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It's not the fruit that is the issue, it's avocado leaves, fruit, seeds and bark which contain a toxic principle known as Persin. The Guatemalan variety, a common one found in stores, appears to be the most problematic. Other strains of avocado can have different degrees of toxic potential. The safety profile of foods and other products formulated with avocado is a difficult question for us to answer definitively, because we do not know specifically how avocados are processed for these foods, what types of avocados are used, or what minimum dose of the toxic principle results in clinical effects. Therefore, we have refrained from making an overall assessment of the safety or toxicity of products that contain avocado. (from ASPCA site http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/ask-the-expert/ask-the-expert-poison-control/dog-food-containing-avocado.html) Avoderm assures its product safety - read more here: http://www.breeders-choice.com/dog_products/avoderm-natural-and-avocado-safety.htm
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2009 on Dogs and Avocado, parts 2 and 3 at heathervescent