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Can dogs eat avocado?

No, dogs can’t eat avocado. According to the ASPCA, avocado is on the lists of “People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets”.

No matter how you like the taste of avocado, don’t share it with your four-legged friend. Avocados are harmful for dogs.

For the nutritious value, avocado is the nutrient-rich fruit. Avocado is rich in vitamins, minerals and monounsaturated fats, which are the safest fats to consume. The Aztecs called avocados testicles, because they have the similar shape, and avocados are thought to be a aphrodisiac. Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats and low in saturated fat, they’re good for your heart and arteries. Besides that, avocados are a good source of biotin, which can keep your skin looking vibrant and smooth.

But, unfortunately, dogs can’t eat avocado. Avocado leaves, fruit and seeds all contain toxic named persin which can cause diarrhea and vomiting, and can develop difficulty breathing, heart failure and even death for dogs. Persin is a fatal toxin for canine, birds and rodents but harmless to humans.

Avocado core is large, it can cause choking, blockages of dog’s digestive tract and even death.

Some dog owners thought there was no problem if just feed small amounts of avocado. They said that their dogs have eaten avocados but dogs are still alive and well. I don’t disagree with this opinion, it isn’t worth the risk. The toxic dosage would be different between various breeds dogs. Most vets warn that don’t put dogs at higher risk of poisoning, it can be fatal in some cases.

Many dog owners may wonder why some commercial dog food contains avocados. The ASPCA explained this question recently: “The safety of products contains avocado is a difficult question, because we don’t know the food processing, how many avocados are used, or what minimum dose will cause poisonings.”

Maybe fears about avocados are overblown. But to be safe, keep your dogs away from avocado. If you think that your dogs have eaten avocado and observe some classic symptoms, call your vet immediately.