Whenever we give our pets a new treat, it’s crucial to consider how it will benefit our pet’s health. Finding treats that also serve as daily nutritional supplements is one great way to ensure our pets are happy, healthy and on the right track nutritionally. Tomatoes are rich in nutrients that are good for dogs if consumed in appropriate quantities. They’re low in calories and high in fiber, which is good for digestion. Tomatoes are low in calories and high in fiber, which is good for digestion. They also contain lycopene, which can reduce the risk of heart disease and promote strong bones; beta-carotene, which can improve cognition; vitamin A, which helps with vision; and vitamin C, which is good for skin.
They also have minerals such as folate and potassium, which help with blood pressure and muscle health. Tomatoes contain a number of nutritional components that are beneficial to dogs. Tomatoes rank among the top 4 fruits on a list of human foods suitable for canines, alongside bananas, spinach and apples. But there is something you need to know about tomatoes that should concern readers who have dogs: dogs cannot ingest tomato leaves, stems and unripe fruit with no problem because it contains an alkaloid called glycoalkaloid solanine, which accumulates in these areas and at high levels could be toxic to your dog’s red blood cells. This makes ripe fruit safe for dogs provided they consume it in food prepared specifically with dog nutrition in mind; still, fresh tomatoes are better when compared to processed ones.
Tomatoes make for a great occasional healthy snack that most dogs will be lucky to get, but they have to be used in moderation. Your dog may benefit from some tomatoes on occasion, such as when they’re looking for an enrichment treat or are bored, but you should avoid loading up your dog with too many servings of this nutritious fruit so as not upset the balance of nutrients already present in their diet. Excessive amounts can also lead to indigestion and stomach upsets, particularly when your dog has gastrointestinal issues like gastroenteritis and needs to steer clear of this delicious but oftentimes rough fruit.
Are Tomatoes Poisonous for Dogs?
Toxic Tomatine in Tomato Plants
There is a potentially toxic substance found in ripe tomatoes – called tomatine. This toxin can be harmful when consumed in large quantities. However, unripe tomatoes contain slightly more tomatine and ripe tomatoes contain such a small amount that, even if your pet consumed far more than you intended – it’s probably not really cause for concern. The most tomatine is located in the tomato plant itself, especially in the flowers, stems, leaves and stalk. It contain an alkaloid called atropine which is poisonous when taken in large doses. A large amount of atropine to cause illness or even death in animals, especially cats. However, the amount of atropine in tomatoes is very low and unlikely to cause any harm
Even so, the flowers, stems and leaves of the tomato plant Don’t present much of a threat to dogs. The likelihood of a dog consuming enough of the plant to cause serious harm is very slim. Mild gastrointestinal upset is probably what would happen if your dog were to consume quite a bit of tomato greenery, as opposed to severe complications that could result from ingesting brewed tea made from certain parts of the tomato plant like its roots and unripen green fruit. This is why we would want you to consult with your veterinarian if your pet manages to consume large amounts of tomatoes in one sitting as this could be a sign that they are allergic or have an intolerance (possibly even chemical burns) and you should seek professional advice immediately so you can take proper steps towards treatment.
Health Benefits of Tomatoes for Dogs?
One of the most important things in life is to maintain a healthy diet. As we all are aware, there are many things that can make us fat such as unhealthy foods and other bad habits like skipping meals. These days, we have realized that tomatoes are not poisonous for dogs. But actually the opposite is true! Tomatoes can be very beneficial for your dog’s health especially because it is loaded with fiber. The pomace form contains more fiber than whole tomatoes since the liquid is removed from the pomace, leaving behind only the fibrous parts of the fruit. Fiber helps to support healthy digestion and also helps with maintaining a dog’s steady blood sugar levels.
Tomatoes Contain Essential Vitamins
Tomatoes contain antioxidants and several important vitamins and minerals, like potassium, vitamin C and vitamin K. The amount of these nutrients in the tomato or tomato pomace will depend heavily on the quality of the fruit. Fiber helps to support healthy digestion and also helps with maintaining a dog’s steady blood sugar levels. Potent in vitamins such as A, B12, and C, they aid in the minimization of harmful oxidation throughout the body while delivering a host of minerals such as potassium, chromium and more. Truly an unappreciated fruit, tomatoes should be included a lot more often in diets.
Lycopene: reduces risk of heart disease and stroke, promotes strong, healthy bones, aids in cancer prevention.
Beta-carotene: wards off metabolic syndrome and improves cognition.
Vitamin C: improves immune response and reduces risk of cardiovascular disease.
Potassium: promotes healthy blood pressure, nerves and muscles.
Vitamin A: aids in good eyesight.
Fiber: ensures healthy digestion.
Vitamins C and A: maintains healthy skin and supports faster wound healing.
Side Effects of Tomatoes for Dogs?
There are toxins in the green parts of tomato plants, including stems, vines and even some unripen tomatoes. They’re generally not toxic at a small percent but eating a lot of them can be harmful for dogs. This is a concern for pet owners whose tomatoes are growing in the garden. You will want to avoid allowing your dog near those plants as unripen or green tomatoes contain poisonous chemicals that can be harmful to them. The most common sign of tomato poisoning in dogs is gastrointestinal upset, but dogs may also suffer from vomiting, diarrhea, drowsiness and confusion. If you suspect your dog has been exposed to tomatoes either directly or indirectly, get to the vet immediately.
A product that contains tomatoes, for example an animal-based sauce, is potentially harmful for dogs. This may be regrettable because a product might contain salt or artificial ingredients that are bad for canines. Products that are made from wheat or grain are typically fine to give to your dog. With so many products on store shelves today, your best way to be certain that your dog is getting healthy, tasty meals is to include whole natural ingredients and make them yourself. Try making a batch of biscuits with some meat in them. You can even throw in some brown rice if you wish. It’s important not to overdo it, but if you give small portions of these items every now and then, it shouldn’t cause serious harm. However, if your dog ingests this food – in its whole or chopped form, raw or cooked – he may develop an allergic reaction. The severity varies from dog to dog. In some cases allergy symptoms occur which can be quite serious: for example, mild swelling at the back of the throat and mouth, sneezing and coughing, red eyes, vomiting and diarrhea may occur. If you see symptoms of an allergic reaction in your pooch after feeding him with tomatoes collect a sample or two of vomiting or diarrhea (if present) for analysis by your veterinarian – who will then be able to confirm that tomatoes were the cause.
Some dogs have medical conditions, like acid reflux or gastrointestinal issues that tomatoes may aggravate. It’s always best to ask your vet before feeding them any new kinds of food to make sure they can safely eat it.