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!
Allow me to introduce you to AvoDerm® Revolving Menu.
The Revolving Menu helps avoid food sensitivities because it allows you to vary your pet’s proteins so they don’t develop allergies. It’s specially formulated so that sensitive stomachs won’t experience digestive upset when you switch proteins. Also, I know we’re all hyper-aware of food production: AvoDerm is made in the USA in California with California avocados.
We’re going to do a six-week trial of the AvoDerm Revolving Menu to see what this herd thinks. Although, to be perfectly honest, I don’t really care what they think! They eat compost and cat litter if given the chance. What I think is what matters, and here’s what I’m thinking:
The food is grain-free and gluten-free with a limited-ingredient formulation, so it’ll be easier on their stomachs. Plus, no fillers to help avoid even more food sensitivities (Cooper has NO tolerance for chemical additives or preservatives).
And, of course, the 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. Or, stay tuned for my (purely anecdotal but pretty funny) evidence on the safety of avocados. I have two avocado-related dog shenanigans to share… I’m sure you can guess who one of the “culprits” is, which I’ll include in the next post about our six-week AvoDerm trial!
Please tell me I’m not the only one with an avocado obsession. Are you an avocado fan like me? Have you tried avocado-related products for your pup? Or any experience with this food? I’m pretty excited to see how it affects their skin and coat! I’d love to hear your experiences or questions you have about that food that I should look into for my next post!