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snopes 20 August 2014 05:42 PM

Avocados are poisonous to dogs
 
Comment: We have dogs and we have avocado trees. People used to warn us about how
poisonous avocados are to dogs. Didn't worry us because our big dog eats
them all the time.

But, I suspect the rumor is still out there...

Little Pink Pill 20 August 2014 05:59 PM

There is a similar rule about avocados and birds. Most websites and books will tell you they're toxic, but when I've tried to hunt down the source of that, I've never been able to verify it.

A Turtle Named Mack 20 August 2014 06:21 PM

I wonder if the rumor came about because a dog choked on the pit.

Or maybe someone just told his dog the avocados were poisonous, so the owner could have all the avocados! :eek:

Ryda Wong, EBfCo. 20 August 2014 06:23 PM

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal...plants/avocado

erwins 20 August 2014 06:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Little Pink Pill (Post 1838560)
There is a similar rule about avocados and birds. Most websites and books will tell you they're toxic, but when I've tried to hunt down the source of that, I've never been able to verify it.

Not really toxic to dogs and cats, but the pit poses an obstruction hazard. But definitely poisonous to birds. It contains a toxin called persin that birds are sensitive to. Cite: http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/avocado/

Ryda Wong, EBfCo. 20 August 2014 06:33 PM

Rats can't have the pits or skin either. They can eat the pulp, however.

Little Pink Pill 20 August 2014 06:33 PM

Well that didn't take long, Erwins, thank you! I've wondered if it was a UL.

Dasla 21 August 2014 07:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by A Turtle Named Mack (Post 1838564)
I wonder if the rumor came about because a dog choked on the pit.

Or maybe someone just told his dog the avocados were poisonous, so the owner could have all the avocados! :eek:

See now my dog would never fall for that. Much less gullible then many people on the net. :p

Crius of CoH 21 August 2014 11:05 AM

Augh - now what the bleep was I reading in the last 6 months that had something about an avocado-eating dog being newsworthy? Pretty sure it was a minor scene in a fiction book, but danged if I can be certain of that. :confused:

Aha! It was in a Cracked.com article, complete with a video of a reporter gleefully astounded with an avocado-eating dog. :lol:

sparrowgrass 22 August 2014 06:16 PM

Dogs are not supposed to eat cherries or apple cores/seeds. Someone forgot to tell my Stella.

boogers 22 August 2014 08:51 PM

Are they allowed to eat apricots? I knew someone whose dog did when her tree dumped a bunch of them in her yard. I believe apricots are in the prunus family along with cherries.

Lida 18 September 2014 07:11 AM

Most plants contain minute amount of some toxin. My dogs love avocados. I have only about year ago learned that they suppose to kill dogs.

I have a theory, all these lists of just about any food that apparently is deadly to dogs is a way pet food companies are making us buy more kibble and processed snacks.

Years back we all used raisins for reward when training our dogs, I also gave heaps of grapes to them. When we were told that 7 raisins can kill a dog, I stopped, but last year my dogs managed to steal whole 3 pound bag from my shopping on Saturday morning, and I did not realize until Sunday afternoon, when I found the empty bag in the back of the garden. That was 3 pounds of grapes for 2 Whippets = at least 1.5 pounds per dog, if they divided it fairly. There was absolutely no adverse reaction.

Some of the dangerous foods are sort of right; stone fruit pits contain cyanide, as do apple pips; but you would have to eat a lot to die. Potatoes when sprouting/green contain solanine, but you would have to eat quite lot of potatoes.

Theoretically you could overdose on vitamin A if you eat enough carrots ....

Lida 19 September 2014 07:54 AM

The pits in stone fruit & apple pips all contain some cyanide; some more than others and it also will vary from tree to tree, or even season to season. But the fruit itself is fine. In any case the dogs would have to eat awful lot of apricot kernels to die. And apple pips are not even worth mentioning, the amount of cyanide is so minute.

My dogs also eat avocados, when I give them piece of mine, and they pick what apricots they can reach. But I do confiscate the stones if I can.


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