Maybe it was a team effort.
Anyway he/she/they channeled his/her/their inner monkey to polish off some guacamole that I thought was out of reach.
I remember reading on some list that the avocado was toxic to dogs. Before making a hysterical call to the vet I consulted Dr. Google with “dog” and “avocado.”
On the internet many sites will pick up the same information and post it without further research. That is what seems to have happened with dogs and avocados.
After checking sites that seemed to do their own research I found a general consensus that there have been no reported cases of avocado poisoning in dogs and cats. In fact avocado is an ingredient in some high priced dog food.
The confusion seems to be with something called Persin, a substance found in the avocado pit, skin, bark, leaves which is harmful to some animals — birds, rabbits, horses, and goats, to name a few, but not to dogs or cats. Avocados will not harm dogs.
I watched for any signs of distress, but all was well.
Does this mean you should feed your dogs avocados?
As much as we love our dogs, there is no way a dog can appreciate the avocado.
Avocados are relatively expensive even in California where many are grown. It takes time to pick just the right one, to bring it home, to peel, pit, slice or mash before you can eat it. Dogs who wolf down food can’t appreciate the cost, the preparation, the great flavor, and the nutritional value of an avocado.
Besides, avocados have a high fat content. Dogs shouldn’t eat high fat content.
For humans they are a delicious super food. They are high in the “good fat” that might help lower cholesterol. They are also high in anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, antioxidants, and fiber. They contain vitamins A, B, C, and E, lutein, folate and they have much more potassium than bananas.
An avocado is one of the world’s most delicious and healthy foods for humans.
For dogs it’s just another form of garbage to scavenge.