You’re eating your favorite tomato dish and accidently spill some of it the floor. Fido races to the casualty and happily cleans up the mess. Oh no! Tomatoes!
Many people have heard that tomatoes are toxic to dogs. This is untrue. If your dog eats tomatoes, he or she will be okay.
Why Tomatoes Aren’t Bad for Dogs
Tomatoes have alpha-tomatine. This substance can be harmful to dogs in extremely large quantities. Tomatoes do not have enough of this substance to make your dog ill.
The leaves and stems of tomato plants have a lot more alpha-tomatine in them, but even though it’s more concentrated, it’s still not enough to make Fido fatally ill. Fido would have to eat a tremendous amount of leaves and stems to cause toxicity.
What May Happen to Tomato Eating Dogs
Tomatoes are acidic and a dog’s intestinal tract has a difficult time absorbing the alph-tomatine, which can end up causing a dog some discomfort. Some dogs will vomit or just be sluggish after eating tomatoes due to an upset stomach. It’s best to give dogs with an upset stomach a lot of love and cuddling. This will make them feel much better until their stomach follows suit.
It is important to note, though, that dog with arthritic conditions should not eat tomatoes as they can make their condition worse. Tomatoes mess with calcium absorption and tend to make joint problems worse. It is the same for humans.
Takeaways for Tomatoes and Dogs
The good news is that you have nothing to worry about if your dog ingests tomatoes. You can be rest assured he will be okay. If he ends up in a tomato patch and eats a lot of leaves and stems, then you should probably take him into the veterinarian office for an evaluation just to be sure he doesn’t need any medical care.