmful to your dog if given in small portions. Let me add that avocado is actually very beneficial to your dog. As we already mentioned previously, avocado dog treats promote a healthy skin and coat. What you might not know however, is that avocado oil is also highly beneficial for pets. It removes tangles and enhances a healthier skin and coat as well (even more than the eatables).

Addressing the Myth

There’s a big myth around this chemical persin. Contrary to popular belief, avocados are not poisonous to dogs and cats. However, indeed they can cause an upset stomach and diarrhea if consumed in a large quantity. The truth is that persin is much more dangerous to birds and horses than to dogs and cats.

The Real Danger is the Seed (pit)

There’s a real danger in the avocado: the seed. Avocado pits are very big and resistant. If your dog eats one, it can very possibly result in a blockage of the gastrointestinal tract or a choking hazard. This is what truly can pose a danger to your canine. Please remove the seed before feeding. We can’t stress enough how important this.

My Dog Ate the Seeds, Leaves, or Skin by Accident – What Now?

If your dog ate a seed (pit) by accident, despite its weight and size, take him to the vet as soon as possible. At first it may seem that everything is fine, and he won’t have issues digesting. In most cases, this is not true. After a few hours your dog can have serious stomach pain, and often even worse. The “worse” part is more common among small breeds, which doesn’t mean it can’t happen to large dogs. Gastrointestinal blockage and choking must not be taken lightly.

Now, if he eats a leaf (highest source of persin), or skin, it won’t really be an issue. Most probably the dog will be fine, as a small quantity is not enough to actually be poisonous. However, if you notice vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain, please visit a veterinarian.

Nutritional Value of Avocado – Does it Have Benefits for Dogs?

Yes, avocados do have some nutrients that dogs benefit from. Withal, it is far from being a high-source of nutrients for the canine. If you are looking to feed him a fruit that is particularly healthy for him, there are better options. This being said, let’s mention some of the avocado nutrients that are good for him/her:

  • Vitamin C* – Strengths the skin and gives it elasticity. It may also help fight fevers. Vitamin C also functions as an antioxidant, protecting the cells from being destroyed and eliminating free radicals.
  • Vitamin K – Improves liver and blood health. It can also help with heart and bone-related diseases.
  • Fiber – Plays a great role in our dog’s digestive health. Although some people do not consider it vital to the animal’s diet. It enhances bowl movements, fights constipation, diarrhea, and diabetes.

*Dogs do not need extra vitamin C. Their bodies already produced the amount of vitamin they need.

nutritional table avocado

Frequently Asked Questions:

Let’s go over some of the most FAQ. It’s important to take everything into consideration, not only to educate ourselves but for other dog owners also.

What Dosage is Healthy?

It is one of those human treats that you should give him in very small portions and not too often. To make sure you are giving him a healthy dosage consider between 20 to 60 grams according to his/her weight, size, and health record.

What are the Symptoms** of an Allergic Reaction?

This is unlikely to happen. Avocado allergies are not common at all. Nonetheless, there is a serious issue around avocados: the seed. It can block your dog’s intestinal tract and cause serious harm. If this is the case, visit a doctor. Symptoms of intestinal blockage are vomiting, lethargy, and abdominal pain.
**These are the most common examples, please contact your local vet if you have noticed anything unusual, even if we didn’t list it above.

Conclusion: Can Dogs Eat Avocado?

Yes, they can. Just make sure it’s no more than 20 to 60 grams, according to their weight, size, and health. Remove any seeds and skins, as those indeed are bad for the pet. It’s okay to treat him with a little snack but always take into consideration that there better alternatives. Also, don’t forget that it’s always a good idea to check with the vet first. 

Find more info on can dogs eat: cauliflowerradishes, and kiwi.

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