In this article you will find:
- Scientific Name: Persea americana
- Common Name: Avocado, Alligator Pear
- Dangerous Compounds: Persin
- Toxic to Dogs: Not in small amounts
- Common Symptoms: vomiting, diarrhea, constipation
So, can dogs eat Avocados? Yes. Avocado is safe to feed your dog, but only in limited amounts.
Many people love avocado for its creamy texture and its health benefits. But foods that are healthy for people aren’t always healthy for dogs. In fact, several fruits contain compounds that can be toxic for pets like dogs and cats.
Avocado does contain a toxin called persin, but generally not in quantities that are dangerous for dogs.
Health Benefits of Avocado
Avocado is what many people would call a “superfood” because it contains high levels of a variety of different nutrients. This green fruit is known primarily for its content of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, though it is also rich in dietary fiber, antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals.
Here is an overview of the health benefits your dog can derive from eating fresh avocado fruit:
- A 100-gram serving of avocado contains about 160 calories with 2 grams of protein, 15 grams of fat, and nearly 7 grams of fiber.
- The sugar content of avocado is much lower than for many fruits and it only contains about 1.8 grams of net digestible carbs per 100-gram serving.
- Avocado is very rich in dietary fiber which helps to control your dog’s appetite and encourages the growth of healthy bacteria in his digestive tract – it may also reduce the risk for heart disease by stabilizing blood pressure and reducing blood cholesterol.
- Avocado is rich in monounsaturated fats like oleic acid which has powerful anti-inflammatory benefits and may protect against heart disease and cancer.
- Avocado contains high levels of folate, Vitamin B9, which helps to support your dog’s healthy cell and tissue growth.
- Avocado is rich in potassium which is important for blood pressure and hearth health.
- This fruit contains powerful antioxidants like Vitamin E which help to protect against free-radical damage and support a healthy immune system.
- Avocado is rich in Vitamin C, another antioxidant, which supports your dog’s healthy skin and coat while also benefiting his immune system.
- Avocado contains several beneficial plant compounds like carotenoids for eye health.
- The fruit of the avocado is very rich in Vitamin K which is essential for bone health – it can also help to increase calcium absorption which further benefits bone health.
While fresh avocado does provide some health benefits for your dog, it does contain a lot of fat so you should limit your dog’s intake. Avoiding large portions of avocado will also prevent your dog from having a reaction to the persin contained in the fruit.
Can Dogs Eat Avocados?
As long as you only feed your dog small amounts of avocado at a time, it shouldn’t cause a problem. You should never give your dog the avocado pit, however, because it could become lodged in his throat, causing a choking hazard.
You should also be aware that the leaves, skin, and stem of the avocado have more concentrated amounts of persin than the fruit, so only give your dog fresh avocado fruit and only in small amounts. Keep in mind that dogs also have a harder time processing plant products than animal products, so limit your dog’s intake of avocado to avoid digestive upset.
Though avocado is generally safe for dogs, it does contain a toxin called persin which can be dangerous for dogs and cats in very large amounts. This toxin is very dangerous for birds and large animals like horses and cattle but dogs tend to be fairly resistant to persin, however, so it is unlikely to cause a problem.
Some of the signs of persin toxicity may include vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation. If you notice your dog exhibiting these symptoms after eating a large quantity of avocado, you might want to have him checked out by your veterinarian just to be safe.
How much avocado is bad for a dog?
Too much avocado can cause gastrointestinal upset in dogs (and people) – vomiting, diarrhea, or sometimes both. One avocado should be fine for a medium-size dog, but two or three in a day? That is too many avocados for a dog. Keep in mind the nutritional make-up of avocados.
Is Avocado toxic to dogs?
The leaves, fruit, seeds and bark of avocados contain persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs, and more serious signs in other animals due to a wide range in sensitivity across species. Birds, horses and rodents are especially sensitive to avocado toxicity.
What should I do if my dog eats avocado?
The most likely result of your dog eating too much avocado, or ingesting the skin or stalk of the fruit, is that he will either vomit or have diarrhea. If he does vomit, give him little sips of water and watch him closely for any further symptoms.
Can dogs eat guacamole?
No. Avocado products, like guacamole, may also have other ingredients in them and should NEVER be fed to your dog. Onions, for example, are a common ingredient in guacamole that is harmful to dogs.