The answer is absolutely no! Avocados are especially dangerous for our feathered friends as they contain a toxin called “persin” which can be deadly to birds. The pit and the skin of the fruit are the most toxic portions, but the flesh is also highly dangerous, acting as poison in the bird’s digestive system.
What Are the Symptoms of Avocado Toxicity in Parrots?
If you suspect that your parrot has consumed avocado, we recommend not waiting for signs and symptoms, but rather contact us immediately for assistance. If symptoms have begun to manifest themselves, they may not be readily visible without a professional veterinary examination. Symptoms of avocado toxicity include:
- Gastrointestinal irritation
- Respiratory distress
- Fluid accumulation around the heart
As a pet owner, it is very important to realize that avocado toxicity can result in death by rapid cardiac arrest. Consumption of avocado should always be treated as a medical emergency.
Is Avocado Ever Safe for Parrots to Eat?
As veterinarians, we say no, avocado is never safe for parrots to eat. However, there have been cases where parrots have consumed avocado and shown no ill effects. While this is not a reason to ever feed your pet this deadly fruit, it does indicate that accidental consumption of avocado may not always lead to death.
There are many variables in the cases where avocado has not been fatal and at this time veterinarians are unable to determine why some cases may not lead to fatalities. We recommend that no matter what, if your parrot consumes any part of the avocado, please contact us so that we can examine them and determine what treatment may be necessary for their care. Because birds are such unique exotics, their prompt treatment is essential to their well-being.
In all cases of pet emergency, we should be contacted promptly to ensure optimum safety for your friend.