AvoDerm® dog and cat foods contain avocado meal and avocado oil as ingredients that have proven to be both beneficial and safe for your pet. Mother Nature has given the avocado a natural defense mechanism, Persin. Persin is in the leaves, bark, skin & pit the avocado so mother nature can protect the wonderful superfruit inside. If a dog or a cat were to eat the bark, pit, skin or leaves of the avocado they would ingest Persin and that can be harmful to dogs and cats in large doses- AvoDerm® foods do not contain these harmful parts and are carefully formulated using only the meat of high quality avocados for meal and oil. Concern has been expressed by the ASPCA about the consumption of the leaves, fruit, bark, and stems from the avocado tree. Other sources have stated that Persin may leach into the meat of the fruit from the pit and skin of the avocado, however in the over 30 years since Breeder’s Choice first introduced AvoDerm®, millions of dogs and cats worldwide have consumed AvoDerm® products with no negative reactions from avocado meal or oil as used in our foods. We have experienced no indication that avocado as used in our dog and cat foods to be toxic, poisonous, harmful or bad for your pet - in fact our customer experiences of improved skin and coat health have been overwhelmingly positive.
Dr. Art Craigmill, UC Davis, Professor and Extension Specialist in Environmental Toxicology has said that his studies and other research in the United States and Australia have shown that the problem of toxicity is in the leaves and the pit of the Guatemalan variety; the avocado meat of the fruit and oils have not been shown to be toxic. AvoDerm® pet products do not utilize any Guatemalan variety avocados, nor do we use any leaves or pits of any variety of avocados for our avocado meal and oil.
Dr. Guy Whitney, Director of Industry Affairs and Research of the California Avocado Commission, has stated: “...in California there are around 7,000 family farmers who grow avocados and almost every one has dogs that actively seek out fruit that has fallen from the trees to snack on. The happy, well-filled out and shiny-coated orchard dog is a familiar sight to anyone in this industry and we have NEVER had a report of a family orchard dog getting sick from eating avocados. Also, the US Forest Service and UC Santa Barbara are about to publish a paper on the importance of avocado orchards in California to sustaining carnivore populations (bears, coyotes, mountain lions, foxes and small cats) during drought conditions. All of these animals are known to eat the protein and nutrient rich fruit that has fallen from the trees. Now birds are a different creature and it IS known that avocados are toxic to birds. Avocado leaves are known to be toxic to horses. Avocado seeds (pits) are NOT edible and are toxic to animals.”
You can feel quite confident in all AvoDerm® pet foods safety and nutritional value. We use only carefully selected suppliers of avocado meal and avocado oil and with over 30 years of problem-free consumption combined with the rave reviews of our customers about use of these products indicate that AvoDerm® foods are not only safe for dogs and cats, but also provide vital nutrients for skin and coat health.