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Can Dogs Eat Avocados? Yes, But…

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If you have a four-legged friend, you likely know the joy of sharing food with them. Before you hand a piece of avocado to your dog, you probably ask yourself, “Can dogs eat avocado?” This type of question applies to any food you offer your dog, and in the case of avocados, the answer is generally yes.

Before you give any to your dog, though, doing a little research can help avoid any mishaps that could arise with your canine. Avocados are not bad for dogs, but there are a few things to consider.

Can Dogs Eat Avocados?

Yes, but Avocados can be difficult to tolerate for some dogs.

There is nothing in the avocado that is toxic to your dog. Unlike fries or potato chips, the healthy fats in avocado help support heart health and lower inflammation.

Many of the vitamins that are good for us are also important for our dogs. Essential nutrients such as magnesium and potassium can be found in avocado. Fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and vitamin E, which help keep your dog’s coat healthy and shiny, are also abundant in this superfood.

As with all foods, it is important to talk to your vet before letting your dog try anything new, especially if you feel unsure. Once you’re given the all-clear, feel free to offer some of this delicious fruit to your canine the next time you prepare it.

Are There Any Safety Concerns Feeding My Dog Avocado?

Is avocado bad for dogs? It isn’t, but there are some dogs that should avoid avocados. The fats in avocado are healthy and suitable for a balanced diet, but dogs with certain conditions may not tolerate them. Conditions like pancreatitis make it difficult for your dog to absorb fats. Try giving them squash or sweet potato instead.

Dogs with obesity should also avoid avocado. Because this fruit is high in calories, it’s not a good snack option for overweight dogs.

It’s also good to avoid store-bought guacamole and avocado dips because they often contain foods that your dog cannot have. Onions and garlic are popular ingredients in guacamole and will not sit well with your pet.

How Much Avocado Can I Feed My Dog?

A little goes a long way with this food. If you intend to let your dog try some, do so occasionally and in small bites. Even dogs that are healthy won’t tolerate large amounts. If you want to avoid tummy trouble, a few teaspoons are enough to get your pet the nutrition they need.

How To Prepare Avocado for My Dog

To prepare some of this excellent superfood for your dog, you can prepare it the same way you would for yourself.

Slice the avocado in half, and remove the large seed called the pit. Do not let your dog have the pit. It poses a choking hazard to your dog, and they won’t benefit from it even if they manage to chew it up. The same goes for the skin.

Once you remove the pit, scrape or cut the flesh from the skin, and cut the avocado into slices or chunks small enough for your dog. If they don’t care for the texture, you can try mashing some into their regular kibble.

Tips from Our Vets

The following is a list of tips on how to think about what human foods are (and may not be) safe for your dog from Dr. Jennifer Coates’ article on Foods Dogs Can and Cannot Eat.

There are some human foods that dogs can eat safely, as well as some human foods dogs can’t eat.

If you have a dog, you might be used to seeing adorable puppy eyes begging for a bite of, well, anything that you happen to be eating.

While it’s natural to want to share human food with your furry pal, many of the foods we eat are toxic to dogs. Some reasons foods may be harmful to your pup include:

  • Foods that are a problem due to our physiological differences (foods we can handle that a dog’s stomach can’t)
  • Other foods aren’t toxic, but are still potentially dangerous for dogs because they are hard to digest
  • Another category of foods that are a problem for dogs are foods that may contain high levels of fat

Some tips and words of caution if you are feeding your pet human foods:

  • Always keep in mind that new foods of any kind, including switching to a different dog food, can cause stomach upset.
  • When you find a human food you’d like to share with your pup, go slowly. Give small amounts at first and watch for any problems like vomiting or diarrhea before giving more.
  • Remember that treats should make up less than 10% of your dog’s diet. So all of the foods that are safe for your dog should be given in moderation to avoid weight gain and nutrient excesses and deficiencies.

What To Do if Your Dog Eats Something He Shouldn’t

Now that you know what foods are safe for dogs, it’s a good idea to know what to do if your pup eats food that’s toxic to dogs.

If your dog does end up eating something he shouldn’t, try not to panic. You have a few options for getting the help your dog needs:

  • The first is to call your dog’s veterinarian, who can advise you to either come into the office or to watch for signs of poisoning, obstruction, or other potential problems.
  • If it’s after hours, you can try calling an emergency veterinarian.
  • Another option is to call a pet poison control line. Be aware that there is a fee to use these services. Two that we can recommend are the ASPCA Animal Poison Control at (888) 426-4435 and the Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661.

In some cases, you might be told to induce vomiting in your dog. It is helpful to keep hydrogen peroxide on hand in case you need to do this.

Do not induce vomiting unless your veterinarian or someone from one of the pet poison control hotlines advises you to do so, however, because in some cases, vomiting can make the situation worse. [efn_note]Is it ever safe to induce vomiting? November 19, 2019. Accessed April 28, 2021.[/efn_note]

Final Thoughts

Can dogs eat avocados? Yes. Avocado is a good treat for most dogs and can make a great addition to their diet. Call your vet to ask if they think avocado would be a safe option for your dog and offer them some the next time you use it in your meal.

For more information on the foods dogs can not eat, including whether your dog can eat broccoli, peaches, salmon, oatmeal, or walnuts you can check out our series of guides on the subject.

I’m sure you’re interested in the quality of your dog’s food and your pet’s overall health in addition to having questions about what your dog can and can’t eat. We happen to have a ton of resources on that very topic.

One is a guide to how to add fiber to dogs diet, along with or our guide to choosing the best high fiber puppy food. If you’re worried about dealing with a situation where you’ve seen an upset stomach dog we have a guide for that as well, and we can even give you a sense of dog digestion time. If you’re portioning your dog’s food you can also check out our guide to choosing the best dog food feeder.

We also have a series of health and nutritional information for your dog. Our puppy weight calculator can let you know how big will my dog get, and our dog weight chart by age and breed can help you determine if your dog is the ideal weight, and we even have a collection of breed-specific growth charts to give you the appropriate size and weight for a goldendoodle full grown, great dane full grown, golden retriever full grown, chihuahua full grown, or a labrador full grown.

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