Avocados are one of the most popular health foods on the market.
They might very well be a nutrition-rich and yummy snack for you, but what about your dogs? Can your pets eat avocado?
The short answer is: yes and no.
Confused? Well, conscience answers generally are confusing!
Read on to find out whether to give avocado treats to your dogs, and if so, how to give it to them the right way?
Are Avocados Good For Dogs?
Not just good, avocados are great for your dogs!
You may even find them on the ingredients list in dog foods of certain “healthy” brands as well.
The fatty acids, potassium, and folate present in avocados help your dogs in maintaining a healthy fur. A regular intake of these fatty acids also keeps their coat smooth and shiny.
Additionally, the avocados are packed with loads of vitamins such as A, B3, B6, C, and E.
These helpful vitamins work together to provide tons of health benefits such as boosting eyesight, skin health, immunity, brain function, lowering triglyceride levels, and providing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
The “good fats” in avocados also help lowering cholesterol.
So, can you just cut the avocado into small, bite-sized chunks and feed them to your pets anytime you feel like? We’ll discuss that next.
Potential Health Issues Posed by Avocados
Avocado plant’s leaves, stem, seeds, skin — basically the entire fruit has varying degrees of a toxic chemical compound named persin.
This compound is the reason that the benefits of feeding avocado to your dogs get questioned.
As it happens, our four-legged friends are highly resistant to persin.
To experience the toxic effects of it, your doggos would have to eat a significant quantity of avocados, which is improbable but certain dogs like going on a scavenger hunt all over the house to eat anything they can get their paws on.
As a caring dog parent, you’ll have to ensure that your pets don’t consume avocados regularly, and on the days they get to eat them, it shouldn’t exceed 10% of their calorific intake.
Apart from persin, another concern is the avocado pit (also called the avocado seed), which is the golf ball shaped and sized thing in the center of the avocado.
The pit contains persin too, but the bigger threat lies in its bulky volume, which can get stuck in your dog’s throat, blocking the windpipe and thus, causing a choking hazard.
Safe and Unsafe Parts of an Avocado
For the reasons mentioned above, the avocado pit is of course risky for your dogs to eat.
Other than the pit, the skin of the fruit is also unsafe and should be completely removed before feeding it to your pooches.
Coming to the safe parts, the avocado flesh/meat isn’t toxic to dogs, and they can harmlessly eat it in moderation.
Additionally, avocado oil and pulp are also safe to be consumed by your dogs as they don’t contain persin.
It should be noted that although non-toxic, the avocado oil should still be given to your pets in limited amounts as it is high in fat content which may cause weight problems in your beloved pets.
Can Dogs Eat Avocado?
The short answer is yes; if you feed it to them correctly.