Avocados Are Dangerous to Dogs

The fruit’s leaves, seeds and bark contain a dog-unfriendly toxin.

Posted: November 8, 2006, 5 a.m. EST

While there are many foods that both humans and dogs can enjoy, there are others that — while perfectly safe and healthy for people — can be dangerous to our animal companions. One example of this is the avocado.

"Avocado leaves, fruit, seeds and bark contain a toxic principle known as persin,” according to Dana Farbman, CVT, of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. "The Guatemalan variety, which is the most common variety found in stores, appears to be the most problematic.”

The primary concern in dogs is gastrointestinal irritation, including vomiting and diarrhea. Typically, these effects are seen in dogs who have scavenged on significant quantities of fruit or branches.

If you suspect that your dog has eaten avocado — or any other potentially dangerous substance — call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s emergency hotline at (888) 426-4435 for 24-telephone assistance.

For more information on poison prevention, visit the APCC online.


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danielle   buffalo, New York

2/14/2014 9:10:59 PM

I would just like to point out that just because your dog can eat something or likes something doesn't mean it is healthy for your dogs overall

.a lot of foods can be dangerous in large

this means that just because your dog has eaten something 1 or 20 times, doesn't mean the next time the amount could be to much and they could

Also if given often for long periods of

this means your dog may not show any signs or symptoms at the time of consumption but it could lead to disease (such as diabetes), or a shortened lifespan.

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Jan   Ordot, Guam

9/7/2013 2:10:31 PM

This is really untrue. Where I'm from, avocado is abundant in our yard, just falling off the tree even after sharing it with family and friends. My dogs look forward to their avocado treats. I usually feed them daily when in season, as a matter of fact they even pick it off the ground, that's how much they love avocado.

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Jody   Ingleside, Texas

2/9/2013 7:10:45 AM

I truly hope it is untrue! My two female Jack Russell Terriers dug up one my sister planted and each ate half the pit earlier this morning.

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Penny   Dallas, Texas

12/4/2012 3:08:46 PM

ACTUALLY everyone this article IS true, but ONLY in the case of the leaves, pit and bark! Which no one eats! When we eat advocado or feed to our dogs we give the flesh only and the flesh is FULL of health benefits.

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