Avocados are generally safe for dogs and cats as long as you don’t feed them the pit which can be a choking hazard.
The confusion arises from the fact that avocados contain a substance called persin.
Persin is harmful to some animals — birds, rabbits, horses, and goats, just to name a few.
Is it OK for my cat to eat avocado?
While dogs and cats are rarely affected by persin, avocado poisoning can be deadly to birds and large animals (such as cows, goats, sheep). The bigger risk to dogs and cats is a foreign body obstruction in the esophagus, stomach, or intestinal tract if part or all of a large avocado seed is swallowed.
Why can’t cats eat avocado?
The problem with feeding avocados to cats, or letting them eat parts of an avocado tree, is that the plant and fruit contain a toxin called persin. The Guatemalan avocado variety contains high levels of persin and is known to cause problems for cats as well as other domestic animals such as dogs, horses and birds.
Why are avocados bad for dogs?
Can dogs eat avocado? The answer is no. Avocados contain persin, a fungicidal toxin, which can cause serious health problems — even death — in many animals. Persin is present in the avocado fruit, pits, leaves, and the actual plant, so all of these parts are potentially poisonous to your dog.
Do animals eat avocados?
Avocados are toxic to almost all animals (including cats and dogs). Humans are a rare exception. It is the only fruit to contain persin, a fatty acid, which, when eaten by animals causes vomiting, diarrhea, and other nasty symptoms.
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