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Is Avocado Good for Your Pets? Is Avoderm safe?

Updated on August 20, 2012
- Is Avocado good for your pets?, by Rosie2010 -
- Is Avocado good for your pets?, by Rosie2010 -

Avocado is said to be one of nature's perfect foods. Avocado is a good source of antioxidants which can reduce and, in some cases. prevent heart disease and cancer in humans, boost human immune system, lower cholesterol level, and have anti-aging effects associated with Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

It is true that avocados, compare to most fruits, have high calorie content. However, most of the calories are concentrated in the fat content of avocado, which is mostly "good" fats. These healthy fats contain an essential hormone known as adiponectin, which helps to speed up the absorption of glucose and helps regulate the blood sugar levels. Avocado is good for people with diabetes because of this.

In addition, avocados contain nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid.

An avocado is indeed one super food. Avocado is good for humans.

But, is avocado good for your pets?

Is avocado good for your pets? by Rosie2010
Is avocado good for your pets? by Rosie2010

In the past, veterinarians had considered that the toxic chemical, named persin, is only found in leaves, bark, skin and pit of the avocados. A more recent report, however, shows that the avocado fruit is also harmful to animals such as cats, dogs, cattle, goats, rabbits, rats, birds, fish, and horses.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), avocados are toxic to the following animals:

  • Horses - Poisonings can occur when avocado groves are used as pastures, or pruned branches become accessible. The leaves, seeds fruit and bark are likely all toxic. Clinical effects occur mainly in mares, and includes noninfectious mastitis, as well as occasional gastritis and colic.
  • Cattle - inflammation of the mammary glands, decreased milk production.
  • Rabbits - inflammation of the mammary glands, decreased milk production, difficulty breathing, fluid around heart, heart rhythm problems, death.
  • Goats - inflammation of the mammary glands, decreased milk production, difficulty breathing, fluid around heart, heart rhythm problems, death.
  • Birds - difficulty breathing, fluid around heart, heart rhythm problems, death.
  • Dogs - vomiting, diarrhea.
  • Cats - vomiting, diarrhea.

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Is AvoDerm safe for your dogs?
Is AvoDerm safe for your dogs?
Is AvoDerm safe for your cats?
Is AvoDerm safe for your cats?

Is AvoDerm safe for your pets?

Avocado is an ingredient in AvoDerm dog food and cat food. AvoDerm claims that avocados provide your dogs' skin and coat with quality nutrients.

Breeder's Choice, the company that produces AvoDerm, claims that in the over 30 years since AvoDerm dog food and cat food have been introduced, millions of dogs and cats worldwide have consumed AvoDerm with no negative reactions from avocado oil or meal.

The company's claim is backed by Dr. Art Craigmill, UC Davis, Professor and Extension Specialist in Environmental Toxicology, saying that his studies and other research in the United States and Australia have shown that the problem of toxicity is in the leaves and the pit of the Guatemalan variety only, and that the avocado fruit and oils have not been shown to be toxic.

The company further claims that AvoDerm pet products do not utilize any Guatemalan variety avocados, and they do not use any leaves or pits of any variety of avocados for AvoDerm avocado meal and oil.

However, the ASPCA has declined to say whether AvoDerm dog food and cat food are safe or not.

So, it's up to dogs and cats owners. Do you really want to experiment on your beloved pets? It's your call.



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People food that are harmful to your pets

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has recently published a list of people food to avoid feeding your pets. The list includes:

  • Chocolates
  • Coffee
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Avocado
  • Macademia nuts
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Yeast dough
  • Raw meat
  • Raw eggs
  • Raw bones
  • Xylitol
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Chives
  • Milk
  • Salt


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  • Sally's Trove profile image

    Sherri 

    5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

    I addressed a similar question in my hub, Should You Eat Your Daylilies?, about whether daylilies are harmful to cats. Anecdotal evidence says no, but the ASPCA says yes. Part of the difference in opinion is because lilies and daylilies are completely different plants, although non-floraculturists often use the two names interchangeably. In other words, lilies are poisonous while daylilies probably are not. This is similar to the avocado dilemma: it looks like the Guatemalan variety may cause a problem while other varieties don't. Like you, I present the information and let the reader decide.

    This is an excellent hub that not only educates about the avocado but encourages readers to exercise critical thinking. Up and all that jazz!

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    Jill 

    6 years ago

    I spent 5 years living on a california Avocado ranch in Bonsal CA. The dogs we had and our neighbors too would often enjoy eating an avocado that had fallen to the ground. The only thing I noticed was that their coat was shinier. Most avocado farmers know that avocados are not a problem for dogs unless they eat too many... My friend had a dog that could not get enough of avocados and they had to restrict her from the groves as she got a bit chubby. She was eating an excessive amount of them.

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    Rosie Rose 

    7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya manjubose, thanks for dropping by and sharing my research with your daughter. I hope it helps. Cheers!

    Have a nice day,

    Rosie

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    manjubose5 

    7 years ago

    Hi, just few days back, my daughter was asking whether avocados are good for her pet dog or not. I'll share your research with her. Thanks Rosie.

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    Rosie Rose 

    7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya ChilliWilly, thanks for dropping by. I'm glad you enjoyed reading about avocados and pets. Cheers!

    Have a nice day,

    Rosie

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    ChilliWilly 

    7 years ago from Kaunas, Lithuania

    Great hub. Thanks for sharing!

  • Rosie2010 profile imageAUTHOR

    Rosie Rose 

    7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya quildon, thanks for dropping by. Definitely, avocados are good for us, and like you, I'm also not sure if avocados are good for our pets. But ASPCA wants to be sure that people are notified accordingly as some pets had been reported to have been sick. I'm glad you enjoyed reading one of my avocado hubs. Cheers!

    Have a nice day,

    Rosie

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    Angela Joseph 

    7 years ago from Florida

    I don't know if avocado is good for my pet but I know it's good for me and I love it. Nice hub, Rosie.

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