Avocado: Toxic or not?

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I can’t remember who I spoke to but someone once told me that avocados were toxic to pets and I never thought to double check the information so whenever I came across someone who asked me about it or when I saw someone trying to feed their pets avocados I’d always tell them they were toxic! But lo and behold that isn’t necessarily the case… sort of!

Persin a natural, oil-soluble fungicide and also the toxic component of avocados is contained within the  leaves, bark, seeds, skin and pits of avocados. It’s virtually harmless to humans unless they suffer from some sort of allergy but can be deadly in certain species of animals. For the record, it is not toxic to both dogs or cats, the only thing pet parents should be concerned about is the rather large pit of the avocado which if swallowed can cause a blockage or obstruction in the pet’s esophagus, stomach or intestinal tract. Other than that if your pet is a fan of avocados they can definitely eat it so long as it is in moderation as it can cause vomiting and diarrhea if given in excess.

As for our other furry friends and large animals caution is to be exercised.

 

For our birds, signs to look for for persin toxicity include:

– Difficulty breathing

– Weakness

– Unable to perch

– Liver/kidney failure

– Death

 

For rabbits (and mice) look for signs of:

– Difficulty breathing

– Inflammation of the mammary glands

– Decreased milk production (if your pet is lactating)

– Cardial arrhythmia

 

For large animals (cows/horses):

– Mastitis

– Decreased milk production (if lactating)

– Gastritis

– Colic

– Sudden death

 

Now that we’re all in the know let’s spread the good news about avocados!

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Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
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