Getting Smart With Feeding Avocados To Your Dogs
Everybody loves avocados, including the mega sloths from the Cenozoic Era that weigh more than UPS trucks. You heard that right. Millions of years ago, avocados existed and at one point were bound for extinction. Luckily, ancient humans loved them enough to save them. To this day, we’re still enjoying the fruits of their heroism. We’re so in love with these ambrosial fruits that in California alone, there are nearly 4,000 avocado growers!
It’s no surprise to see a dog gnawing on the tough skin of an avocado, especially if you live in a neighborhood where this tasty produce simply drops from a tree. You’ve heard the rumors about the toxicity of avocados, haven’t you? Let’s take a look and see if your furkid is in danger.
The Anatomy of the Avocado
To humans, avocado is a superfood because of its benefits. You’ve seen this fruit being used in different products — from facial mud packs to food supplements. Even Jason Mraz found a use for the avocado trees growing on his farm. He’s now supplying a popular restaurant with these nutritious fruits! But what’s in an avocado that makes people go nuts for them?
Rich in Fiber
Technically, fiber offers no nutritional value but it plays a big role in your dog’s health. Fiber regulates the digestive system. It’s responsible for slowing down the digestive process in order for your dog’s body to absorb more nutrients. The only way your pooch can get fiber is from plant-based food like avocados, pineapples, pears and other fruits and vegetables.
Keeps The Heart Healthy
Heart diseases occur more frequently in some dog breeds such as boxers, miniature schnauzers, dachshunds and golden retrievers. If you have any of the following breeds, it’s crucial to put preventive measures in place. Prevention, after all, is better than cure. Incorporate foods like avocados that are rich in vitamin B3, a nutrient that aids in the prevention of heart diseases.
Has Powerful Antioxidants
Free radicals sound like the name of a cool rock band, but they’re far from being edgy. You don’t ever want them in your dogs’ or your bodies. Without antioxidants, they can damage the body and these damages can have lasting effects on your pets’ bodies. These include cancer and heart diseases. Vitamins C and E that are present in avocados are powerful antioxidants that can combat the destructive effects of free radicals. Food that’s bursting with Vitamin E can help in keeping your dog’s skin healthy. This also means a shinier coat and healthy skin that’s worthy of praise.
Helps in Weight Loss
Have you been feeding Rover a bit too much lately? We always love to spoil our pets but oftentimes we give them high-calorie treats that leave a little paunch in our pooch. Excess weight is never fun, especially for dogs. They would have a hard time running around, jumping and keeping up with other pets. An avocado is low in carbs and high in fiber which are both essential in weight loss.
How To Prepare Avocados For Your Dogs
We’ve heard that avocados are not good for dogs. In fact, it’s included in the list of toxic food for dogs. That’s because the seeds, barks, and leaves contain a fungicidal toxin called persin. According to Pet Poison Helpline, the level of toxicity of avocados to dogs and cats is mild as compared to the ruminants (cattle, sheep, and their relatives) and birds’ level of toxicity. To the latter, avocados have proven to be deadly.
Words of Caution
Now that we know that avocados are not as toxic as we thought it would be, it’s okay to give some to your dogs and cats. But before feeding avocados to them, please take note of the following:
- Don’t leave avocados where your pets have easy access to them. This is just to prevent them from eating the seed which can pose as a choking hazard or cause stomach blockage.
- Feed them in moderation. Avocados may not be toxic, but giving them too much may cause stomach upset.
- Like with any treats or food, supervision is a must!
- Feeding your pets for the first time? Consult with your veterinarian. First, it’s important to know the recommended portions. Second, there may be food that your dog needs to avoid especially if they have dietary restrictions. From there, your vet can give you the go-ahead to add avocados to your furkid’s diet.
Delicious Avocado Dog Treat Recipes
It’s not unusual to worry about our pets’ health and want to feed them healthy items. But sometimes, feeding nutritious food to our picky eaters can be a bit tricky. Here are some sneaky but totally-worth-it ways to incorporate avocados into your dogs’ diet:
Most picky eaters have an aversion towards pumpkins as well. Who could blame them? Some humans are not exactly fond of these nourishing veggies. But with honey and some gluten-free flour to mask the icky taste, this dog biscuit can become your pet’s next favorite treat!
Summer is a good time to make refreshing treats for your pets. With avocados and bananas incorporated into this tasty frozen treat, you’ll surely have your furkids begging for more!
Here’s a bunch of recipes that require five ingredients or less. Can’t find any recipe that calls for avocados? That’s because you can substitute avocados for some of the ingredients found here. For one egg, you can use 2 tablespoons to ¼ cup mashed avocado as a substitute. You can also use avocado as a substitute for ingredients such as butter or mayonnaise.
As long as avocados are peeled and pitted, you don’t have to worry about feeding avocados to your dogs. Avocados are usually listed on food that should not be fed to dogs because of the dangers of swallowing the large seeds. Don’t forget to dispose of the peels and pits properly. You know how curious our furkids can be, especially when it comes to sniffing around trash bins.
Lastly, we recommend feeding in moderation to avoid tummy troubles. That said, enjoy this nutritious and delicious fruit treat with your dogs!