Comments on Avocados Are Dangerous to Dogs

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Jonelle   Long Beach, CA

10/4/2009 10:28:57 PM

I have a friend that gives her dogs Avacado all the time because it is supposed to be good for their coat.

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Nancy   Columbia, SC

8/31/2009 4:37:43 PM

Dried avocado is an ingredient that is listed in the dog food I buy, Nutro Ultra, which is a more expensive holistic dog food. So if it was bad for dogs they wouldn't put it in dog food.

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Thelma   McAllen, TX

7/22/2009 12:50:22 AM

I have a 5 yr old Toy Poodle and Hass avocado has been a favorite (almost daily) treat for him ultil 2 months ago that I foud out it's dangerous for dogs. He never ever had any of the symptoms mentioned on the article, so, are avocados really poisonous? or as some food is for some humans, only a type of irritating food?

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Jana   Kennesaw, GA

7/17/2009 10:14:45 AM

My dog ate two avocados last night. I bemusingly mentioned it to a friend and she told me that avocados are toxic to dogs and that I might need to induce vomiting. I started researching online and saw numerous articles citing the ASPCA which stated the same. So, I called my vet's office who told me that they did not have avocado listed as a toxic plant for cats or dogs. I found this curious, so I decided to directly view the ASPCA's website. The ONLY symptoms listed for avocado and dogs or cats are vomiting and diarrhea. Check for yourself

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/plant- s/avocado.html

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R.M.   Glendale, CA

5/23/2009 1:06:17 PM

I've had avocado trees for nearly sixty years. At least six dogs lived long and healthy lives chowing on (Hass)avocados. This information is urban legend and unsubstantiated. The squirrels do very well, by the way, eating large amounts of my avocados, without my permission of course. Little bastards.

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Vanessa   Salem, OR

4/26/2009 8:20:10 PM

Well in the top subtitle, it leaves out the 'fruit' but in the paragraph it lists that it is also toxic, along with the leaves, pit, and bark. Looking into this, it is also my question because there a lot of contradicting sites and answers.


I have a mini chihuahua that loves them! She doesn't get a lot but I have shared one with her a few times. When I spoke with my vet before, the only things that she said to keep away from were raisons, grapes and tomatoes (as well as chocolate) but never said anything about the avocado.

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Danielle   Tipp City, OH

4/17/2009 5:35:09 PM

Honestly, avacoado is one of my dogs favorite foods. My daughter informed me that these are dangerous!


One year ago, he swallowed a whole avacado pit. I phoned my vet and informed him of the incident. He said he would be fine as long as he passed the pit, but said nothing as far as avacados being dangerous! He informed me that all is safe, but the pit could be a problem. I informed her that I couldn't keep Jack out of the avacado's nor the
asparagus!!

Nothing but kibbles from now on Jack...Jack is an Australian Cattledog and tries to eat everything I am eating.


No more...My question is, if these are so dangerous for dogs, why aren't our veterinarians informing us??

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Sheila   Plano, TX

4/9/2009 4:24:01 PM

Please tell me why then is there a "healthy" dog food called Avoderm that has some avacado oil in it. Is that dangerous. I would really appreciate an answer. Thank you

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Sezanne   Los Angeles, CA

3/18/2009 7:16:54 PM

This all quite confusing. I fed my dog a tiny bit of avocado last night only to read this morning in a local dog mag that avocados are supposedly poisonous. I too wonder that if this is true how is that Avoderm is such a popular brand of food. It would be nice to have a followup to this story.

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Marc   Mahopac, NY

3/9/2009 11:59:14 AM

Avoderm a dog food company sells a canned dog food made with Avocado. They claim this fruit is very healthy for dogs. Is their formula non toxic.

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Marty   Riverside, CA

2/12/2009 1:33:04 PM

I have to agree with the other comments. While some dogs may be allergic to avocado, our dog lived to be 20 years old and had a beautiful coat from eating the avocados that fell from the tree. He would growl sometimes when we tried to pick them. Another dog, a Rottweiler did well on a diet of Avoderm dog food and lived to 13 years old.

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Ric   Santa Barbara, CA

11/17/2008 7:20:25 PM

I've had one Golden Retriever and two Yellow Labs. We have always had avocado trees and our dogs have always eaten plenty of avocados with no Ill effects. My Golden lived to be 14 years old, one of my Labs lived to be 12 and the Lab I have now is 6. Other than being a little chunky, they have been pretty healthy and have always had beautiful coats. Who knows, maybe they built up an immunity to the toxin in avos.

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Amy   Clearwater, FL

10/2/2008 3:03:41 AM

We have an avocado tree & all three of our dogs love to "steal" the ones that fall on the ground & then go hide & eat them. We got all three dogs when they were 5 weeks old & they'll be 3 in Dec. & they've been eating avocados their whole life.

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Fred   Redlands, CA

9/16/2008 12:32:00 PM

I dispute this. I've given all my dogs avocado with no ill effects. A friend of mine had a large avocado tree and his very active dog regularly used to eat the ones that fell on the ground. If anything, one side-effect was that all these dogs had very shiny coats.

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kthest   irvine, CA

6/10/2008 5:15:09 AM

Quite ironic

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Stacey   Pensacola, FL

10/25/2007 5:37:09 PM

If avocados are toxic to dogs then why is Avoderm dog food made with them?

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shannon   Redding, CA

5/10/2007 11:22:12 PM

I find this very interesting info concidering that avoderm a very good popular dog food has avocodo in it.

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Jessica   Endicott, NY

4/8/2007 1:10:17 PM

Also a lot of people don't know that grapes are dangerous to dogs. A dog that was a reguler at a vet office that I woeked at recently died from grape poisoning.

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