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Talk about a conundrum. I seriously needed/wanted to know – can dogs eat avocado’s?…


Known as a “superfood” for humans, avocado’s are supposed to be a wonderful fruit –

  • Healthy for the heart
  • Great for vision
  • Osteoporosis prevention
  • Cancer
  • Healthy babies
  • Lower risk depression
  • Improved digestion
  • Natural detoxification
  • Protection from chronic diseases

But are they safe for dogs to eat? #thatisithequestion

I don’t eat avocado’s. I’ve never tasted one in any shape, form or Doodle fashion. At a dinner party, your guacamole is safe around me 🙂

So why did I have one in my house?

Doodle Dad brought it home because he “thought” he was going to use it in a recipe. One look at my face and he decided not to improvise or deviate from the original recipe.

Mr. Avocado has been residing in our refrigerator veggie bin ever since.

Harley and Jaxson eat a variety of fruits and veggies for snacks and also with their meals. #greenbeanlovers

I’m always trying to introduce “healthy” treats into their diet. Even if it’s something I don’t like to eat…



Rather than let the avocado go bad in the fridge, I could serve it with their dinner.

But first – since this was a “new food” – research was in order.

Once I started reading, I became more confused than ever! #headachekindofconfused

I could not make heads nor tails with the information I found. Some said yes – while other’s said no and Doodle Doc had gone home.


To summarize Dr. Jean Dodd’s Pet Health Resource Blog

  • Leaves, bark, seeds, skin and pits of the avocado contain a natural, oil soluble fungicide called persin.
  • Persin’s toxicity effect on animals depends on the species of the animal.
  • Persin is toxic to birds, rabbit, horses and ruminants (cattle, sheep, goats)
  • Those of us us whose canine and feline companions enjoy the occasional avocado indulgence can breathe a sigh of relief: persin does not adversely affect dogs or cats.
  • The primary danger of avocados to dogs and cats concerns the possibility of swallowing the large pit, causing blockage or obstruction in their esophagus, stomach or intestinal tract.

I also read –

The toxicity of this fruit comes from the persin that it contains, but this affects horses and birds much more than it will your pet dog. It’s important to prepare avocados by removing the seed and skin. Keep in mind this fruit is very fatty and will pack on the pounds. Provide only small portions to see if your dog’s digestive system agrees with avocado. Source: Can I Give My Dog…?


  • Since the ASPCA placed avocado’s on their “do not eat” list.
  • Almost every article warned that the fruit is very fatty.
  • And this video from the Medical Director of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center warned me that avocado’s can cause diarrhea and vomiting in dogs and cats…

I decided to hop, skip and jump my two little avocado’s over to my next door neighbor. #Igotasurpriseforyou

Even though I read avocado meat in moderation and small servings may be fine for your dog, I saw no compelling reason to add it to our menu.

Nana always said –

You can’t miss what you’ve never had!

And in this case, she is so right – Harley will never miss it…

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Vet DisclaimerI am not a veterinarian. I’m a pet parent always interested in understanding more about my dogs.


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  • Monika & Sam
    July 25, 2016

    We’re with you. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Good choice giving them to the neighbors. 😉

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 25, 2016

      HA! Monika – she doesn’t eat them either. LOL I might walk them down the street yelling “Avocado’s – Free Avocado’s” 🙂

  • Two French Bulldogs
    July 25, 2016

    Agree. Although some foods are “ok” we still avoid a few
    Lily & Edward

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 25, 2016

      This is the rule I live by! Turns out my next door neighbor doesn’t eat avocado’s either! So my two little friends are back in the fridge. LOL

  • Emma
    July 25, 2016

    Mom doesn’t like them, so we don’t have them in the house. Some foods are just better left elsewhere, rather than taking any risks.

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 25, 2016

      Well as soon as I can find a home for these two – I won’t have them in the house either. My neighbor doesn’t eat them either – apparently this is one fruit that is not as popular as I thought!

  • Kimberly Gauthier
    July 25, 2016

    My dogs don’t get avocados because I rarely have them although I love them. I slice them up, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and go to town. Yummm.

    Our dogs get many of the same things your dogs eat. I have blueberries in my garden – wow, they taste good when they’re fresh – and I’m excited about the pumpkin that’s growing. Just one this year. I plan to use the seeds as a natural dewormer.

    The rest of the garden is pretty much for the dogs too.

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 25, 2016

      Too bad you don’t live close – I’d drive them right over! I’m tempted to start a garden. We inherited the strawberry boxes in the backyard, and the boys really enjoyed them. I plan to give them some cucumber today for the first time – not sure if it will be a hit or not – we’ll see. Please write a post about the seeds – I’m intrigued.

  • DashLilly
    July 25, 2016

    Ohhhh I am a huge avocado fan and am missing them out here in PA. They were in crazy abundance in Colorado. The doodles here have never really liked any vegetables of fruit. No carrots, no green beans, no bananas. They are meat and potatoes kind of doods. Next time send those avocados my way!

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 26, 2016

      Meat and potato Doods! That’s hilarious. I wish I could send you my two lonely avocado’s. I think I will take them to my sister-in-law. Not sure if she eats them, but she loves fruits and veggies so perhaps…

  • Ann Staub
    July 25, 2016

    Well, I am also one of the few people not on the avocado train. I HAVE tasted them, but I don’t like them. My boyfriend eats them, so they are around here sometimes but I’ve never given any to my pets. I knew they were for sure bad for birds, but the dog/cat thing still seems to be largely undecided. I think I’m with you though. Don’t think Shiner is missing out too much.

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 26, 2016

      I like that – “the avocado train!” I’m sure in small portions it’s fine – but like you I don’t eat it therefore I don’t buy it so why bother…

  • Beth
    July 25, 2016

    Oh, I love avocados! And my dogs do too! After careful research, we tried AvoDerm that contains avocado in it and my dog’s coats are definitely softer and shinier. They say that healthy skin and coat is an obvious indicator of a dog’s health. I can even give it to my little allergy prone dog, Nelly, without adverse effects. The ASPCA has reevaluated avocados and lists them as non-toxic for dogs and cats. I’m not saying you should give them to your dogs, but avocados are considered a superfood for people, dogs and cats. I just wrote a sponsored post about AvoDerm today.

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 26, 2016

      AvoDerm is a great food!! – I was considering it years ago when the Boys were eating dry food. I ended up selecting Acana (another great kibble). I’m sure small amounts of avocado are fine, but I just never found enough compelling information to persuade me to give it a try. I will check out your AvoDerm post today!

  • Jan K
    July 25, 2016

    Luke might like to try some avocado, but the girls are fine on passing on any old fruit or vegetable! It’s been my understanding that it is just certain parts of avocados that are bad. But like you, I don’t eat them myself so they’re not likely to wind up in my house.
    However, we do buy some avocado treats that the crew loves. But avocado is not the first ingredient either, so I think it might be one of those things that is OK in moderation?
    I’m with you though….if there’s any doubt, then they don’t get it. I always go with “better safe than sorry”.

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 26, 2016

      I am sure small amounts are fine, but I just couldn’t find enough data with compelling reasons why I should throw caution to the wind and give it to them. As far as nutritional value or supplement assistance, I think I could find other foods that would do the trick without the “warning” connected to it. Just my thoughts 🙂

  • The Daily Pip
    July 25, 2016

    I am kind of an avocado addict. Ruby would probably never a chance to try avocado because I would EAT IT ALL before she even had a chance.

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 26, 2016

      They (humans) say it’s an acquired taste – and if you like it – you love it, and can’t get enough of it…..

  • Sand Spring Chesapeakes
    July 25, 2016

    I love them so I wouldn’t share with the dogs. Thanks for this information.

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 26, 2016

      Oh JoAnn – I wish you were closer – I’d give you mine!

  • Alison Palmer
    July 26, 2016

    Thanks for doing the research. My dogs will never know what they are missing. You, however, might want to give it just one try. Avocado is quite and rich in omega 3 fatty acids.

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 26, 2016

      You’re not the first person to try and tempt me to take a bite. Perhaps I was forced to eat it as a child and it left a negative impression deep in my subconscious – who knows, I just have never been attracted to it – at all. I will leave the avocado’s to those who truly enjoy them! Thanks so much for coming by – I will visit house cleaning by custom maid! Take care!

  • Valerie
    July 26, 2016

    I have wondered about avocados too!! Thank you for sharing this useful info! Luckily I haven’t fed this to my dogs before! But you, Doodle mom and dad, should try it! It’s very tasty with a bit pepper :D!

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 26, 2016

      I love to watch people eat them (sounds weird I know) because they eat it with such enjoyment. I think it’s the consistency that turns me off. As far as Doodle Dad is concerned, he just has strange food dislikes LOL