Can Dogs Eat Avocados?

Of course you want your four-legged friend to be happy and healthy. That means you have to monitor what he gets into. Among other things, it also means watching what he eats. Some people foods have no effect on dogs, while others like avocado, can have some adverse reactions to your little guy.


Are Avocados OK?

Unfortunately, avocados are not on the doggie diet list. That means you can't feed him any part of the fruit, bark, leaves or seed. Yup, no chips and guacamole for you little guy either.

Why Are Avocados Bad?

Avocados have something called persin in all parts of the avocado plant and fruit. This substance is generally not harmful to humans, unless you have an allergy to it. Dogs, on the other hand, can't handle the stuff.

Symptoms After Eating Avocados

If your pooch has gotten eaten any part of avocado, he may start to show some adverse reactions to the stuff. Nasal congestion, problems breathing, vomiting, diarrhea and possible accumulation of fluid around his heart may result from his avocado indulgence.

What to Do

As soon as you realize that your pooch has munched on some avocado, you need to act quickly. Call your local vet or veterinary emergency clinic for further instruction. If this is not an option, call the ASPCA animal poison control center at 888-426-4435. If you call them, however, there may be a fee for their services.

By Susan Revermann

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Susan Revermann is a professional writer with educational and professional experience in psychology, research and teaching. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington in psychology, focused on research, motivational behavior and statistics. Revermann also has a background in art, crafts, green living, outdoor activities and overall fitness, balance and well-being.