Yes or No: Can My Dog Eat Tomatoes?

“My dog eats tomatoes! What should I do?” That’s what I’ve been hearing more and more in my dog-walking and dog-training business. And my answer to that question is: “Yes, your dog can eat tomatoes.” Why? Well, tomatoes contain lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant. That’s a good thing for your dog, and for you. But there’s more to it than that. Here are the dangers, effects, benefits and how to about feeding your dog tomatoes.

The Dangers of Tomatoes for Your Dog

So, your dog can eat tomatoes, but the possible risks of Tomatoes for Dogs are pretty serious. There are two main risks that are almost certainly going to be brought up: It causes kidney damage in dogs: that’s just what happened to Pickles, who died from kidney failure after eating the aforementioned treat, or 4 years after she ate a small amount of a tomato. Other dogs have died from eating large amounts of tomatoes. Dogs can get kennel cough from tomatoes: I know a cat-rescue group in the San Francisco Bay Area that lost about 30 of their dogs because of that. For humans, drinking lemon juice (tomato or not) will get you out of the bathroom faster, but I’m not sure that that’s an effective preventive for vomiting.

Effects of Tomatine Consumption on Dogs

Because tomatoes are a good source of lycopene, we’re going to focus on the side effects and advantages of tomatoes on dogs. Dogs have varying degrees of sensitivity to tomato products and should be avoided if they are experiencing redness, swelling, or any other signs of discomfort. (We’ll get into more specific reactions in a moment.) Because we’re dealing with dogs, we need to be careful about applying all the information we gather to all dogs, not just the high-risk ones. (That would be super-interesting and we have no time for it, remember?) Now we just want to give you as much accurate information as possible. Please bear with us and join us in our exploration of all things tomato. Effects on Dogs The most basic of all information is that dogs love tomatoes.

The Benefits of Feeding Your Dog Tomatoes

First, tomatoes are great for dogs because they’re a good source of vitamin C and carotenoids. In addition to lycopene, tomatoes also contain beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Your dog needs the antioxidants in tomatoes to maintain good vision, vision that is good enough to run after cats or squirrels. In fact, when you add up all the nutrients in tomatoes, they surpass the levels of antioxidants in beef. Plus, tomatoes are also a good source of folic acid, which is good for strong bones. So, for starters, your dog can eat tomatoes because they’re a superfood. Your dog can also eat tomatoes because their taste is very similar to beef. You can pair tomatoes with beef and make a delicious recipe like beef stir-fry or goulash.

How to Serve Your Dog Tomatoes

If your dog’s owner or someone you know hand-feeds your dog a tomato and he/she is still healthy, that doesn’t mean he/she can’t eat any tomatoes. And it also doesn’t mean he/she can’t eat multiple tomatoes, too. The main reason your dog should not eat tomatoes is because the oral pH is high enough to burn the eyes, mouth, skin and internal organs of your dog. This is not good for your dog’s health. But you should still keep serving your dog multiple tomatoes in addition to his other food. But there’s a simple way to serve your dog tomatoes without burning his eyes, mouth, skin or internal organs: Don’t serve your dog tomato slices! Why? Well, if you serve tomato slices to your dog, you are basically putting pure tomato paste on top of raw steak, meat, pork, chicken or fish.