Avocado and Your Pet

can dogs eat avocado

Avocado and Your Pet

can dogs eat avocadoIf your pet has ingested avocado, or any other human food, please call us to discuss on 1300 869 738 (from Australia) or 0800 869 738 (from New Zealand). Our service is free to all pet owners

As you wait for your favourite local café to reopen on the other side of the COVID-19 shut down, what if you still crave smashed avocado on toast? As you race to the hot new alternative “The Kitchen” be careful not to share any with your feathered or furry friend.

Avocados contain a chemical called persin that can cause damage to the heart (myocardial necrosis) leading to fluid build-up in the lungs (oedema) and death. Vomiting and diarrhoea may also occur. Birds are particularly sensitive to this chemical and death may occur within 1 to 3 days after ingestion. Birds should never be fed any part of an avocado plant or fruit.

Can Dogs Eat Avocado?

All parts of the avocado contain persin, but smaller amounts are in the edible flesh. This means that a dog or cat may ingest a small amount of avocado flesh with limited cause for concern, but ingestion of the skin, pit or any part of the plant (especially the leaves) has the potential to cause a problem. In addition, the pit is a choking and bowel blockage risk.

If your pet has ingested avocado, or any other human food, please call us to discuss on 1300 869 738 (from Australia) or 0800 869 738 (from New Zealand). Our service is free to all pet owners