Tomatoes! Round red juicy and delicious veggie that we all love but can dogs eat tomatoes?
Yes, dogs can eat fully ripe tomatoes in moderation. Care should be taken not to give him the unripe green tomato. This may have Solanine or Tomatine which is harmful to dogs.
Tomatoes are a very popular vegetable found in most tasty meals like sliced in a salad, meshed into a puree, munched in the sandwich, etc. Thus it is natural to understand many have a question on whether a tomato is safe for the dogs as well.
Benefits of Tomato to dogs
Like many other veggies, Tomato have health benefits too. They are packed with many nutrients like fiber, lycopene, tons of Vitamin C and a wide variety of antioxidants.
In a single medium-sized tomato (100 grams), we have:
- Calories: 18
- Water: 95%
- Protein: 0.9 grams
- Carbs: 3.9 grams
- Sugar: 2.6 grams
- Fiber: 1.2 grams
- Fat: 0.2 grams
Lycopene reduces the risk of heart disease and promotes strong bones.
Beta-carotene, an antioxidant that often gives foods a yellow or orange hue improves cognition abilities of the dog.
Vitamin A helps with vision and also have anti oxidant.
Vitamin C is an anti oxidant and helps maintaining good skin.
Folate (Vitamin B9) helps in tissue growth.
Potassium helps in maintaining the blood pressure and heart disease prevention.
Can dogs eat tomato sauce?
No Dogs should not eat tomato sauce. As while raw tomatoes are good, tomato sauce is mixed with more ingredients like salt, sugar, onion and garlic as well which can be harmful to dogs.
Can dogs eat tomato leaves and stem?
Green part of Tomato plant like leaves and stems are not good as they have Solanine or Tomatine which is toxic to dogs.
Can dogs eat cooked Tomatoes?
Yes, you can cook the tomato a little so they don’t lose much of its nutrients. Care should be taken not to add any flavor like onion or garlic which can be toxic to dogs.
Can tomatoes hurt my dog?
Yes, tomato may hurt your dog if not eaten in moderation or your dog eat the greener parts like leaves, stem or unripe green tomato.
Tomato plants has two substances called Solanine and Tomatine which are toxic to dogs if consumed in large quantities. They are mostly found in the greener parts of tomato. So only fully ripe tomato removing all other parts like leaves or stem should be fed to the dog.
If you have tomato grown in your yard, see that your pooch doesn’t start eating the same.
Common symptom of harmful effect is gastrointestinal upset, vomiting, diarrhea but may also include drowsiness, abnormal heart rate etc. It is rare for dogs to get these symptoms but if you see any sign of tomato poisoning in your dog, take him to the vet for advice.
There is also a chance that your dog be allergic to tomatoes. So it is best to start in small portion and observe before giving the bigger servings.
It is best to wash the tomato before consumption as it may be covered with pesticides which could be harmful.
While the inside of the tomato is watery and squishy, the covering is hard and hence it is best to chop it in byte size pieces to avoid any choking hazard.
Tomato is the edible red berry of the plant known as Solanum lycopersicum. So unlike popular belief, botanically tomato is a fruit (berry) and not a vegetable. It is characterized as a vegetable for the culinary properties and less sugar inside the same.
Tomatoes are quite popular and loved for their taste across the world in any form like tomato sauce, sliced in sandwich or as Tomato soup.
References: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/tomatoes https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/nutrition/can-dogs-eat-tomatoes/
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