Can Dogs Eat Avocado? How Safe Is It?

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Dogs can eat avocados! This delicious fruit is healthy for your dog. It contains healthy fats and nutrients that are good for their skin and coat.

So it turns out that you can give your dog avocado. But before you start making guacamole for your pup, what are the benefits and risks? Can dogs eat avocado safely? Read more below.

Are Avocados Toxic to Dogs?

They’re a source of healthy fats and are often used in vegetarian dishes or as guacamole for dipping tortilla chips. But what about dogs? Can they enjoy them too? 

The answer is yes- but not without some risk! Avocados should be given to dogs in moderation as there are some risks that include.

High Levels of Fat

Dogs love avocados just as much as their human owners. Avocado is a fruit that’s high in good fats, making it great for folks who are on the go and need to pack something quick.

However, like all things too good to be true can become harmful when eaten excessively, avocado has its limits where dogs come into play.

One of the great things about avocados is that they contain good fats. Well, it’s not a bad thing for humans, but dogs can’t handle the high-fat content like we do. Too much avocado could lead to life-threatening conditions for our furry friends, such as pancreatitis.

Persin

Avocados are often praised for their high content of vitamins and minerals, but they also contain one dangerous element- persin. Persin is a toxic agent found in the avocado plant’s leaves and every other part of the plant, including its fruit. [1]

This substance could have some nasty consequences on your dog. It can be hazardous to dogs if consumed in large quantities or over time.

The Pit

Dog owners are reminded to be mindful of the dangers that avocados pose for their furry friends. One danger is found in a seed that, when swallowed, can cause your dog serious health complications and even death. 

Avocado pit contains persin, but it’s not as deadly as its choking hazard. If consumed by your pet pup, they will get lodged in the throat blocking airway passage, or worse, blocking their intestinal tract.

What are the Nutritional Benefits of Avocado to Dogs?

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Avocados are one of the most popular foods in culinary circles because they’re nutrient-dense and versatile. There’s a misconception that avocados come loaded with fat, but this is not entirely true.

Avocado contains healthy fats like oleic acid (your dog needs these too!) along with plenty of vitamins and minerals your pup can use for stronger bones, teeth, digestion, moods–you name it. [2]

You’ll be happy to know that avocado also has benefits you might not have expected, such as;

  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B3 
  • Folate
  • Fiber
  • Vitamin E
  • Antioxidants
  • Vitamin B6
  • Amino acids
  • Vitamin C

Avocados can be a great addition to your dog food dish. Avocado is rich in potassium and folate, which are essential to the healthy coat of fur, while vitamins A, B3, C, and E help with bone health as well as skin and eyesight.

Can Dogs Eat Guacamole?

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Sure, humans love guacamole, but dogs don’t. The few ingredients it contains, like onions and garlic, are harmful to dogs.

Although these two are in small doses, they can cause stomach upset or worse when ingested by an animal with sensitive digestive systems.

Avocado is safe at moderate levels, but I suggest giving them more dog-friendly dips instead.

How to Feed Avocado to Dogs

If you’ve decided to treat your pup to this nutrient-rich delicacy, there are some important things you should consider.

Feed Him Yourself

Don’t let your dog feed on an avocado by himself. Clean it nicely, unpeel and remove the pits to avoid choking. 

Feed Your Dog in Small Portions

Keep portions small by giving them only pieces at a time. Giving large amounts can lead to persin toxicity, and high-fat levels may be dangerous for dogs as well.

Give Plain Avocado

You thought you could sneak some guacamole to your dog when no one was looking? Sorry, but this delicious dip is actually not for them.

In fact, it’s so bad that if they eat too much of the stuff, their kidneys might fail, and they’ll end up in a vet clinic with a heartbreaking diagnosis or even death!

As discussed earlier, guacamole is a bad idea for dogs, so let it be plain if you want to feed them some avocado.

Can Dogs Eat Avocado In Large Quantities?

Too much avocado contains high levels of fat that are unhealthy for them. [3]

One medium-sized avocado should be fine per day, but two or three in one day is excessive. Keep in mind the nutritional makeup as well.

I’d recommend against feeding an obese dog or any dog that suffers from pancreatitis because avocados have been shown to aggravate these conditions by causing inflammation within their digestive tracts due to the fatty acids found in them.

What Are The Dangers Of Too Much Avocado?

Avocados are a delicious and nutritious fruit that can be enjoyed by humans, but they’re not very safe for our four-legged friends. Eating too much avocado will cause vomiting and diarrhea.

The high-fat content also has some severe consequences; such as pancreatitis and when taken in large amounts.

And because of their calorie density, avocado consumption could lead to obesity-which is unhealthy.

How Long Does Avocado Poisoning Last in Dogs?

There are varying levels of toxicity and how much the dog has consumed. For example, ingestion of less than one whole avocado by a 25-pound pup is usually not toxic. 

However, if more avocados were eaten, it could lead to symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea that may persist for up to three days. 

Can a Dog Die From Avocado?

Well, it depends. Yes, if the animal eats their own weight in avocados which means they are eating 60-80 pounds of fruit per day. If this occurs over time, it can cause kidney failure and other fatal conditions leading to death. 

No, because you would need to feed your pet an excessive amount for weeks or months before there could be any effects on them at all.

Is Avocado Skin Poisonous to Dogs?

In a word, yes. Avocado skin is poisonous to dogs due to its high concentration of compounds such as persin that are toxic when consumed by them. 

The genus Persin, which contains toxic substances such as persin or beta-sitosterol that are found in high concentrations on the outer layer of an unripe fruit’s surface, has been associated with dog poisoning cases worldwide.

The Bottom Line

Some medical conditions may be worsened by eating avocados, so they are not for every dog.

If you’re worried about persin poisoning, you can choose other treats that provide similar health benefits without the persin.

If you want to feed your dogs avocado, choose the organic, ripe ones that are free of chemicals and additives.

Remove the pits, skins, and stems. It is best to serve avocados plain, or you can mix them in with your dog’s other regular foods.

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Andrei Bratu
Andrei is the owner of Dog Food Camp and manages the team of expert writers on the site. He is passionate about helping dog lovers learn about canine nutrition.

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