We realize that there’s conflicting information about avocado safety on the internet - surprise! The truth is, there is not any published research from unbiased sources that support the claim that avocado flesh (the creamy inside of the fruit) is lethal or toxic for dogs.
We have conducted extensive research on the plant, and worked with a range of pet nutritionists, dog food formulators, veterinarians, regulation specialists, and academics to understand the fruit in its entirety. This group of pet food experts have decades of collective experience and have formulated thousands of pet diets. In partnership with this team, we have concluded that avocado flesh is completely safe to feed dogs and we have designed a diet that is as tasty as it is nutritionally beneficial. Dr. Melissa Brookshire, a practicing veterinarian, 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." Our research paired with acceptability, preference, stool and digestibility testing has made us confident that our diet is a perfectly safe option for dogs.
Our recipe only includes the pulp of the fruit, which provides a host of functional benefits: avocados are loaded with over 20 vitamins and minerals making it an over-qualified superfood; pound for pound, avocados have more potassium than bananas; avocados are packed with heart-healthy fats that increase nutrient absorption and assist with a dog’s skin and coat health. Most importantly, our source of avocado is a human-grade ingredient provider that ensures the removal of leaves, stems, pits and skin.
The information on the internet is based on a single report made in 1994 resulting from 2 acute canine deaths that mimicked symptoms of an avocado-related study done on goats. That research proved that avocado leaves and stems do contain large amounts of persin. Persin is an oil-soluble compound that can be toxic in large quantities to certain animals. Persin is found in avocado plants, primarily in the leaves, stem, skin and pit.