We all know that avocados are healthy and delicious, but did you know that they’re also dangerous for dogs?
If you’re an avocado lover with pets, you may be surprised to learn that avocados can do some serious harm to your furry friends.
So, just how much avocado will kill a dog? In this article, we’ll talk more about avocado and how it can affect your dog.
Why do avocados harm dogs?
Avocado contains persin, which is a fungicidal toxin.
Fungicidal toxins are usually made from fatty acids or natural pesticides.
They are produced by plants as a defense mechanism against fungi and other pathogens that might harm them.
Persin is found inside the pit of avocados and only in trace amounts on their flesh.
The amount of persin in an unripe avocado can be extremely toxic to dogs, but once the fruit ripens it loses its toxicity while still retaining its nutrient value.
On average, more than half of your dog’s body weight will be necessary to trigger symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea after eating too much avocado pulp or skin especially if that food was not fully ripened when consumed!
What Happens to Dogs That Eat Avocado?
If your dog consumes avocado, it may experience vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy.
Avocado is coated with a substance called persin that can cause irritation to the gastrointestinal tract.
This irritation can lead to inflammation of the stomach lining or intestinal lining.
Depending on the amount of avocado consumed by your dog, symptoms may include a decrease in appetite and loss of appetite.
What to do if your dog has eaten avocado?
If your dog has eaten avocado, contact a vet immediately. The vet will assess the situation and determine whether or not he or she needs to induce vomiting.
Do not induce vomiting or give your dog any medication without first consulting a veterinarian.
Do not give activated charcoal, hydrogen peroxide, milk, or water since they can cause more problems if they are administered too late after eating an avocado.
Also, avoid giving any food or water during this time because it may upset his stomach even further.
How Much Avocado Does It Take to Kill a Dog?
The answer to this question depends on the size of your dog. The smaller the dog, the less avocado it takes to kill it.
The larger the dog, the more avocado it takes to kill it.
Avocado is poisonous to dogs when ingested in large amounts as humans can eat avocados without adverse effects.
But for every ten pounds of weight on a normal-sized adult human, that person would need nearly 300 grams of avocado flesh or one whole fruit.
For dogs of most sizes, avocado should be considered off-limits.
There are plenty of other foods, like bananas or peanut butter, that are safe to eat in moderation and can double as healthy treats for your pet.
You never want to risk poisoning them just because you want to give them something tasty.