Can dogs eat tomatoes? We all want what is best for our canines, and eating human food could sometimes be really beneficial for them. Sometimes a simple question requires a more complicated answer. Keep reading to find out what that answer is!
Quick answer: Yes, but only if they are ripped and cleaned properly!
Are Tomatoes Safe For The Dogs?
Like stated above, dogs can eat tomatoes, but they need to be ripe red tomatoes, like the ones from the picture. And some of the tomatoes should never be given to a dog due to high amounts of a toxic substance called tomatine. Those parts are steamed leaves and roots. You can feed an adult dog a tomato from time to time, but puppies should not be allowed to have any, because even ripe tomatoes have a little bit tomatine in them, and their immune system is still in a phase of development.
Are Tomatoes Good For Our Canines?
Since there are some dangers in feeding our furry-buddies this vegetable (I know it is considered a fruit, but old habits die hard) are there some benefits too?
Yes, tomatoes are low-calorie, high in fiber (helps with digestion). They have lot of antioxidants, like vitamin A (helps with eyesight), vitamin C (reduces the risk of heart diseases and helps wounds to heal faster), and vitamin B12 (helps with maintaining normal functioning of the brain). Also contains lycopene (great for cancer prevention), beta-carotene (improves cognition), potassium (maintaining healthy blood pressure, muscles, and nerves).
Never Feed Him Green Tomatoes!
They contain the high amount of tomatine that is like already said very toxic for a dog. That amount goes up to 5 percent. If you have unripe green tomatoes in your garden and your dog ate some, take him to the vet immediately also check if your dog can eat Eggs or Cheese.
Can Dogs Eat Tomato Sauce, Soup or Canned Tomatoes?
- Tomato Sauce: Yes, but only if you used ripe red tomatoes to make the sauce, and if you didn’t add any spices, like onions or garlic( also known to be toxic for dogs), salt and pepper should be avoided too.
- Tomato Soup: If you’re making a very unappealing soup with just tomatoes, and no additional ingredients, then yes. But if you’re adding some garlic, onions, dairy, and other spices then it’s a big NO.
- Canned Tomatoes: Canned food is usually very unhealthy; it contains a lot of preservatives and additives. It is not healthy for humans, let alone dogs.
Possible Side Effects of Feeding Your Dog Tomatoes
An occasional red tomato from time to time is ok, but sometimes the doggies system may not agree with them. The worst that could happen could be an upset stomach. However, if he vomits, has diarrhea or seems disoriented, take him to the vet because those are some of the signs of an allergic reaction.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Let’s go over some of the most FAQ. It’s important to take everything into consideration, not only to educate ourselves but other dog owners also.
What is the Nutritional Value* of a Tomato?
This is a nutritional value of raw tomato; we have not included canned tomatoes since they are not healthy for the dogs.
· 18.0 Calories.
· 0.7 Grams of Dietary Fiber.
· 2.0 mg. of Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
· 42.0 mg. of Omega-6 Fatty Acids.
· 0.9 grams of Protein.
· 2.5 grams of Sugar.
· 4.0 grams of Carbohydrate.
· 489 IU of Vitamin A.
· 22.8 mg. of Vitamin C.
· 0.6 mg. of Vitamin E.
· 2.8 mcg of Vitamin K.
· 6.9 mg. of Choline.
· 13.0 mcg. of Folate.
· 0.5 mg. of Niacin.
· 0.1 mg of Vitamin B6.
· 11.0 mg. of Calcium.
· 0.7 mg. of Iron.
· 9.0 mg. of Magnesium.
· 28.0 mg. of Phosphorus.
· 218 mg. of Potassium.
· 11.0 mg of Sodium.
· 0.1 mg. of Manganese.
· 9.0 mg. of Phytosterols.
· 94.3 grams of Water.
*per 100 grams
What Dosage is Healthy?
It depends on the size of the dog. For smaller breeds it is recommended not more than one small tomato a week, cut into tiny slices. For bigger breeds one big, or two smaller red tomatoes a week. If your doggie tries red tomatoes for the first time, offer him just a slice or two, so you could check his stomach reaction to them.
What are the Symptoms** of an Allergic Reaction?
Dogs are not usually allergic to tomatoes, however, it does happen. If you notice these symptoms contact vet and stop feeding your dog tomatoes:
· Itching skin.
· Paw Licking.
· Red ear skin.
· Growling stomach.
**These are the most common examples, please contact your local vet if you have noticed anything unusual, even if we didn’t list it above.
Conclusion: Can I Give My Dog Tomatoes?
They can if they are not allergic, puppies, have easily upset stomach or some other digestive issues. Dogs should only have a red ripe tomato as an occasional treat, and only if you have removed stems, leaves and roots from them, since they are highly toxic, just like green tomatoes.
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