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Are Avocados Really Bad for Dogs?

7 Comments 29 October 2010

After my last newsletter, in which I gave recipes for dogs that included avocado (you may see it in Sergei’s video below) I have received many warnings from readers saying that avocados are bad for dogs, some people even said they are dangerous. I thank you all for taking the time to write to me, it inspired me to do some additional research and that is what I found.

There has never been any clinical studies done on if avocados are bad for dogs at least I could not find any trace of such research. The recommendations which states avocados are bad for dogs was created by the main manufacturers of  commercial dog food. I totally understand the motive these companies might have behind this claim. In one recommendation they say that avocados contain a toxin called persin, which could cause irritation of the digestive track in animals if consumed in significant quantities. The other source explained that avocados are dangerous for dogs because they could choke on the seed.

In 1998 my family lived for several months in Napa Valley, California, in a large avocado orchard. We witnessed daily  all the neighborhood dogs feasting on the abundance of avocados around the trees, and every night coyotes would come down from the hills and enjoy avocados as well. Our basset hound, Dasha, was not an exception. One thing we noticed was how beautiful and shinny Dasha’s coat became from the avocado in her diet.

I also wonder how an avocado pit could be a concern for dogs, when golf course balls and other dog toys are similar in shape and widely used by all kinds of dogs.

Finally, there is one of the most caring dog food companies Avoderm that adds avocado oil to most of their products and have a picture of an avocado on their packaging. This company manufactures organic high quality pet food and has a great reputation with customers (and their dogs:).

I prefer to base my decision on what to feed dogs, firstly on my own observation and secondly on reliable scientific data. I am rather concerned by the advice given to me from the manufactures of pet food who routinely add to pet products questionable ingredients such as:

Ground yellow corn, meat and bone meal, corn gluten meal, chicken by-product meal, animal fat (preserved with BHA/BHT), wheat mill run, wheat flour, Carmel Color, Wheat Gluten, Choline Chloride, dl-Alpha lPolyphosphate  Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate , Biotin, Calcium Pantothenate, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Added FD&C and Lake Colors (Yellow 6, Blue 2, Red 40, Yellow 5), and so on. All you need to do is look at the package of most pet foods in any store.

One of the best things I have learned from becoming a raw foodie is to go against the mainstream and not to trust everything the authorities tell me. Because we love our pets so much, it’s another reason to question what ‘they say’.


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  1. Thanks so much, I agree! I give my labs avocados a lot. In addition to green smoothies after meals…as a snack and maybe an apple or two or three… my rescue lab lost over 10lbs and her coat is gorgeous now. (along with washing her with Wash Tyme soap – which I make)… she had come to us in bad condition, skin issues & a terrible case of seperation anxiety.. she was terribly neglected. She is doing awesome now and her anxiety is sooo much better now. She is a real dog and we love her.. Good girl Ginger (aka Gin Gin). We really think adding a lot of raw friut & lots of love really helped her.

  2. Gail says:

    Very interesting. Love dogs.

    Sergei – I believe your dog, Bella is a Rhodesian Ridgeback (mix?).

    If you go on and various other websites, you will see.


  3. Kat says:

    Thanks for this awesome video…and Bella is so beautiful!

  4. rtuh brown says:

    I have given my dogs avocados for years, also apples, and melons and eggs. They are very healthy. I do not give them grapes or raisins.

  5. Armin says:

    Hi Sergei / Victoria,

    Thanks for the info :-) I.m from Germany and recently i fed my Lab (also Bella) some Avo and she seemed to love it.
    A couple of days later i thought to myself well let me google and see what the i-net says.
    I was suprised to find articles about Avo being dangerous for dogs.
    Now that i,ve read your article i am relieved :-)
    I grew up in South Africa and we had Avo trees in our garden and i thrived on them which i still do ;-)
    Somehow i just could,nt believe that such healthy fruit could be dangerous.
    Your Video is great and Bella looks really healthy !
    Hope you enjoy many many years with her :-)

    kind regards

    Armin + Bella

  6. Anais says:

    I just read this… I think your readers should read it to… horses, rodents, rabbits No Avocado… dogs, cats no known issues :

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for this, my dog used to eat heaps of avocados on my mums property and he had one of the best coats ever, he even crunched the stone up and ate that too, if he wasn’t playing chase with it.

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