Can Dogs Eat Avocado? When it is or isn’t an Emergency
No, dogs shouldn’t eat avocado. This is a case where the risks outweigh the benefits.
Are avocados safe for dogs?
The flesh or pulp of the avocado isn’t considered toxic to dogs. A small piece of avocado is unlikely to hurt a dog as long as it’s just the flesh and not any other part of the avocado such as the skin and pit. The situation becomes different if your dog eats a large amount. For example, a puppy that eats many slices of avocado may fall sick and suffer from a gastrointestinal upset.
In addition to a gastrointestinal upset, avocados can make dogs feel very gassy because they contain a large amount of polyol called sorbitol. This is a serious concern as gassy foods like avocado can increase the risks of life-threatening disorders like canine bloat.
What to do if your dog ate an avocado
You should call the vet straight away if your dog ate a large amount of avocado. It’s not just the pulp or flesh that can cause health problems. Ingesting the avocado skin and pit can be even more dangerous to dogs. Swallowing a whole avocado, for example, can put the dog at major risk of choking or suffering from intestinal blockage once the avocado makes its way through the dog’s digestive tract.
The avocado pit can also hurt dogs if parts of it manage to get digested in the dog’s gastrointestinal tract. Avocado pits contain a substance called persin which has the potential to make a dog ill once it gets digested. Avocado skins also contain the same toxin. Make sure these parts of the avocado are safely discarded and kept out of the dog’s reach.
Can dogs eat guacamole?
Dogs shouldn’t eat avocado-based foods designed for human consumption like guacamole. It’s a much bigger red flag as guacamole makes use of ‘unsafe’ ingredients like onions and garlic.