Can Boston Terriers Eat Avocados? What You Need To Know!

Have you ever wondered if avocados are safe for your Boston Terrier?

Many fruits and vegetables can be extremely harmful to your Boston Terrier. Avocados in particular are toxic to dogs, and your Boston Terrier should never be fed avocados.

Can Boston Terriers Eat Avocados? What You Need To Know!

Avocados contain a dangerous ingredient that can cause your Boston to become very sick.

This article will discuss the risks of feeding avocados to Boston Terriers. Also, this article will tell you everything you need to know in case your Boston Terrier accidentally ate a piece of avocado.

Is It Safe For Boston Terriers To Eat Avocados?

Boston Terriers should not be fed avocados because they are not safe for dogs to eat.

The ASPCA stated that avocados are toxic to dogs. They mentioned that both the plant and fruit can contain a harmful compound known as persin. Additionally, the pit of the avocado can cause intestinal blockage.

If your Boston Terrier ingests avocados, they could develop severe vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration.

If your Boston Terrier has eaten a piece of avocado, you should contact your vet immediately.

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Why Are Avocados Bad For Dogs?

Avocados contain a toxic chemical called persin. This is an antifungal compound that is naturally present in the avocado plant and fruit. Persin is a toxic compound that can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs.

Also, the flesh of the avocado contains high levels of fat which can also trigger bouts of pancreatitis in dogs. Pancreatitis causes profuse vomiting and dehydration that can lead to death if left untreated.

In addition, avocado pits can be very dangerous. If your dog ingests an avocado pit, the large firm pit can get stuck in the intestines causing a severe and life-threatening obstruction. 

What Part Of An Avocado Is Poisonous To Dogs?

It is not a good idea to feed any part of an avocado to your dog.

All parts of the avocado have a toxic compound known as persin. While there may be less persin in the fleshy part of the avocado, I still do not recommend feeding it to your dog because there is still a high risk that they will become sick from it.

The pit of the avocado can be especially dangerous for dogs because of the risk of intestinal obstruction.

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How Much Avocado Will Hurt A Boston Terrier?

Boston Terriers are a rather small dog breed. Even small amounts of avocado could harm your Boston Terrier.

One avocado pit could cause life-threatening intestinal obstruction.

Can Avocados Kill A Boston Terrier?

If your Boston Terrier eats an avocado, there is a risk that they could die especially if you do not seek veterinary care promptly. The pit of the avocado can cause intestinal obstruction which, if left untreated, will most likely lead to death. 

To reduce the risk of death due to avocado ingestion, contact your vet immediately if your Boston Terrier has eaten any amount of avocado.

What Happens If A Boston Terrier Eats Avocado?

If your Boston Terrier eats an avocado, they may get an upset stomach and exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration.

If your Boston Terrier eats an avocado pit, it could become lodged into the intestines. Signs of intestinal obstruction include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Weakness
  • Straining to defecate
  • Not wanting to eat
  • Not drinking water
  • Belly pain
  • Hunched posture

What Should I Do If My Boston Terrier Eats Avocado?

If you think your Boston has eaten avocado, I would recommend contacting your veterinarian as soon as possible.

It may also be a good idea to contact a pet poison helpline to get additional advice. Pet poison hotlines can be very helpful even though there may be a small fee associated with these services ($50 to $100).

My two favorite pet poison hotlines are:

  • ASPCA Animal Poison Control: (888) 426-4435
  • Pet Poison Helpline: (855) 764-7661

Want to talk to a veterinarian right now 24 hours a day 7 days a week? Click here to check out the Boston Terrier Society Veterinarian Page For Details.

How Do You Treat Avocado Poisoning In Boston Terriers?

After arriving at the veterinary hospital, your Boston Terrier will be assessed by your veterinarian. They may wish to get an x-ray of your Boston to make sure that there is no sign of intestinal obstruction especially if your Boston has ingested an avocado pit.

Your veterinarian may wish to hospitalize and monitor your Boston Terrier.

In addition, they may wish to administer intravenous fluids and medications to help improve your Boston Terrier’s symptoms.

If your pet has an intestinal obstruction, your veterinarian may need to perform abdominal surgery to remove the avocado pit.


Avocados are unsafe for Boston Terriers. They can cause stomach upset including vomiting and diarrhea because avocados contain a toxic compound known as persin.

The avocado pit is especially dangerous for Boston Terriers. Ingestion of the avocado pit can cause a life-threatening intestinal obstruction. If left untreated, intestinal obstructions can result in death.

If your Boston eats any part of an avocado, I would recommend contacting your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Here are some safe treats to feed you Boston Terrier that they will love, Zuke’s, Blue Buffalo Bits, Hill’s Baked Biscuits, and Fruitables Baked Treats.


Addie Reinhard, DVM

Addie Reinhard, DVM- Dr. Addie Reinhard is an experienced small animal veterinarian. She is a Boston Terrier lover and always enjoys caring for her Boston patients at the veterinary clinic. She is passionate about providing helpful educational resources to pet parents regarding animal diseases and preventative care. She lives in Lexington, KY with her husband, greyhound, and four cats.

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