As a dog parent, you’ve probably wondered, “what foods are safe for my dog?”. Luckily, many human foods are safe in moderation for dogs, and they can even make for a special treat for your furry friend. Tomatoes make for a delicious addition on a sandwich, salad, or pizza, but are they safe for dogs?
Are tomatoes safe for dogs?
The answer; is yes and no. Fully-ripened tomatoes are fine in moderation and are a good source of fiber. But, it’s essential to remember that tomatoes are part of the nightshade family which can contain toxins harmful to dogs (and even humans). To learn more about the risks of nightshade plants, click here. Unripe tomatoes are not safe for dogs to eat, as they contain Solanine and Tomatine, which can cause your dog to experience Tomatine poisoning.
What is tomatine poisoning?
When your dog eats a large amount of unripe tomatoes or stems/leaves of the tomato plant, which contain toxins, it can cause tomato poisoning. While it’s rare for dogs to consume enough tomato to cause this reaction, it can cause serious reactions such as muscle weakness, seizures, diarrhea, and more. Small dogs are more susceptible to tomatine poisoning since it takes less of the tomato to cause a reaction.
Overall, ripe tomatoes are okay for dogs to eat, but it might be best to avoid them altogether. Other, safer foods are able to give your dogs equal amount of nutrients without the risk of tomatine poisoning.