Apart from their nutritious food and supplements, our pups enjoy some human treats. Usually, fruits and vegetables are the ultimate food choice to feed our dogs: they are rich in vitamins, minerals, and calcium. However, there are some foods that we should avoid since they are good for us, but definitely not so dog-friendly.
Some foods are known to be toxic for dogs, like grapes, raisins, chocolate, or sugar. However, even though some foods may seem harmless, they can end up hurting your dog. Unripe tomatoes are one of them.
Can dogs eat tomatoes?
Tomatoes contain an alkaloid called tomatine, which is toxic for dogs. As time goes by and tomatoes ripen, the possibility of containing this alkaloid narrows down significantly. Besides, tomatine is found in an even bigger proportion in leaves and tomato plants, and they contain atropine, which is also toxic for dogs. So, if you have one at home, you must be very careful. Keep your dog far from the tomato plant since this dose of alkaloid and atropine can be fatal for him.
Besides, if you have your own garden and you want to feed your dog a ripe tomato, always make sure it has no pesticides or fertilizers on it.
However, vets say that given in a small quantity, tomatoes are not harmful to dogs. They are likely to suffer from ‘stomach upset’ before reaching the amount of quantity that is toxic for them.
Symptoms of tomatine poisoning
You should always contact your vet if, after a tomato ingesta, you notice any of these symptoms:
- Weakness and lethargy
- Drooling and panting
- Lack of coordination
- Seizures and tremors
- Dilated pupils
- Vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation
What about tomato sauce?
Cooked tomatoes are much safer than raw tomatoes. The toxic alkaloid practically disappears when cooked, so it would be safe to give your dog a small amount. However, before feeding your dog with it, you need to check that tomato sauce hadn’t been cooked with another toxin. Garlic and onions contain a dangerous substance that can poison your dog as well, so be careful. Besides, salt and pepper can cause your dog an upset stomach, so try to avoid them when cooking for him.
So, can dogs eat tomatoes? Even though the toxicity of ripe tomatoes lowers considerably, feeding your dog every day with them is not recommended. There are a lot of foods containing the same minerals and vitamins that don’t compromise your pouch’s health. Choose wisely 😊