In general, dogs should not eat tomatoes as there is a risk of poisoning. It is better to choose an alternative vegetable. However, if you find that it is an irreplaceable treat for your dog, it is possible to safely give your dog a tomato. However, care should be taken when doing so and the vegetable should be chosen in the right way.
Tomatoes for your dog. Which tomatoes can you give to your dog?
The most important rule is to choose a fully ripe tomato, without any green parts: stalks and leaves. We must also be wary of additives such as salt or spices – these are naturally not recommended for your dog. We should also have a reliable source, as store-bought tomatoes can contain chemicals, pesticides and the like.
When are tomatoes harmful to dogs?
The green parts of the tomato, as well as the unripe green tomato itself, can be dangerous for your dog. They contain a compound called solanine. Solanine in small amounts should not cause harm, but in too large a dose it can cause poisoning and the accompanying symptoms.
Symptoms of tomato poisoning in a dog:
- abnormal heart function,
- gastrointestinal distress,
- and others.
If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your vet.
Dogs should also not be given store-bought products made from tomatoes, such as purees, etc. These contain preservatives, salt and spices that can be harmful to your dog.
Before giving your dog a ripe tomato, you should also make sure that your dog is not allergic. As with other fruits and vegetables, there is a risk of food allergy in your dog.
Can tomatoes be healthy for your dog?
Tomatoes can be added to your dog’s diet in small quantities and with care. They are rich in nutrients. They contain fibre to aid digestion. Vitamins A and C, good for the eyes and skin. Tomatoes are also a source of minerals such as folic acid and potassium, which have a positive effect on muscles and blood pressure.