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Are avocados for dogs

Updated on March 11, 2012

Avocadoes known as alligator pear was once reserved for the dining table of royalty as this green pear shaped fruits are considered luxury foods. Now, almost half of US households have this fruit in their grocery list.

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Health benefits of Avocados

Avocado is believed to be the most nutritious fruit. Humans eating this green pear shaped fruit will get protein that can be obtained from meat, a more healthy fat than the kind of fat obtained from butter and at least 20 kinds of vitamins and minerals that can be gained by eating vegetables. Avocado is a good source of antioxidants and a good choice for breakfast or snack of people battling the bulge. Avocado is high in monosaturated fat, the kind of fat that is kind to the heart.

Avocados and dogs

Humans have a close genetic relationship with dogs. This is perhaps the reason why among all the animals, dog has become man’s best friend. Dogs are pampered pets often sharing not only the bed of the master but also the food. Unfortunately, some human foods are considered toxic to dogs. Avocados are one of the foods believed to be poisonous to dogs. But are these nutritious fruits really toxic to dogs?

Dangerous effects of avocados to dogs

The avocado fruit, the leaves and the bark of the avocado tree was proven to contain Persin, a toxic substance that cause fluid to buildup in the dog’s abdomen and chest thereby preventing the heart from functioning normally. Dogs have suffered life-threatening allergic reactions from eating avocados. Although dogs are not really into eating fruits, avocado is an exception as most dogs love to eat this pear shaped fruit. Dogs have the habit of gulping down food they especially like. The rather large seed can cause a blockage when swallowed whole by the dog.

Healthful benefits of avocados to dogs

The healthful benefits of avocados in dogs have always been a bone of contention between dog experts given that some people believe that this fruit should not be given to dogs because of its toxic effect. Avocado was even listed by ASPCA as one of the people foods dangerous to dogs. However, some dog owners have proven the healthful effects of this fruit to the dog. It was argued that if avocado is indeed toxic, the fruit should have not been made an ingredient in pet foods. If avocados are the most nutritious for humans, avocado is a wonder fruit for dogs. Dogs need to have vitamins, minerals, proteins and carbohydrates in their diets and all these can be found in avocados. The monosaturated fat in avocados will provide the dog with energy and heat and also promote the skin tone and good coat condition. Avocados are added to the dog’s diet to make the dry food more palatable.

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      RandomLife 5 years ago from Nashville TN

      Thank you for this informative hub! I'm interested in dog health, as I have a 4lb min pin/chihuahua mix and I try to feed her the most nutritious foods possible.