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Can Dogs Eat Avocados?

Can Dogs Eat Avocados?

Who doesn't love avocados? Whether they're on toast or on top of a taco, they add a creamy, delicious flavor that's full of good fats. But after you're done Instagramming your avocado toast, you might be wondering whether you can share some with your pooch - can dogs eat avocados?

CAN DOGS EAT AVOCADOS?

This one's a little bit complicated, but in general we would recommend against feeding your dog avocados. They present a few risks, both in terms of being choking hazards and containing some things that can be poisonous to dogs.

ARE AVOCADOS GOOD FOR DOGS?

Avocados actually do have some health benefits for dogs. Those healthy fats that are so good for humans are good for our four-legged friends as well, and in fact they have some anti-inflammatory properties. They also contain a number of vitamins and nutrients that are good for dogs. For this reason some dog foods actually contain avocado or avocado oil (though even dog foods that contain them only have small amounts).

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RISKS OF GIVING AVOCADOS TO DOGS

First, it's important to remember that the pit of an avocado is just about the right size to get lodged in a dog's throat, so under no circumstances should dogs ever be allowed to handle the pits.

Second, while avocado does have good fats in it, overdoing them can lead to pancreatitis, which is a potentially painful and severe condition that can be life-threatening for dogs.

Lastly, avocados contain persin, which is a fungicidal toxin that can cause serious health issues and even death in large enough quantities. Persin is primarily located in the leaves, the skin and the pit of the fruit, so if you are going to give your dog avocado, make sure to remove everything except the actual flesh of the fruit. Even that, though, does contain minor amounts of persin, so it's critical that avocado consumption be kept to a minimum.

SO CAN DOGS EAT AVOCADOS?

Much like millennials' relationships, it's complicated. The reality is that avocado does have health benefits and can be safely fed to dogs. If you are set on giving avocados to your dog, though, make sure that you remove the pit as well as all of the skin and only provide small amounts of the fruit itself to your dog. The combination of fat and toxic persin mean that in any significant quantities, avocado can pose meaningful health risks to dogs.

So with that in mind, our recommendation is just to stay away from it entirely. There's nothing good in an avocado that you can't find in other foods that don't contain toxins. Keep the avocado for Instagram and let your pup snack on something more pup-appropriate, like blackberries or eggs.

Of course, if you're looking for something healthy and packed with nutrients to feed to your dog, the best place to start is clearly with our Pupsicle Starter Kit. Nothing dangerous in there - just high-quality ingredients that will make you and your pup happy!

Can Dogs Eat Blackberries?

Can Dogs Eat Blackberries?

Whether you happen to have some blackberry bushes on your property or you just picked up a basket of them at the grocery store, you may be wondering if it's okay to toss one to your pup. Good for you for double checking before giving in to those puppy eyes!

CAN DOGS EAT BLACKBERRIES?

They sure can (unless you're referring to your old cell phone from the early 2000s, in which case no, we recommend keeping those out of dogs' mouths)! Blackberries are healthy and full of nutritional benefits, so you can definitely hand a few over to pooch. Just be careful not to let him get his mouth near your white clothes, because the blackberry juice on his tongue will stain!

ARE BLACKBERRIES GOOD FOR DOGS?

Blackberries have a number of antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory effects and can also help reduce heart disease risk and increase cognitive function. They're packed with fiber, which is important for keeping your dog free of gastrointestinal issues. They have vitamins A, B, C, E and K, which are helpful with all kinds of things, from digestion to improving your dog's immune system to increasing energy levels and reducing inflammation. Last but not least, blackberries have omega-3 fatty acids, which will help your dog's coat, skin and teeth all look their absolute best.

Blackberries are very low in calories, so you don't need to worry about your pup packing on the pounds (though as with all treats, they should be given in moderation).

RISKS OF GIVING BLACKBERRIES TO DOGS

Blackberries don't come with a lot of risks for dogs, so you can feel good feeding them to your pup. The main thing to avoid is overindulgence - even though blackberries are good, too much of a good thing can cause stomach issues. 

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HOW TO PREPARE BLACKBERRIES FOR DOGS

The good news is that you really don't need to do much of anything to blackberries to prepare them for your dog. As with all fruits and veggies, it's best to wash the outside to ensure they're free of pesticides and other chemicals that may have been used while they were growing.

That said, blackberries are great and so we have a few recommendations on how to give them to your dog:

  • Raw - There's nothing wrong with just giving them a wash and tossing some to your dog. If you're going to go this route, we strongly recommend making a slo-mo recording of your dog trying to catch them, because if your dogs are as bad as ours at catching treats, you'll get some great laughs from your footage.
  • Frozen - Dogs love a little crunch to their treats, and if you freeze blackberries they're like delicious, nutritious ice cubes.
  • Pureed - Is your dog getting bored of regular kibble? Throw a handful of blackberries in a blender and pour the puree over their food - suddenly it's gone from bland to spectacular! (Though if you're looking for something to spice up your pup's kibble, we'd be remiss not to remind you that our Pupsicle mix makes excellent dog food seasoning!)

SO CAN DOGS EAT BLACKBERRIES?

Absolutely! Everything about blackberries makes them a fantastic snack that your pooch will enjoy and that you can feel good about. Just don't overdo it!

Can Dogs Eat Apples?

Can Dogs Eat Apples?

How you like dem apples? Or, perhaps more relevant, how does your dog like dem apples? If he loves them, that's great, because apples are a healthy food that make a great snack for dogs due to their numerous nutritional benefits. You should just be sure to follow a few common-sense rules when feeding them to your dog to make sure he enjoys them in a safe and healthy fashion.

CAN DOGS EAT APPLES?

Dogs sure can eat apples! They're a great snack, you just have to be sure to avoid giving your dog the seeds, core and stem, as those can all be problematic for different reasons. As with any treat, you should also be sure not to overdo it, because apples do contain a bit of sugar and can cause minor stomach irritation in large quantities.

ARE APPLES GOOD FOR DOGS?

Generally, yes - apples are very good for dogs. They're a fantastic source of vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, calcium, fiber and phosphorous. Apples also have a texture that many dogs love - there's nothing like a crunch when you bite down on your treats! Lastly, they are low in calories, so a few bites of apple here and there won't lead to a bulging waistline on your pup.

RISKS OF GIVING APPLES TO DOGS

The main thing to be aware of when it comes to giving apples to dogs is that their seeds can be very dangerous. This is because they contain cyanide, which you're probably familiar with as a very dangerous poison. While their size means they have a relatively small amount of cyanide, it's nonetheless best to just keep apple seeds away from your dog entirely.

The other risk posed by apples is that they can be a choking hazard. This is particularly true when it comes to the stem and the core of the apple, which are best kept away from dogs.

HOW TO GIVE APPLES TO DOGS

The most important way to prepare an apple for a dog is to make sure it has no seeds in it. We also highly recommend removing the core and stem because those pose choking hazards. In fact, it's generally best to cut your apple up into bite-sized chunks before handing any of it over, just to be on the safe side when it comes to choking risks.

Apples are also great cooked! You can bake them with a little sprinkle of cinnamon for a warm, sweet treat in the cold winter months, or you can add a little diced apple to most baked treat recipes to give them a little extra flavor.

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CAN DOGS EAT GREEN APPLES?

There is a somewhat common misconception that dogs shouldn't eat green apples, and we suspect it comes from the fact that tomatoes are okay to feed to your dog when they're red but are toxic when green. The same isn't true for apples, which are fine for dogs regardless of what color they are.

CAN DOGS EAT APPLE SKIN?

Again, a bit of a misconception here that is that apples need to be peeled. That's not the case at all, and it's fine to feed an apple to your dog with the skin still on the outside. Of course, you should always wash any fruits and vegetables before feeding them to your dog (or eating them yourself) just to make sure they are clean of any pesticides or other chemicals that may have been used while they were growing.

CAN DOGS EAT APPLESAUCE?

Applesauce is okay for your dog as long as it's all natural and has no additional sugar or other sweeteners. Make sure you check the label, as much of the applesauce that you'll find in grocery stores is packed with added sugar and should be avoided.

CAN DOGS EAT APPLE PIE?

Come on now, I think you and I both know the answer is no. Don't feed your dog pie. As delicious as it is, it's a mess of sugar and carbs and totally unsuitable for dogs.

SO CAN DOGS EAT APPLES?

They sure can! Apples are a great source of nutrients, they're low in calories, and they have a satisfying crunch that many dogs love. Just make sure to get rid of the seeds, stem and core, and you've got a great pup snack on your hands.