can pugs eat avocado

Can Pugs Eat Avocado? What You Need to Know About Avacados

If you’ve been wondering “can Pugs eat avocado, you’re not alone. I was always hesitant to give Mindy human food because I wasn’t sure if it was safe. After wondering this for so long, I finally did some research and found out everything you need to know about feeding your dog avocados.

Can Pugs Eat Avocado Yes Or No?

The short answer is both “yes and no” dogs can eat avocado in the freshest form. However, you need to avoid feeding them too much because of the toxin known as persin.

Related: Fresh Cooked Dog Food For Pugs!

What Is Persin?

Persin is a fungicidal oil-soluble (toxin) that is found in the body, seed, and even the “bark” or skin of the fruit. This toxin poses a very significant risk to guinea pigs, rabbits and birds and even some large animals such as goats and horses.

However, it only poses a small risk of gastrointestinal upset in both cats and dogs. As long as you don’t overfeed them. I’ll be sharing some avocado recipes below that you can try out for your pooch below.

Can Dogs Dogs Avocados?

There are tons of rumors and infographics floating around o the Internet saying that avocado is poisonous to dogs. However, according to Dr. Ahna Brulag, a board-certified veterinary toxicologist at the Pet Poison Helpline states that it is fairly safe for cats and dogs to eat.

As long as the avocado is prepared properly, it should be safe for your Pug.

Feeding them small amounts of the fruit the right way can help limit any choking accidents or making your Pug’s stomach upset.

How Are Avocados Good for Dogs?

The ripe green fruit contains many beneficial nutrients for both humans and dogs. Some dog food brands have even started using this fruit.

Avocados are a great source of Vitamins C, A, B6 and E as well as fiber, which can aid in your pooch’s digestive health. The fatty acids can help make their coat healthier, as well as other nutrients such as potassium, antioxidants, folate, and niacin that may help fight cancer and disease.

This fruit is known as the “good fat” which may help lower cholesterol levels. However, just like you and I don’t want to overeat on this fruit, the high fat in avocado can cause pancreatitis in dogs if they eat a large amount.

If your Pug is known to have food allergies, you want to pay attention to other signs that they’ve eaten too much avocado.

Side Effects of Serving Pugs Avocados

The main reason thing that can lead to gastric and intestinal issues is the avocado pit. If your dog ingests the pit, it can lead to GI obstruction.

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Pancreatitis
  • Obstruction of Stool

If your pug takes a small piece from your plate, there’s no need to worry, they should be fine. Before adding it to their diet or trying any of the recipes below, you may want to consult with your veterinarian before feeding something new to your pooch.

What About The Pits or Seeds?

Dogs love chewing on bones, Greenies, and other things that give their teeth a workout. You NEVER want to give your Pug the avocado’s pits or seeds.

Your pooch will be fine eating small amounts of this fruit. The pit or seed is a choking hazard for your pup. It can cause an obstruction in their throat, intestines, or stomach.

Dogs should never eat the seeds from any type of fruit you give them. In fact, some seeds and pits in some fruits such as apples and apricots contain cyanide. (source)

What Vegetables/Fruits Can Dogs Eat?

I’ve put together some more helpful articles to help you find out which fruits and vegetables your pooch can eat besides avocado.

3 Avocado Dog Recipes

Now let’s talk about some fun ways to add avocado to your dog’s diet. After all, you don’t want to just give your Pug an avocado and let them eat it.

They’ll be more likely to eat it if you cook some yummy recipes they’ll love. I’ve rounded up some good avocado recipes for your pooch.

#1 Pumpkin Avacado Dog Treats

If your pooch enjoys eating small pieces of fresh avocado, then they’ll love this treat. The best part is that it doesn’t take very long and you will have some great homemade treats your pooch will love.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • 1 tablespoon honey (read this to see the benefits of honey for dogs)
  • 1/2 ripe avocado that is peeled and mashed
  • 1 1/2 cups of gluten free all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

You’ll want to preheat your oven to 350℉ and mix all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Grab a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper. Use a cookie cutter to create small bite-size treats for your Pug.

Back the treats for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges are brown. All them to cool before giving them to your four-legged friend and store them in an airtight container. Visit the Dog Food Guide Website to see the entire recipe and baking instructions.

#2 3-Ingredient Avacado Dog Treats

This recipe is created my Kiki Kane and I found the recipe on Rover.com. The preparation time is about 10 minutes and takes about 20-25 minutes to bake.

Ingredients You’ll Need

You only need 3 ingredients and you may already have most of them in your kitchen.

  • 2 Eggs (yes, Pugs can eat eggs)
  • 2 Cups oat flour (you’ll need a food processor to pulverize the rolled oats)
  • 1 peeled and pit free avocado

Use the food processor to pulse and combine the ingredients. Add the eggs and make sure that the dough is thick enough to work with. Once the dough has the right consistency, use a cookie cutter to create small bite size treats.

Stick the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove the doggie treats from the oven and allow to cool before giving them to your pooch.

#3 Peanut Butter Avacado Biscuits

Your pooch will love these avocado biscuits and the best part is you know what’s inside their treats.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • 2/3 cup peanut butter (read this before feeding your Pug peanut butter)
  • 3/4 cups oats
  • 1/3 cup mashed avocado (remove the skin and pit)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Heat your oven to 350℉ and grease your baking pan or line with parchment paper. Mix all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Roll small pieces of the dough into small balls. Place each ball directly onto the baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes and then allow them to cool before giving them to your four-legged friend. Visit this website to see the entire recipe and baking instructions.

Watch Out For The Pits!

Feeding your dog small amounts of the right human foods can be beneficial and can make a great treat. Just make sure that you’re watching out for the deadliest part of the avocado fruit, the pit!

We never really gave Mindy a lot of avocados, however, she loved eating guacamole whenever we would let her.

References and Further Reading

Medical News Today – 12 Health Benefits of Avacado

 

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