Be Careful with Feeding Avocados to Dogs

Dog owners must be careful when they let their dogs eat avocados. Certain parts of the avocado such as the skin, bark, leaves, and pits contain a natural toxin called persin. This toxin, however, is not the biggest worry for dog owners as it isn’t known to affect dogs and cats (unless it is ingested in large amounts).

The bigger worry with avocados is the high fat content and the potential for certain avocado parts to cause blockage in the dog’s gastrointestinal tract. Dogs, in general, don’t have digestive systems that can process a large amount of fat so eating a large amount of avocado may cause stomach or intestinal upset issues. Some dogs may show symptoms like diarrhea and vomiting.

Dogs that accidentally eat the pit of the avocado are at risk of experiencing obstructions in the gastrointestinal tract. In the worst case scenarios, dogs may need to have the pit removed via surgery if they aren’t able to process the avocado pit.

If you want to give your dog some avocado then please only give them a tiny amount of the ripe avocado flesh. Make sure to safely discard the “dangerous” parts of the avocado as well so that your dog has no way of ingesting them. You can also visit our human food guide for a full list of human foods dogs can and cannot eat.

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Disclaimer: The content on is for informational purpose only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian when in doubt.

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