Can Dogs Eat Avocado? When it is or isn’t an Emergency

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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.

Can dogs eat avocado skin?

Certain parts of the avocado, including the skin, contain a fungicidal toxin called persin. This toxin may be harmful to dogs if it is eaten in large quantities. Avocado skin can also be problematic to dogs in other ways.

Many avocado varieties have a thick, bumpy skin. As a result, some dogs, especially smaller breeds, may have problems digesting the avocado skin. This may eventually lead to a blockage along the dog’s gastrointestinal tract. It’s common to see dogs experiencing symptoms like a loss of appetite, diarrhea, and vomiting when they have an obstruction in their body.

If you suspect that your dog has eaten a large piece of avocado skin then a trip to the vet might be warranted. If it’s just a tiny piece of avocado skin that your dog ate then you may just want to observe your dog closely for the next few days and make sure he is not showing any worrying behaviors.

Can dogs eat avocado oil?

Avocado oil is an edible oil that has grown in popularity due to its many health benefits. Because of this, some dog owners may be tempted to give some of this oil to their dogs as well.

The good news is that avocado oil isn’t considered toxic to dogs. It doesn’t include parts of the avocado that could be problematic for dogs, including the pit, skin, and leaves. Despite the oil having less risks than regular avocado, it does contain a high fat content which can be problematic for a dog’s stomach.

If you want to give your dog some avocado oil then only plan to give a tiny amount no more than once per week. A teaspoon worth of avocado oil could be considered an appropriate amount. Dog owners need to also keep in mind that certain dogs may have allergic reaction to foods that they haven’t ingested before so you should first confirm that your dog isn’t allergy to avocado before you supplement the dog’s food with the edible oil.


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