Avocado is one of those really controversial foods. Some say yes, most say no. Would I feed a whole avocado to a small dog? No. Would I worry about a dog food that contains avocado? No.

Avocados contain a toxin called persin. How much dogs are affected by persin is debatable however, that doesn’t mean avocados are safe to feed your dog. Another risk is the high fat content of avocados which can trigger stomach upset, vomiting and even pancreatitis. In addition, body obstruction can occur if the dog swallows the whole large round avocado stone. This can get stuck in the oesophagus, stomach or intestinal tract of the dog.

Purée peas in a blender for a dog-licious guacamole.

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