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Lesliewilder   , 30

from Springfield State Rev 3667


Is avocado bad or good for your dogs?

One of the great mysteries surrounding the natural feeding of dogs. Can dogs eat avocado? Is it true that it is harmful to your health?

The avocado is a fruit that, until recently, has been believed to fatten in an excessive way and, therefore, was trying to control their consumption. However, it has been shown that the fats that compose it are those cataloged as 'good', so that its popularity has not stopped growing due to the multiple benefits it provides. However, are these benefits also transferred to our furry companions? Next we expose if the avocado is bad for the dogs or not.

Forbidden food for dogs, myth or reality?

How many times have you read or heard that avocado is one of the most toxic foods for dogs? There are even some who claim that it is a product that could kill them. However, what is true about this?

This is so due to a toxin called persina found in both the avocado bone and the shell. In this way, if our dog eats one of these two parts of the food, it can develop the following symptoms:

• Diarrhea

• Nausea and vomiting

• Loss of appetite

• Decay

However, they claim that it is not a poisonous toxin for dogs and, therefore, the symptoms may or may not appear. Also, being a mild poisoning, the veterinarian will prescribe the best treatment to control and eliminate the toxin from the body. In case of ingesting the bone, it could get stuck in the throat of the animal, produce an obstruction and cause suffocation, this being the real problem. On the other hand, if the dog eats the pulp of the avocado, absolutely nothing will happen to it.

So, we can say that the bone and the shell are forbidden, while the pulp of the avocado is good for dogs and cats.

Benefits of avocado for dogs

Now that you know that avocado is not bad for dogs, let's review all the benefits that can contribute to your furry companion consume the pulp of this fruit. To do this, we will start by detailing the nutritional composition per 100 grams of avocado:

•160 calories

• 2% protein

• 7% fiber

• 10% vitamin E

• 13% vitamin B6

• 14% of vitamin B5

• 14% potassium

• 15% healthy fats

• 17% vitamin C

• 20% folic acid

• 25% vitamin K

The nutritional value mentioned above translates into a host of highly beneficial properties for our furry companions.

High in fat, but healthy

As we have seen, avocados have a high percentage of calories, of which most are made up of healthy fats.

In short, there are two major types of fats: bad fats and good fats. The first ones refer to the so-called 'saturated fats' or 'trans fats', and increase the percentage of bad cholesterol in the blood, increasing the chances of suffering from cardiovascular diseases and suffering from obesity or diabetes, among other consequences. The second, meanwhile, are known as ' unsaturated fats ', free of cholesterol and essential to properly absorb vitamins. Likewise, good or healthy fats contribute a large amount of energy, are a fundamental part of the nervous tissues and help balance cholesterol levels, so that they also benefit cardiovascular health.