Can Dogs Eat Avocado? Are Avocados Bad for Dogs?
As we know, doggos love to eat human foods. Whenever you sit down to eat something while your dog is around, you’ll always witness some puppy dog eyes or overly affectionate behavior as they try to convince you to hand over your food. It doesn’t usually matter what you eat, your adorable doggo will want your food if they don’t have any of their own.
Although this behavior can be adorable and fun to watch, you’ll need to be careful with some foods you decide to give your pup as not all human foods are safe for dogs. Avocados are one of the challenging foods as some dogs can eat them without any problems while others won’t handle them very well at all. So, even if you’re trendy enough to enjoy avocado on toast (or however you have it), your fluffy friend might not be.
Let’s take a closer look at why avocados can be harmful dogs and how to keep them safe around this food.
Are Avocados Bad for Dogs
Although a little bit of avocado might be totally harmless for some dogs, you have to be careful as this is not the case with all dogs. Scientists haven’t identified any reason why some dogs are unaffected by this food so you can’t tell which dogs can handle it just because of their age, breed or gender. Avocados can be dangerous for a few reasons so it’s important to learn why and how to keep your dog safe if you have avocados in your home.
When you remove the pit from an avocado, be sure to immediately discard it in a safe place where your dog can’t access it. The pit not only poses a choking hazard, but it can also become very dangerous when eaten. If your dog eats a pit and it is too large to pass through its digestive system, it can become stuck and prevent healthy bodily functions. In this instance, your dog would have to visit the vet immediately and the pit would have to be removed through a small operation. For this reason, it’s best to safely discard the pit immediately when prepping your healthy snack.
Avocado naturally produces a substance called persin, an antifungal toxin which is present in the leaves, skin, pulp and seeds of the plant. This substance can be safe for humans to eat but results can vary for different animals. Some animals can handle small quantities while others can become fatally ill after any amount, but there is no way to tell how an animal will react. If your dog eats some avocado and experiences vomiting, diarrhea or a loss of appetite between 2 to 24 hours afterwards, you should inform your vet immediately. It is likely that they are experiencing minor food poisoning from persin and, while it typically doesn’t require medication nor medical attention, you should always seek professional advice from your vet.
But What If Dogs Show No Visible Symptoms
If your dog eats some avocado but doesn’t show any of the previously mentioned symptoms, this could mean that one of two things. Either they don’t experience these symptoms (which is very rare) or they have simply not consumed to enough to show visible symptoms. However, we still don’t advise regularly giving your dog avocado even if you don’t witness any symptoms. This is because dogs that eat avocado are at a higher risk of developing pancreatitis. This condition can be caused for a number of nutritional reasons, one of which being a high level of fat in the blood. As avocados have naturally high levels of fat, it is unsurprising that this fruit can cause pancreatitis in dogs. So, to keep your pupper safe and healthy, keep them away from avocados at all times.
If you have a dog who has tried avocado before and hasn’t developed any negative symptoms, this doesn’t mean they are totally immune to the fruit. As previously mentioned, while some dogs may suffer from food poisoning or even pancreatitis after a small amount, some dogs would have to consume much larger amounts to suffer any effects. So, even if you haven’t noticed the effects, they may occur at some stage if you continue feeding your dog avocado. For this reason, we recommend finding alternative tasty treats for your precious pooch.
Keeping Your Pup Safe
If you regularly have avocados in your home, it’s a good idea to keep them away from your dog to prevent any possible accidents. Keep them stored safely and securely away from your dog’s reach in the refrigerator and don’t leave them out on surfaces as a curious canine might discover them. After peeling and removing the pit from your avocado, dispose of the waste safely in a bin which your dog can’t get access to or, even better, put them in a compost bin outside if you have one. By simply storing your foods safely, you’ll immediately keep your dog away from the dangers of non-doggy food.
If you live with family, friends or regularly have visitors in your house, it might be a good idea to print a list (or get one form your vet) which contains human foods which are safe for dogs to eat. You could also get another list of foods which dogs should not eat and hang these together in your kitchen or stick them on the refrigerator. Keeping yourself and guests informed on your dog’s nutritional needs and dangers is the best way to have a safe space for your pooch and to keep them healthy.