Avocado is a very tasty fruit typical of the tropical and subtropical regions that is much appreciated all over the world. It has many beneficial properties for humans, but is it the same with dogs?
Opinions differ, and while some argue that avocados pose no danger, others put them on the list of fruits that dogs cannot eat. Do not miss this article by PeritoAnimal in which we will clarify for you if dog can eat avocado or not.
Avocado for dogs: properties
Avocado ( Persea americana ) is a piriform fruit with colors that can range from green to brownish red and is characteristic of tropical and subtropical regions and found in abundance in Brazil.
Consumed on a balanced diet, it has many benefits and applications from nutrition, cosmetics and even human medicine:
- It is a fruit with the highest protein and vitamin A content;
- It is also rich in iron, magnesium, vitamin B6, C and E;
- It is widely used with cosmetic component to moisturize and soften the skin;
- Presents analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties;
- Some authors argue that it is good for controlling hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol, anemia, stomach pain and diarrhea.
Avocado is much appreciated as fruit, prepared in salads, turned into guacamole or as a dessert. However, despite its benefits to humans, can dog eat avocado? Keep reading to find out.
Can dog eat avocado?
The practice of feeding the dog a rich diet of fruits and vegetables without chemicals such as dyes or preservatives is increasingly common and practiced. After all, this diet can be beneficial to the pet if the guardian is well informed and provides the pet with a balanced diet.
Dogs are omnivorous animals, meaning they can feed on plant and animal sources. It is very normal for your pet to order the foods you are eating. But beware, because he likes the smell and taste is not enough to offer because he can not distinguish if it is a toxic dog food .
Can you give avocado for dogs?
Although avocado seems harmless and beneficial to humans, it has a fungicidal toxin, persina, which is toxic to dogs, cats, horses and birds. Of course, some authors and tutors say they can give avocado to dogs , because their own animals ate avocado, liked it and repeated it. However, the truth is that animals do not all have the same type of metabolism and what in some has adverse effects in others does not. However, most of the time avocado is potentially toxic to dogs and cats , and in poultry and horses it is even more serious and life threatening .
It is not known exactly what the minimum amount causes poisoning, however it is known that the toxin is more concentrated in the bark, leaves and stone, and the pulp has less concentration. So why risk it? Avoid offering human food to your dog, especially if they are seasoned and have bones. Therefore, answering your initial question, dog should not eat avocado or its derivatives . If your dog has eaten avocado and has not reacted badly, be careful with its bark, leaves and stone.
My dog ate avocado, now what?
Clinical signs from an avocado- poisoned dog are nonspecific, meaning an animal intoxicated with another food, product or disease may also have these symptoms. However, should you notice any changes to the following, you should consult your veterinarian immediately .
The symptoms of intoxicated dog are:
- Gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting , diarrhea , discomfort or abdominal dilation;
- It may trigger fluid accumulation in tissues and organs such as the lungs and heart or in free spaces such as the chest or abdomen, and may cause the breathing to be disturbed and uncomfortable (dyspnea) or unable to breathe;
- Lethargy / apathy;