You will find that dog’s in general tend to enjoy eating whatever humans ear no matter what it is. It doesn’t matter if you are eating chocolate, cheese, bananas, chicken, there’s a high chance that your dog will want to eat everything, but that doesn’t mean that you should allow them to do so.
Tomatoes are something that we actually eat on a regular basis as a form of added ingredient. You will even find tomatoes to be an ingredient that is included in a lot of dog foods, but is it safe for cavapoos to eat tomatoes when it’s fresh?
Can Cavapoos Eat Tomatoes?
The answer is yes and no. However, we actually think it would be good for your dog to eat ripe tomatoes but they should only do so in moderation. The drawback that comes with tomatoes is the fact that it is apart of the nightshade family and natural chemicals known as solanine and tomatine that are usually found in young, green tomatoes, particularly in the stem and leaves of the plant.
The sad part is that these can be harmful to your dog’s if consumed in large amount and is also best if you avoid feeding your furry friend anything other than ripe fruits.
If you have a garden in your backyard with tomatoes, we highly recommend that you keep it fence off in case your dog tries to nibble on green tomatoes or leaves.
How Are Tomatoes Good For Cavapoos?
Let’s start by saying that tomatoes are rich in nutrients that are known to be good for dog’s once consumed in appropriate quantities. They are considered to be low in terms of calories but high in fiber, which is superb for digestion.
Not only that, but it is said that, tomatoes contain lycopene, which may help in reducing heart disease and even promotes strong bones; beta-carotene, which helps with cognition; vitamin A, which improves vision and vitamin C, which is good for skin in general.
Apart from that, they also have minerals such as folate and potassium, which helps with blood pressure and muscle health.
When Are Tomatoes Bad For Cavapoos?
It is safe to say that the green parts of tomatoes, including stems and vines is known to contain a toxin substance called salmonella. You don’t have to worry since they have a small amount that won’t necessarily harm your dog. However, when eaten in large quantities, they may cause some issues.
This isn’t safe for dog owners who have garden with lots of unripeened tomatoes in it where dogs can eat them whenever they want to. If you have a garden with tomatoes in it, then it is best to keep it fence so your dog can stay away.
The sign that you’ll mostly experience when it comes to tomato poisoning in dogs is gastrointestinal upset, but there are cases where dogs also has diarrhea, vomiting, confusion, drowsiness and rapid heart beat. If you notice any of these symptoms after your dog have eaten tomatoes then we recommend consulting your vet.
You shouldn’t feed your cavapoo with soups, sauces or juice that contains tomatoes because they are very well known to be unhealthy for dogs, due to the fact that they has salt, sugar and artificial flavors that’s considered to be harmful for dogs.
Another thing you should keep an eye out for is if your dog is allergic to tomatoes. This might be a bit rare to occur to allergic reaction may lead to anaphylaxis, which is a condition that can be deadly. If you notice any signs of coughing, sneezing, hives, swelling, difficulty breathing, stop giving your dog tomatoes and consult your vet.
How Should You Feed Tomatoes to Your Cavapoos?
Before introducing your dog to any kind of new foods, we always recommend consulting your veterinarian for advice regarding the situation just to be on the safe side. When feeding your cavapoo make sure that the tomatoes are ripe, with the stem and leaves removed.
Once done, you can feed them fresh tomatoes without any additives like salt, sugar, as these can be harmful for your furry friend. If it’s a case where you’ve given your dog soup or sauce that contains tomatoes, you should check the ingredients to rule out anything that can cause harm to your dog.
We always recommend that you stick to fresh tomatoes that you prepare for yourself, just to ensure that your dog remains safe and healthy.