Can rabbits eat avocado? No, rabbits can not eat avocado
Avocado, expensive though it is, tastes wonderful. It’s packed full of vitamins and other beneficial stuff, and it’s mild nutty taste sets it apart from all other fruits. For those of you who haven’t eaten avocado yet, it tastes a little like walnut would, if it were a fruit. So imagine a little juiciness and the fresh taste associated with fruit, and add to that the mild nutty flavor of walnut. That’s avocado for you. It’s tasty and healthy, so naturally we’d want our furry babies to give it a try as well. But that would be extremely inadvisable, as avocado is toxic to rabbits. Remember that bunnies digestive systems are very different from our own
Why can rabbits not eat avocado?
As we mentioned above, avocado is not safe for rabbits to eat. All parts of the fruit and plant are toxic to rabbits, and in fact to many other pet animals as well. However, why is avocado toxic to rabbits? It’s because of a substance called Persin wich is found in the avocado fruit itself, as well as the rest of the plant. If a rabbit ingests that substance, it may suffer from behavioral changes, respiratory issues, congestive heart failure, and ultimately death. Persin wont harm us, so you don’t have to skip the guacamole
Even if it weren’t for the deadly toxin persin, avocados contain high amounts of fat which would make it unsuitable for rabbits anyways. It’s worrying, we know. Perhaps not what you were hoping to hear, but it’s very important information. Your rabbits diet and general health is your responsibility, since you are it’s sole food source. Rabbits dont know what foods are safe or unsafe
According to animal welfare organization PETA: “When you think of ideal rabbit snacks, fresh fruits and veggies probably come to mind. Avocados, however, should never be included in your bunny’s diet…this fatty fruit can be deadly if ingested by a rabbit.” If your rabbit has accidentally eaten avocado, we advise that you contact your local veterinarian immediately. There are lot’s of other alternatives for safe rabbit treats that you can find on this site, my own rabbit’s favourite treats for example are blueberries and raspberries, wich is safe for rabbits to feast upon. Bananas also seems to be a favourite amongst our furry little friends
Are any parts of the avocado safe for rabbits?
So the avocado itself isn’t safe for rabbits, but how about other parts of the fruit like the peels and the pits? Are avocado leaves safe for rabbits to eat? Unfortunately, the answer is no. Absolutely no part of the avocado plant or fruit is safe for rabbits. If your pet has been grazing in an area that has avocado trees and you suspect they may have eaten fallen leaves or branches, contact a vet immediately, as the leaves and stems contain the same toxin. Do not give your pet the discarded pits or peels either, they can all prove fatal. Note that avocado pits would also pose an enormous choking risk, so don’t let your pet play with them either
Avocado is perfectly safe and healthy, for humans!
Your furry friends can’t enjoy the fruit, but you definitely can! Avocado is perfectly safe for human consumption, and coupled with its wonderful taste and health benefits, it’s quite a treat! They may be expensive, but they’re worth the money. Often, people give their pet fruits that have become over-ripe. It’s generally a good idea because it makes use of food you wouldn’t eat, but which is still perfectly ok, but as you might’ve guessed, you shouldn’t do that with avocados. In fact, if the avocado has started to go bad, like if you see brown or reddish spots on the inside, it’s probably time to discard it. Bad avocados aren’t super safe for humans either. Sometimes if the damage is very little, you can try to carefully scoop out the fruit from unaffected areas, but when doing so you’re taking a gamble. The best course of action would be to err on the side of caution and simply just throw it in the trash
Overripe or damaged fruits can be turned into compost, which can then be used to grow tasty veggies for yourself and your pets, and the pits can be fun to try and germinate. Kids always find that interesting. Just be sure to put the waste material where your pet can’t get to it. In conclusion: Avocados are NOT safe for rabbits to eat. No part of the avocado, including the peel, flesh, pit, stem or leaves is suitable for rabbits. They are extremely toxic to rabbits and should be kept out of reach of your pet
Remember to contact your local veterinarian or rabbit breeder if you have questions or concerns regarding your rabbits diet or general health. There are also online veterinarians that you can ask questions about your pets for free, like for example on the mainpage of the site PetCoach. You can also find others by Googling search terms like online veterinarian and ask a veterinarian