Never feed avocado (also known as alligator pear) to horses. It is harmful to them but safe for humans. The avocado tree, leaves, fruits, and stem are toxic to your horses.
Signs of Avocado Poisoning in Horses
Although the tree is beautiful and serves as shade, if your horse being curious takes a bite, it might show the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling around the tongue, face and mouth
- Inability to stand up
- Consistent weakness
- Neurological dysfunction, he may fall over.
- Irregular heartbeat and fluid around the heart.
Why is Avocado Dangerous to Horses and Cows?
Avocado has “Persin”, which is a fatty acid found in the fruit. This is poisonous to many other grazing animals including cows. Persin is also found in the leaves and other parts.
That makes feeding any part of the avocado tree to horses spell DOOM.
Can Horses Eat Avacado and Survive?
It depends – if just little Persin has gotten into the horse system, then a Vet might be able to save it. Otherwise, it becomes too late.
If you notice your horse has had any part of avocado, do your best to keep the horse still and calm until help arrives. Keeping it still helps prevent a heart attack, from the fluid building around the pleural cavity and heart.
Keep your horse calm and still before and after phoning for help.
Can Horses Eat Avocado Leaves?
No! The leaves are toxic to horses.
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Can Horses eat Avocado Skin?
No, it is just not worth the risk of fatal poisoning.
Can Horses eat Avocado Pit?
Can Horses eat Avocado Plant or Stem?
No. If they do, they might not survive it.
Can Horses Have Avocado Oil?
No! Avocado oil is toxic to horses.
ALSO SEE: Will Horses eat Almond Butter?
Are Avocado Leaves Bad for Horses?
All parts of the avocado plant are very toxic to horses. They release toxins that leads to fatal respiratory distress and fluid around the heart, with the tongue, mouth and face suffering from swelling.
Being proactive and keeping your horse away is the best way to keep your horse safe from alligator per poisoning.