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Avoderm Reply re Avocado Safety

November 7th, 2006, 10:58 PM
Here's the reply I received from Breeder's Choice, the makers of Avoderm, regarding the safety of avocados:

We at Breeder's Choice hope our response will reassure you of the safety of
avocados in our AvoDerm Natural line of food.

The ASPCA avocado warnings come out every couple of months, and out of
concern for pet safety, the alert is generalized to all avocado use.

When contacted regarding the statements posted on the ASPCA website, Dana Farbman, CVT of the ASPCA, responded with the information below:

"The toxic potential of foods and other products formulated with avocado is
a difficult question to answer definitively, because we do not know
specifically how avocados are processed for these foods, what types of
avocado(s) are used, or what minimum dose of the toxic principle results in
clinical effects. Therefore, we are at this time not comfortable making an
overall pet safety assessment on avocado containing products."

In some cases, there may be reason to warrant such a general statement, but be assured that in the 25 years that AvoDerm has been sold, and the millions of pets that have eaten our food worldwide over those years (most of them throughout their entire lifetime), we have never witnessed any "negative" reaction from the avocado in dogs or cats.

The following is from an email from Dr. Guy Witney, Director of Industry
Affairs of the California Avocado Commission:

"In spite of the very occasional and almost always indirect reports of
avocado toxicity to dogs and cats there is a huge body of evidence to the
contrary. There are several pet food formulations containing avocado on the market and these are being fed to hundreds of thousands of dogs every day world-wide with no reported problems.

Also, 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 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."

The next information is to clarify our process on the use and manufacturing
of avocado:

"Each AvoDerm formula includes Avocado oil. The avocado oil is full of
vitamins A, C, D, E and B6. Avocados are also rich in potassium, niacin,
essential fatty acids and many other nutrients essential to good skin and
coat health. Avocados have zero cholesterol, very little sodium, and are
high in monounsaturated fats, the same kind found in olive oil.

The process of removing the oil from the avocado is a lengthy process.
Briefly, this process begins by washing the ripened fruit, removing any dirt
or unwanted substances that may have collected on the skin. The fruit is
then cut in half and the pit is removed. The oil is separated through
mechanical extraction, using a centrifuge that rotates at 400 cycles per
second. This process separates the pulp and skin, leaving a golden green
liquid full of natural goodness."

I hope this information is useful, and has helped to alleviate some of your
concerns. Feel free to contact if you have any further questions.


Breeder's Choice

November 8th, 2006, 01:18 AM
So basically, the SPCA says this, but we use avocado oil, so it doesn't apply to us.

I've never heard somebody use "natural goodness" in a non-sarcastic way...:D

November 8th, 2006, 01:28 AM
avocados.....*drool*:thumbs up

November 8th, 2006, 01:32 AM
Oh no! She has avocado toxicity and has passed out all drooly on the floor!!:eek:

November 8th, 2006, 02:02 AM
So basically, the SPCA says this, but we use avocado oil, so it doesn't apply to us.

I've never heard somebody use "natural goodness" in a non-sarcastic way...:D

Ummm, since I'm a person of few words, I think you should, and I quote: "Feel free to contact if you have any further questions." :D

November 8th, 2006, 01:22 PM
lol I was just summarizing that novel of PR they sent you.;) :D

November 8th, 2006, 10:31 PM
Aw, c'mon, wouldn't you like to be the thorn in their side? :evil:

November 8th, 2006, 10:37 PM
lol I'm already blacklisted from too many companies.

November 9th, 2006, 01:19 AM
But they're crappy companies. :p