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Is avocado safe for cats and dogs?
Is avocado safe for cats and dogs?
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Are avocados a safe ingredient in pet food?

Avocados often provoke discussions because they contain a fungicide called persin. The amount of persin varies among different types of avocados and other external factors. Persin is highest in the pit and skin of the avocado and is present in very small amounts in the fruit itself.

Rest assured, the amount of avocado that we add in our recipe is not at all harmful to your furry friend. On the contrary, avocados offer a wealth of nutrients that have numerous health benefits for your dog or cat.

Nutritional benefits of avocados for pets

  • Rich in vitamin B3: a major energy provider, which is good for the heart and blood circulation.

  • Contain 18 amino acids: half of these are essential for your pet's health. These amino acids can’t be produced by dogs and cats, and must be supplied through diet to boost the growth of new muscles.

  • Great source of fiber: benefits your pet's digestive system.

  • Packed with omega fatty acids and vitamin E: promotes healthy skin and a shiny coat.

Sensitivity to persin

Dogs and cats don’t seem to be sensitive to persin. Other animals such as birds, horses, and rodents certainly are. A large amount of persin could strain your dog or cat's stomach, but they would have to eat a lot of leaves, seeds, and peels for that to happen.


Avocados, when used in the right amounts, can be an ultra-healthy booster for your pet. They provide essential vitamins and minerals, making them a valuable addition to pet food recipes. Always rely on expert advice and trusted sources for your pet's nutrition, and rest assured that Edgard & Cooper's recipes are formulated with care and expertise.

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