Giving your dog the benefits of avocado fruit

Giving your dog the benefits of avocado fruit

Avocado fruit is high in crude fiber and a wealth of vitamins, including A, C, E and B6, plus folate, potassium, and niacin. In addition, it provides some of the other components that are part of your pooch's healthy diet.

Quality protein:

Protein in the avocado fruit is composed of 18 amino acids, including the eight amino acids that make a complete protein, so it's a great addition to the meat or fish that should be among the first ingredients in your dog's food. Amino acids provide energy and the essential building blocks for muscle development and organ function.

Healthy fats:

Fat gets a bad rap, but it's a necessary part of a balanced diet for dogs. Avocado fruit is a source of healthy fats plus omega fatty acids, known for their anti-inflammatory properties. Low fat levels may manifest in dry, itchy skin.

Antioxidants:

Avocado fruit is packed with antioxidants, which support a healthy immune system.

Avocado fruit is high in crude fiber and a wealth of vitamins.

Check your dog's skin and coat to assess nutritional balance and overall health.


Your dog's skin and coat are the most visible signs of his overall health. If his coat is shiny and his skin is in good condition, that's a very good indicator that he's healthy and getting the right nutrition. If you notice hair loss, a thinning coat, dullness, dry or thickened skin, matted hair, infections or odors, check with your vet — and rethink what your dog is eating.

Fresh avocado fruit and dogs — what to know:


There are two primary issues with fresh avocados and your dog. One is the choking hazard from the pit. If your dog is typical, he may be tempted to eat avocados right off the kitchen counter, so be sure to store them safely out of reach.

The second issue is getting the right nutrients in the right proportions. For instance, essential fatty acids, like those found in avocado fruit, should be carefully balanced in your dog's food to maximize their benefits and support optimum health.

Get the benefits of avocado as well as the balanced nutrition your dog needs.


Probably the easiest way to give your dog the goodness of avocados and the right proportion of nutrients (without any risk of choking) is to feed him a quality dog food like AvoDerm® dog food, which has been around for over 30 years and gets high marks from pet owners. AvoDerm® dog and cat food uses California avocados to provide the meal and oil for their dog (and cat) foods.

In addition to providing avocado and balanced nutrition, AvoDerm® food passes these quality tests (all good things to look for, no matter which dog food you choose):
Protein: Meat or fish is near the top of the list of ingredients.
No corn or wheat: Dogs may be allergic to these ingredients.
No artificial colors: Your dog doesn't care about the color of his food, and some dogs may be allergic or sensitive to these additives.
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