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Q: Avocados for dogs?

November 8, 2008 | By Michele S. | 4 answers | Expired: 2075 days ago

Michele S.

I recently read an article that said that avocados were bad for dogs, but I also saw that there is a type of dog food called Avoderm that has avocados as an ingredient. Please someone clarify this for me...

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gailsplace@verizon.net G.
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Nov 11, 2008

I've tried it as a mix in with my girls food and 1/2 liked it and 1/2 didn't.They ate it because they are minpins but,I could see there was no great love affair going on with it.They much prefer any of the Merrick Foods.

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tania b.
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Nov 09, 2008

I wondered about this too, a friend gave me a few sample bags of it and i did give it to all 4 of my dogs and they all HATE the Avoderm!! I gave a bag to two of my friends and their dogs also hated it. I know that doesn't answer your question but i thought i'd throw in my 2 cents worth.

the explanation nitewisp gave does make sense and sounds reasonable. I know for example the dried (dead) leaves from a cherry tree are toxic to horses....

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Kelly
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Nov 08, 2008

The fruit also contains a toxin called "persin" that’s harmful to animals, especially in large quantities. Supposedly this comes from the pit & leaves of the avocado. Avoderm uses avocado meal & oil from the fruit. That may explain it. Also they don't uses large quanitites. Avocado is way down on the list of ingredients so its not the main ingredient. This is my best guess based on the info. Hope it helps.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Nov 08, 2008

I've been wondering about this too! Sorry, not much of an answer, but maybe because the avocado is so processed in the Avoderm perhaps the chemical that is bad for dogs has been removed or altered. Maybe contact Avoderm company and get their take on this. :)

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