To all of my co-fur parent, you might wonder if whether tomatoes are safe to share with our fur babies. For the question of Can Dogs Eat Tomatoes? the answer is both YES and NO. Ripe tomatoes are considered nontoxic to dogs and can be fed in moderation as occasional treats, while the Unripe tomatoes and tomato plants should be avoided. There’s a lot of information and exceptions you should know before feeding tomatoes to your dog.
Here are are the list of what you should know about each part of tomatoes, the ripe fruit, stems, and leaves, as well as the flowering plant, and what are the good and bad effects of feeding it your dog.
Are Tomatoes Poisonous for Dogs?
Tomatoes are in the nightshade family of vegetables, which means the plants contain a few components that are harmful to certain animals, including solanine. Solanine is a substance found in the stem and leaves of the tomato and related plants that is harmful to dogs in large quantities. It is mostly concentrated in the green parts of the tomato plant. The leaves, stems, and young, green tomatoes contain higher amounts of solanine than ripe fruit.
Poisoning from overeating tomatoes is rare in dogs, but it can happen. Ripe tomatoes are generally safe to feed to dogs but in the right amount and in an occasional basis. If you have a garden and you plant a tomato there make sure your dog cant enter there because the chance that your dog might eat the green tomatoes or chew on the stem and leaves is high and will become very problematic.
Can Dogs Eat Tomatoes?
Tomatoes is a great occasionally treats for dogs just make sure to choose ripe, red ones, and you must also need to removed stems, leaves, and vines before giving it to them. Don’t feed too much of tomatoes to your dog because it can cause stomach upset to them.
If you will try for the first time feeding tomatoes to your dog be sure you start with small amounts to see how your dog reacts, just like you would when introducing any new dog food.
Are Tomatoes Good For Dogs?
Tomatoes especially ripe tomatoes are generally not poisonous to dogs, but what are the health benefits of feeding tomatoes to our dogs? Tomatoes are rich in nutrients that are good for dogs as long as consumed in appropriate quantities.
The Tomatoes contain lycopene that may reduce the risk of heart disease and promote strong bones and beta-carotene, which can improve cognition, they’re also low in calories and high in fiber, which is good for healthy digestion and maintains steady blood sugar levels, it also contains antioxidants and several important vitamins and minerals, like potassium, vitamin A that is good for vision, vitamin C and vitamin K.
Are Tomatoes Bad For Dogs?
Tomatine is a toxic substance found in tomato plants and it is very harmful when consumed in large quantities. It is found in greatest concentration in the tomato plant itself—more so in the flowers and small stems, but also in the leaves and the stalk.
The unripe tomatoes contain slightly more tomatine, so it is safe to feed the ripe tomatoes to your dog because it contains a small amount that, even if your dog consumes far more than you ever intended, it’s not really a concern as far as toxicity goes.
If your dog has consumed the green parts of a tomato plant, watch him carefully for signs of tomatine poisoning. Clinical signs of too much tomatine include:
- Gastrointestinal (GI) upset
- Cardiac effects
- Loss of coordination
- Muscle weakness
The good news is that these symptoms are rare, and the prognosis for dogs with tomatine poisoning is generally good. Call your vet if your dog exhibits these signs, as they can be a symptom of other serious health problems in addition to tomatine consumption.
How Should You Give Tomatoes To Your Dog?
The very safest way is to ask your vet if it’s okay to serve tomatoes to your dog, and if it is okay made sure you choose ripe, red ones that have the stems, leaves, and vines removed, don’t add any additives like salt, as these can be harmful to dogs. Make sure you know the source of the tomatoes too, so you can avoid pesticides and herbicides that can make your dog sick.
If you serve your dog a tomato-based product like sauce or soup, check the ingredients for anything that can hurt your dog. It’s best to stick to fresh tomatoes that you prepare, yourself, just to be safe.
If you think that your dog has eaten a large amount of tomato plant, call your veterinarian for advice.