Can Dogs Eat Tomatoes?
No matter what food you’re eating, it’s likely that your pup is begging for a bite! Because of its common use in many foods such as pizza, pasta, various dishes, and even eaten as a snack on its own, it’s important to know the ins and outs of feeding your dog tomatoes
Can dogs eat tomatoes? Like many other human foods, it’s important to note that there’s no black and white answer to this question. As always, consult with your veterinarian as some breeds or specific dogs may have health problems outside of the norm. Otherwise, tomatoes can be a healthy, non-toxic treat for your pup if fed to them correctly.
According to TruPanion, there are some risks for dogs in consuming tomatoes. “The plant itself contains a couple of harmful components like solanine that is found in the stem and leaves of the tomato plant. In large quantities, solanine can be harmful to dogs. Thankfully, it’s usually concentrated in the green parts of the tomato plant so as long as the tomato is ripe and the green parts are removed, tomatoes are generally safe for your dog to eat.” Though it’s common for people to assume tomatoes to be toxic to dogs due to belonging to the nightshade variety of plants, tomatoes can make a great treat in moderation when ripe. If your furry friend ever gets ahold of the tomato plant itself (green stems and leaves or unripe tomatoes), make sure to call you vet immediately. Though the outcome is likely just an upset stomach, if consumed in large quantities, tomatoes plants can cause lethargy, loss of coordination, muscle weakness, tremors, seizures, and cardiac effects according to the AKC.
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