Yes, dogs can eat avocado, but with caution. While avocados are rich in nutrients, certain components can pose risks to dogs if consumed improperly. Here’s a detailed look into the nutritional benefits, potential risks, and proper ways to include avocado in your dog’s diet.

There was a study funded by Procter & Gamble conducted in 2012 to determine if avocados pose any toxicity risks to dogs. Over a span of six months, researchers fed a group of Beagles an extract derived from avocado pits, skin, and flesh. The results of the study concluded that the avocado-based extract posed no harm to the dogs involved.

Avocados are high in healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. They are particularly rich in oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid (MUFA) also found in olive oil, which supports brain function and overall health. Additionally, avocados are loaded with folate, vitamin B6, vitamin E, and vitamin C, all of which contribute to a healthy skin and coat, as well as potassium which aids in muscle function. The high fiber content in avocados also supports a healthy gut.

Nutritional Value of 1 Medium-Sized Avocado (about 150 grams)

Nutrient Amount
Calories Approximately 240 kcal
Protein About 3 grams
Fat Around 22 grams
Carbohydrates Roughly 12 grams
Fiber Around 10 grams
Vitamin A Provides about 150 IU
Vitamin C Contains approximately 10 mg
Vitamin E Contains around 2.7 mg
Folate Provides about 120 mcg
Potassium Provides about 727 mg

How much portion of avocado can dogs eat in a day?

The portion of avocado that a dog can safely eat in a day depends on various factors, including the dog’s size, age, and overall health. As a general guideline, it’s recommended to limit the amount of avocado to no more than 10% of a dog’s daily caloric intake.

For example, if a dog consumes around 500 calories per day, then the maximum amount of avocado they should eat would be approximately 50 calories’ worth, which is roughly equivalent to one-sixth of a medium-sized avocado.

Dr. Karen Becker suggests mixing a small amount of avocado flesh with your dog’s food, using cubed avocado as training treats, or smearing a wedge the size of an orange slice (approximately 1 ounce or 40 calories) onto a lick mat daily for a 40-pound dog.

Warnings and Precautions

  • Remove the Pit and Skin: The pit and skin of avocados contain persin, a fungicidal toxin that can cause gastrointestinal upset in dogs and is a choking hazard. Only the flesh of the avocado should be given to dogs.
  • Monitor for Digestive Issues: Introduce avocado gradually into your dog’s diet and watch for any signs of digestive upset or allergic reactions. Some dogs may be sensitive to avocados.
  • High Fat Content: Due to the high fat content of avocados, overconsumption can lead to pancreatitis in dogs. Moderation is key to safely including avocado in your dog’s diet.

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