Hold the Avocado!

You may love guacamole, but it doesn’t love your pets. While it may be high in plant proteins and other healthy vitamins for you, it can be deadly to your pet.

Avocado plants, in all their parts, contain a toxin called persin. Guatemalan avocados, which are the most prevalent variety, is also apparently the highest in persin content.

For dogs, the primary concern is gastrointestinal distress including diarrhea and vomiting. These effects are typically seen in dogs who have consumed significant quantities of the fruit. If you bring home a doggie bag to share with your four-legged friend, make sure there is no avocado in it before sharing.

Rodents and birds are particularly sensitive to avocado. Ingestion of the fruit, or other parts, can lead to severe respiratory distress, congestion, and even to fluid accumulating around the heart. Any of these conditions, if left untreated, can lead to death.

Keep avocado fruit, leaves, seeds, and bark away from your pets. If you suspect your pet of having ingested avocado or any other potentially poisonous substance, call your veterinarian or the Animal Poison Control Center hotline at 888-426-4435 for 24-hour assistance.

You rely on your pet for companionship and security. Be sure they can trust you for the same kind of concern.

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