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Did you know that avocados are good for dogs? A few years ago I came across an infographic listing common foods that are toxic for dogs; I was surprised to see avocado on the list. Taking my better safe than sorry attitude, I made sure my dogs didn’t eat avocados. However, recently I learned that avocado fruit is NOT toxic to dogs. Avocado pit, leaves, bark, and skin contain persin, a compound that is known to be toxic to horses and birds, but not dogs. Avocado pits are a choking and blockage hazard to dogs, but the part humans eat? That is also healthy for dogs!
AvoDerm natural dog food received the second highest rating from Dog Food Advisor. We know that avocados are a superfood for humans, and it turns out they are also really good for dogs.
From AvoDerm: “Avocados are a natural superfood, full of nutrients, crude fiber, and contain vitamins A, C, and E, as well as B6. They are rich in folate, potassium, niacin, essential fatty acids crucial to good skin, and coat health, and they also help to promote overall health.
The avocado meal and oil used in the AvoDerm Natural pet products comes from the meat of the fruit and does not contain the leaves, bark, skin or pit of the fruit. The oil is extracted from ripened fruit in which the meat pulp has been separated from the skin and the pit.”
About a month ago I was asked to let my dogs try AvoDerm. First I read this report from the ASPCA: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants/avocado. Next, I read this one from Veterinary Pet Insurance: http://www.petinsurance.com/healthzone/pet-articles/pet-health-toxins/Avocados-and-Pets.aspx. Both concluded that avocado fruit is safe for dogs. So, I decided to let my dogs try it.
I transitioned Theo and Sophie to it during a week with no issues. Shortly after that, my husband and kids went camping for almost a week.
When they came back, my son commented on how Theo’s fur seemed so much softer than it normally it is. I’m always surprised when my teens notice something like that.
I have to give AvoDerm the credit for that! Healthy skin and coat are signs of good health. We love the texture of Theo’s softer fur. Due to Nelly’s allergies, I didn’t start her on AvoDerm when I started the other two. Last week, I started her giving her a little bit of AvoDerm with her regular food. Her allergies didn’t flare up. If you have an itchy dog, try AvoDerm for healthy skin!
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I’d love to see your pet photos after they try AvoDerm. Please tag me on Instagram (@dailydogtag) and use the hashtag #AvocadosForDogs!
About Alice G Patterson Photography: Based in Syracuse, New York, Alice specializes in senior portraits, dog photography, and photography for small businesses. Follow Alice G Patterson on Instagram.
Alice G Patterson says
Love your little man Theo; and it is great to get the proper info on avocados out there!
Thanks for all the great photos!
Taylor Mobley says
So awesome. 🙂 I wonder if avocado is good for cats too? I don’t have any dogs (yet — just wait until I get out of my apartment!) but I do have the worlds sweetest kitty!
Taylor, avocado flesh is also good for cats! AvoDerm makes cat food as well!
Shann Eva says
Theo is so adorable. That’s so awesome that it makes his coat softer. I didn’t know that avocados were OK for dogs, so this is some great information.
Good to know because my dog eats just about anything..when we eat guacamole, I guess he can have some:) Your dog is too cute.
Travel Pockets says
I had no idea avocados could be fed to dogs. Gonna have to share this 🙂
I wasn’t sure about avocados! But now I know! I do love them, especially with some pepper in a salad!! Yummy!!
Juliet Chelton says
What an interesting piece. Avocados really are a superfood for the whole family, especially its skin and now fur softening properties.
wait what?? ALL this time we have been super duper careful not to give it to him! especially since we use avocado oil for salad dressings. Wow this is totally awesome!
We got to try AvoDerm last year and my girls loved it! I was really impressed with the company and learned a lot about the benefits of avocado!
2 Brown Dawgs says
I have also heard that avocados were toxic to dogs. Thanks for looking into this and for the great review. It sounds like a food to consider.
I too thought until recently that avocados were toxic for dogs, but after some research learned that it is the pit that we must not let our dogs digest.
Talent Hounds says
I love avocados and often feed a bite to Kilo. He loves them!
Luna C. Lupus says
This is amazing! I’m still so confused by what dogs can and cannot eat as everyone is saying differently! I remember how a few years ago, I was 10000% sure that dogs can’t eat potatoes! Up until this blog post, I was convinced they can’t eat avocados, either! The things you learn. 😀 Thank you for sharing!
Ruth and Layla says
Its a great product, I received samples of it from some expo 🙂
Sweet Purrfections says
Interesting. We always heard they were toxic, too.
Gone to the Snow Dogs says
This gives me some great new treat ideas
Cathy Armato says
I used to feed my dogs Avoderm years ago but after awhile I couldn’t find it anymore. It’s great to know that avocados can be healthy for dogs!
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Lola The Rescued Cat says
Great information. Mommy says they’re yummy so we’re glad doggies can enjoy them, too.