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Can Dogs Eat Tomatoes? Read This Before You’re Red In The Face

Can Dogs Eat Tomatoes? Read This Before You’re Red In The Face

Written By Rebecca Paredes

Sep 29, 2016

Whether your dog has a persuasive begging face or you’re prone to dropping bowls of food on the floor, you’ve probably wondered, “Can dogs eat tomatoes?” Here’s the short answer: yes, dogs can eat tomatoes in moderation!

However, don’t let your pup loose in your garden just yet — you should always ask your vet any questions about your dog's diet. And while ripe tomatoes are great as an occasional treat, don’t let your dog chew on the leaves or stem. Here’s why.

Can dogs eat tomatoes? Make sure they’re ripe!

The tomato plant contains tomatine, a substance that is harmful to your doggo in large quantities. It’s mostly concentrated in the green parts of the plant: the stems, leaves, and unripe tomatoes.

It isn’t a huge deal if your pup took a few nibbles off a young tomato plant — a dog would need to consume a massive amount of tomatine to feel its effects. However, you should keep an eye out for tomatine poisoning, and call the Pet Poison Hotline (855-764-7661) immediately if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Poor coordination
  • Convulsions
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you grow tomatoes, keep your furry friend safe by fencing off your plants or keeping your garden in an area they can’t easily access.

Can dogs eat tomato sauce?

We know: you want to share your pizza with your dog. But before you give little Caesar a big bite of your pepperoni, you should know that onion and garlic are toxic for dogs — and most tomato sauces contain these ingredients for flavor.

Onion and garlic belong to the allium species of plants, which can cause damage to your dog’s red blood cells. It’s best to avoid the risk of toxicity altogether by keeping your doggo away from tomato sauce on principle, unless you know it was made without onions or garlic.

Can dogs eat cherry tomatoes?

Like carrots, tomatoes are high in sugar. A slice of ripe tomato is fine every once in awhile, but try not to make a regular habit out of it! If you’re worried about sugar content but want to give your pup a homegrown treat, cherry tomatoes are a great choice — they have significantly less sugar than regular tomatoes.

If you’re chowing down on a salad and want to reward Boots for being a good boy, tossing them a cherry tomato is perfectly okay. If you’re looking for even more inspiration, check out our homemade dog food infographic for easy recipes you can make in your slow cooker!

Does your dog like tomatoes? Tell us about your pup’s favorite healthy snacks in the comments below!