Feeding dehydrated fruits and vegetables

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    Gloria K
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    Is it okay to feed my 12 pound terrier homemade dehydrated fruits and veggies?

    #61863 Report Abuse

    Dog_Obsessed
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    I don’t know for sure, but I don’t see what would be wrong with it. Just make sure not to feed fruits or veggies that are toxic to dogs, grapes is the main one that I know of.

    #61864 Report Abuse

    Gloria K
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    Yes grapes onions and avocados are not to be fed to dogs. I was thinking of the same things that I put in his food like carrots, sweet potato chips, green beans, things like that.
    Since they’re dried without salt, sugar or other spices I can’t see why they would be any different than raw or cooked veggies or fruits in his food. He loves to chew things like that.

    #61920 Report Abuse

    Hound Dog Mom
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    Beware of grapes (as mentioned) as well as onions and you should be alright – although I personally think it would be much more beneficial to feed dehydrated meats as most dog’s diets typically aren’t lacking in carbs. 🙂

    #61926 Report Abuse

    theBCnut
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    According to Pet Poison Control, avocados are not toxic to dogs.

    #61929 Report Abuse

    Dog_Obsessed
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    From what I know, Avocados are not exactly toxic in the same way grapes are, but they are not something you want to be giving your dog. I think they generally just cause stomach upset, though maybe in larger amounts they could do more damage. Not sure what those amounts would be, but best to avoid them anyhow.

    #61931 Report Abuse

    theBCnut
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    They are high in fat and so a dog that is sensitive to fat level could get upset stomach from them, but that is in no way the same thing as toxic. We aren’t telling people that pork fat is toxic, or beef fat, or any other high fat food, but the myth that avocado is toxic to dogs keeps getting spread around. Dogs can handle avocado just fine, unless they have an issue with too much fat. They are toxic to some other animals, but not to dogs.

    #61932 Report Abuse

    DogFoodie
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    I always thought it was generally the avocado pit that was problematic.

    #61934 Report Abuse

    theBCnut
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    As a choking hazard or possible blockage, yes, as a toxin, no. Even for the animals that avocado is toxic for, it’s the peel, leaves, and bark that are toxic, not the flesh.

    #61937 Report Abuse

    Naturella
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    I was going to say, isn’t there a food called AvoDerm that contains lots of avocado in it? Surely it wouldn’t be THAT bad for dogs if a food boasts to contain that particular fruit so much. I would use it too, especially the Trout formula from the Revolving Menu of AvoDerm. 🙂

    #61947 Report Abuse

    theBCnut
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    It doesn’t have a lot of avocado, but it does have avocado. It’s great for skin and coat health.

    #61960 Report Abuse

    Dog_Obsessed
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    Interesting. I had seen that AvoDerm had avocado in it. It has a very small amount of avocado oil in it. Here’s what the ASPCA says about the use of avocado in dog food:

    I noticed your avocado information in the recent issue of ASPCA News Alert. Do you have any information about the safety of avocado in pet food?

    – Nicole K.

    Good question, Nicole. As you read in News Alert, avocado leaves, fruit, seeds and bark 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.

    Avocado is sometimes included in pet foods for nutritional benefit. We would generally not expect avocado meal or oil present in commercial pet foods to pose a hazard to dogs and cats, but we advise against giving avocado flesh or peel to dogs and cats, as mild stomach upset may occur if the animal eats a significant amount. Ingestion of the pit can lead to obstruction in the gastrointestinal tract, which is a serious situation requiring urgent veterinary care.

    First they say that it contains Persin, which is toxic to dogs, and then they say that besides the pit, the biggest risk is stomach upset. And BCnut said that the biggest risk, besides the pit, was the fat. Now I’m confused.

    #61961 Report Abuse

    DogFoodie
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    Who eats avocado peel in the first place?

    #61962 Report Abuse

    Dog_Obsessed
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    Lol yeah. I guess if you dropped a whole avocado and let the dog eat it then they would eat the peel.

    #61982 Report Abuse

    Gloria K
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    With all the confusion I think I’ll pass on the avocados for Mickey. There are a lot of other things he can eat. LOL

    #61996 Report Abuse

    theBCnut
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    Persin is not a toxin to dogs. It can be a mild irritant. That is not the same thing as a toxin. It is a toxin to some other animals though. Think how many different real foods could cause a lot more than mild stomach upset if a large amount was consumed. That is a stupid statement. ASPCA uses the Pet Poison Control as one of their sources of information, but then incorrectly uses the info. The PhD that runs the Pet Poison Control does have a clue about avocado and which animals are affected by persin. Do you know how many things the ASPCA is completely wrong about, but continues to put out there anyways?

    #62041 Report Abuse

    DogFoodie
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    That’s odd. Someone posted some more information about persin in avocados and the ASPCA, but the comment disappeared.

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