The short answer: Yes and no.
The long answer: Ripe and unprocessed tomatoes can be eaten by your dog, but he shouldn’t be fed the leaves, stems, or raw fruit because of a toxin called solanine. If high amounts of this toxin is ingested, it can result in gastrointestinal upset, increased heart rate, and/or loss of coordination.
How to feed tomatoes to your dog: Check to see if your tomatoes are ripe, and wash them thoroughly before slicing them. Remove the stems and leaves and dispose of them properly. Instead of raw tomatoes, give your dog cooked tomato chunks since this changes the vegetable’s properties. Tomatoes are known to be a common ingredient in some commercially sold dog food. However, keep in mind that you shouldn’t feed your dog cooked tomatoes mixed with any sauces, oils, or herbs.
Here are three ideas for tomato treats your dog will love:
- Place melted cheese over ripe tomatoes and serve them warm for that extra gooey factor!
- Bake energy-packed wheat and tomato biscuits for your good boy.
- Add freshly pureed ripe tomatoes to your dog’s meaty meal.
In summary: Vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, folate, and lycopene are just some of the nutrients your dog can get from occasionally snacking on ripe tomatoes. Discover which fruits and vegetables dogs can safely eat in our “can dogs eat” category.