View Full Version : Avocado Safety
07-29-2005, 09:21 AM
This may seem like a strange question. I've read so much on this forum about how great avocados are and everyone seems to love them. I can't bring myself to eat one though (one's sitting on the table right now).
Why? I also have parrots and know that avocados are toxic to them as well as several other animals. Yet people seem to eat them in large quantities.
Does anyone know why avocados are toxic to animals but not humans?
07-29-2005, 09:33 AM
I did a google search ~ avocados, toxicity and this is one thing I came up with: http://kgkat.tripod.com/avocado.html There was LOTS of other info there.
Maybe someone here has direct experience?
07-29-2005, 12:03 PM
Now that's fascinating. But on the one hand, they say that it's the tree, on the other, they say it's the avacado its self... I'm soooo confused!!! But that's easy to do. :confused:
07-29-2005, 12:58 PM
Just a thought. There are berries which birds regularly include in their diets that humans can't eat, so it seems to me that the reverse could also be true.
07-29-2005, 02:38 PM
Chocolate is also toxic to many animals. But not to us.
There are things animals can eat but we can't.
07-29-2005, 04:16 PM
Actually, there's a dog food out that reportedly contains avos ~ s'posed to be good for their skin/coat.
08-01-2005, 06:03 AM
I have two parrots, and when I bought them, the people gave me a pamphlet that told me what I could and could not feed them,
They can NOT eat avocadoes and anything with caffeine, however sunflower seeds are a narcotic to them, and they can become additcted to them, the darker the seed, the more narcotic, I always thought that was interesting.
Just for your info, Exotic birds can die of two common things, drafts are number one, and teflon pots and pans are number two.
The glue in teflon is toxic to all animals, (humans too) and when heated, if there is any scratch in the teflon, then the glue fumes can escape.
So, 16 years ago when I bought my birds, I tossed all of my teflon, of course, now everyone knows about the teflon dangers.
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