Avocado toxic or not for dogs and why, avocado in dog diet safety concerns / First published on Perfect cocker spaniel blog / Image by sandid from Pixabay

Q&A | Avocado: yes or no?

I receive so many questions about avocado in dog’s diet, so I thought I’d share it here since yesterday was a #nationalavocadoday.

Lately avocado was said to be safe for dogs. However before you go head think of the following…

… avocado contains persin, a toxic substance found in the skin, right under the skin, in the stone and the bark of avocado;
… the LIGHT green flesh of the fruit is low in persin, however it is difficult to ensure that the light green won’t be mixed with the DARK green flesh found under the skin of the fruit, thus increasing the risk of poisoning;
… if a dog has avocado he’s likely to have upset stomach or vomiting;
… in addition the stone can not only be more toxic if crushed by a dog, but also get stuck in the throat or digestive tract, which can be fatal;
…high fat content of avocado can increase risk of pancreatitis.

Personally, I would not risk it. I also do not believe that something that was once deemed very toxic for pooched was suddenly given a green light. It feels more like a trend, not something supported by research.

Photo source: image by sandid from Pixabay

Dried cassia, toxicity of cassia plant food additive for dogs, cassia in dog food / Image by Fathima Shanas from Pixabay / first published on perfectcockerspaniel blog

Check your dog’s food for this ingredient

I couldn’t help noticing another ingredient that is added to more and more dog foods. It is called CASSIA and in simple terms, it’s a cheap alternative to cinnamon. In dog food cassia works as a gelling agent and preservative. It’s more likely to be a part of wet food but can be added to kibble also.

Nutritionally, dogs do not need cinnamon or cassia in their diet. While cinnamon can be beneficial for certain conditions when used in very small quantities and short period of time, cassia may cause or worsen liver disease, increase risk of allergies, skin inflammation and irritate digestive tract.

It can become toxic if used for a long period even if the amount it minute. It is approved in EU & a few other countries but as far as dog food research goes, the studies are still going and latest outcome specifies that only purified cassia can be used and in certain amounts (just over 1% of total food) . Considering that not enough research has been done and possibility of side-effects however minor, do check labels of your dog food just to be on a safe side. Cassia can be listed as cassia gum or E427 or E499.

Photo source: image by Fathima Shanas from Pixabay

How and where to find cocker spaniel puppy / how to make your pet famous on instagram

Puppies & Instagram

I recently saw a report saying that most people spend more time deciding which pair of shoes to buy than getting a puppy. And, of course, I couldn’t help noticing how seeing pups on Instagram prompted people to run and get one there and then.

So if you are thinking about getting a dog, remember that love isn’t enough. You are going to be responsible for somebody who will be spending their whole life with you & rely on you in everything.

Research, learn, take your time & be realistic when you make a decision to have a dog. Never rush into it. Because once you have a dog, your life will change & you will have to be ready to accept it and become the most dedicated, caring and loving parent for your new baby.

Photo source: image by Thomas Ulrich from Pixabay

Fred, 7 weeks old, chocolate & tan english cocker spaniel puppy (C) Natalia Ashton, Perfect cocker spaniel

And they call it “puppy love”…

Do you know that looking at photos of puppies can rescue your relationships? According to a 2017 study, people who looked at photos of puppies once ever few days for up to 8 weeks, felt more positive about their partners and relationships.

The study was based on a trick called “evaluative conditioning” and included 144 couples who were asked to view photos of pups followed occasional images of their spouses. So here’s to the power of puppies! I wonder how many of them were cocker spaniels?

You can read more about the study in Daily Mail.

Photo source: Fred, photographed by me