Why we put Avocado in our Kibble
Unlike many dog food brands, we feature avocado as a prominent ingredient in one of our kibble recipes. Avocado is nutrient-packed superfood for dogs and humans alike, but it has unfortunately gotten a bad rep in the dog food community. We’re here to set the record straight so that dogs can enjoy the health benefits that this green superfood has to offer.
It is commonly believed that avocado is bad for dogs, so we were surprised when we found out that this belief is actually a myth. Our initial curiosity led us to do a deep dive into avocado safety. Through extensive research in partnership with pet nutritionists, dog food formulators, veterinarians, regulation specialists, and academics, we learned that avocado flesh is completely safe for dogs.
Our trusted pet food experts, with decades of experience and thousands of pet diet formulations under their belts, assured us that avocado is not only safe but also packed with nutritional value. Dr. Melissa Brookshire, one of our vet partners, adds, "Avocados are nutritious fruits that provide healthy fats, as well as numerous phytonutrients. Foods that contain only the pulp of the avocado are safe for your pet to enjoy."
After our research, we put our findings into practice and tested our avocado recipe extensively. From there, we decided to lead the pack in bringing avocado into the lives of more dogs.
Benefits of Avocado
Avocado has gained popularity in our human diets because the tasty treat is loaded with nutritional benefits. The fruit or ‘flesh’ contains healthy fats and fatty acids, as well as a ton of vitamins and minerals to supercharge your dog’s diet. The fatty acids, niacin, potassium, and folate in avocado will help keep your dog’s coat healthy, shiny, and smooth. Vitamins A, B3, B6, C, and E are good for bone health, skin and coat health, eyesight, and more. Additionally, avocado is low-carb and free of cholesterol or sodium.
Curious about incorporating the many benefits of avocado into your pups diet? Try our Chicken, Brown Rice, & Avocado Recipe or simply toss a little fresh avocado flesh into their bowl. Just be sure to remove the skin and the pit completely before serving to your pup.
So why are some dog owners wary of avocado in the first place? Unfortunately, conflicting information about avocado safety has circulated on the internet, effectively creating the myth that avocado is bad for dogs. The truth is, there is not any published research from unbiased sources that support the claim that avocado flesh is unsafe for dogs. If you still need a little convincing, we’ve rounded up our favorite trusted sources for further reading.
- The FASEB Journal Abstract
- Smashing Myths with Dr. Karen Becker
- Are avocados poisonous to dogs? by Dr. Sandra Mitchell
- Can dogs eat avocados? by Avoderm Natural