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No, dogs cannot eat avocado oil. Unlike the fruit, avocado oil is non-toxic. However, the high-fat content makes it a bad choice of food for your dog. So, a few licks might not hurt your dog, but regular consumption can cause your dog pancreatitis.

Avocado Oil
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Caution: This food is generally considered risky by the veterinary community. Dogs should not eat this food and should be monitored for adverse effects.

Food Safety Best to avoid
Nutritional Issue High-fat content
Potential Risks Pancreatitis
Symptoms Diarrhea, abdominal pain, decreased appetite
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How Much Avocado Oil Is Bad for Dogs?

If your dog has licked a few drops of a spill, it is unlikely to harm them. Sometimes, we feed our dogs things we don’t realize are bad for them. Anything above a teaspoon on a regular basis or even occasionally can be harmful to your dog.

It is best to eliminate it from your dog’s diet if you have been feeding them avocado oil.

TIP: If you want your dog to gain nutrition from oil, try drizzling a few drops of olive oil in their food. You can also incorporate coconut oil in homemade dog food to ensure your dog gets the nutrition they need to be healthy.

Common Ingredients in Avocado Oil

The common ingredients in avocado oil are:
Avocado: Avocado is toxic to dogs and is not a safe fruit. Avocado plants are also toxic to dogs.
Fatty Acids: Fatty acids are good for dogs but only in moderation. Avocado oil contains high levels of fat content.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes, avocado is toxic to dogs and is best avoided. If your dog has consumed any part of an avocado, watch out for signs of distress.

  • Yes, some oils are safe for dogs to eat. If you want to add oils to your dog’s diet, your safest bet is olive oil.

  • Don’t panic. Avocado oil is non-toxic to dogs. So, unless they have consumed a large quantity, we suggest simply monitoring your dog to ensure they are fine. Remember, even in small quantities, regular use of avocado oil can harm your dog.

About the Writer
Dan Greco , Dog Dad

Having been a dog dad for 5 years, I know how hard it is to make sure your dog gets the right nutrients and stays away from hazardous foods. With the help of a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition, I created this blog to help dog owners quickly access food information they need.

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About the Contributor
Dr. Hillary Wolfe , Veterinarian & Certified Food Therapist

Dr. Wolfe holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and holds nutrition certifications from the NAVC and CIVT. Her business, Tula Veterinary Nutrition, hosts online courses that teach owners how to cook for their pet for optimal health and longevity. Follow her on Instagram at @doctorwolfe.dvm for dog nutrition tips, recipes and insights.