I’m obsessed with avocados. I seriously love them. Do you have a Lucky’s Market near you? They have avocados 3 for $1 (limit 6 so bring a false mustache) every couple months, and I stalk the bin. You know how the Portlandia folks put a bird on it? That’s my thing with avocados. Sandwich? Put an avocado on it. Pasta? Put an avocado on it. Eggs? Avocado. Even, no joke, chocolate mousse. It’s great for dry skin and dry hair, and because of all the rich fats in avocados, I seriously believe that eating a massive quantity of them helped my hair grow back so quickly after chemo.
You’re probably asking yourself: What the heck does this have to do with dogs?
Great question! I’ll tell you!
Let’s have a real quick primer on avocados:
They are a nutrient-dense superfood, rich in heart-healthy fats and omegas 3 and 6 fatty acids. On top of that, they have antiodidants, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients like vitamins A, C, E, and B6. We just love ’em around here! (He doesn’t look like he loves ’em in this pic. Ha! But, he’s earning his keep! 😉 )
I know there’s a lot of concern swirling about avocados being toxic to dogs. I’m not sure how that myth has propagated so wildly, but it is a myth! Avocados are toxic to horses and some birds, so maybe it was extrapolated from that? Or maybe it’s to prevent the pit from becoming a choking hazard? Anyway, you can read all about avocado toxicity on the ASPCA website here.
This is purely anecdotal “evidence” but when John and I were in Guatemala, we spotted street dogs snitching avocados from the overflowing baskets of roadside vendors. As soon as the farmer turned to haggle with a potential customer, a dog would pop out and grab an avocado, then trot off to enjoy the spoils. It was absolutely adorable and very funny.
Please tell me I’m not the only one with an avocado obsession. Are you an avocado fan like me? Have you tried avocados or avocado-related products for your pup?
I’d love to hear your experiences or questions you have about that food that I should look into for my next post!