Today is National Guacamole Day and I’m totally excited about that. I never ate avocados, in fact, I would throw a teeny little fit if the server forgot my request for no avocados and I had to move them to the side of the plate. After my car wreck, I could not get enough of them. I asked my doctor if brain damage could change food likes and dislikes and the answer was a resounding yes. He said that avocados are considered to be brain food and that my injured brain was craving it so I should eat it. Over four years later I still eat it in every form.

I knew enough about dogs, and I knew very little, to know that spices and jalapenos aren’t good for dogs so I never tried to feed my dog guacamole. But I did think maybe he could eat avocados and I was 100% wrong.

According to the American Kennel Club, “Avocados contain persin, a fungicidal toxin, which can cause serious health problems — even death — in many animals. According to veterinarians, dogs are more resistant to persin than other animals, but that doesn’t mean avocados are safe for your pup to consume.

Exactly what amount of persin is lethal isn’t known, but in large amounts, it can cause vomiting and diarrhea, myocardial damage, and its high-fat content can lead to pancreatitis.

Persin is present in the avocado fruit, pits, leaves, and the actual plant, so all of these parts are potentially poisonous to your dog. Another big concern is the stone at the center of the fruit, which may cause choking.”
So as you’re sipping on your margarita while scooping up that guacamole please remember that while there are many people foods dogs can eat this is not one of them.

To learn more about this doggy-dangerous fruit here’s a very informative site.