As the weather turns warmer our diets begin to change adapting to the sunnier days and often our meals will include more of the season's fresh fruit and vegetables.
With more seasonal foods at home, you might find yourself tempted to share with your dog, but what's safe? There is one fruit that has lots of dog owners puzzled: the avocado.
So, can dogs eat avocado? Here's what you need to know.
Can dogs eat avocado?
In short, yes they can - and some dogs LOVE it! Others may need a bit of convincing.
The avocado, also known as the 'Alligator Pear' does, however, contain a toxin called persin, but despite rumours, cats and dogs can safely eat it. Larger animals, such as cattle or horses, or birds should avoid.
The biggest concern for dog or cat owners should be the large stone inside the fruit because it can easily be choked on. It also contains a higher level of persin than the skin, for example, so should be avoided.
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How often should I give my dog avocado?
It should be considered a treat and not given in huge quantities because some dog owners have reported their dogs having upset stomachs after eating large amounts of avocado flesh.
Just remember to make sure you take out the stone before you share!
Is avocado good for dogs?
It is, in the right quantities. Avocado contains lots of good vitamins, such as A, C and E.
It is full of protein and high in potassium. It's also packed full of essential omega fatty acids, is rich in antioxidants and can be great for healthy skin and a shiny coat.
So to answer the question 'can dogs eat avocado' simply, yes they can. There are lots of health benefits, but avoid the stone and consider it a treat.
Remember, not every food type will sit well with every dog's digestive system so start gently if your dog has a sensitive stomach. If you have any concerns at all and your dog begins to be sick or has an upset stomach after eating avocado, speak with your veterinarian.