Although there’s a risk of poisoning if fed too much, cherry tomatoes (in small amounts) make for some healthy snacks for your dog. They also provide certain health benefits like a reduced risk of cancer, better vision, and diabetes management. So if tomatoes are a safe bet, what about cherry tomatoes? Can Dogs Eat Cherry Tomatoes Safely? The answer to that question is basically the same as that for tomatoes: Yes, dogs can eat cherry tomatoes in small amounts! But in large amounts, the red fruits/vegetables can lead to some severe adverse situations
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What Are Cherry Tomatoes?
According to the Cambridge World History of Food, Volume 1, cherry tomatoes, scientifically Solanum lycopersicum var. cerasiforme, are believed to be the direct ancestor of modern tomatoes. They’re also the only wild tomatoes found outside South America. They range in size from the size of a thumb tip to that of a golf ball, and can come in both spherical and slightly oblong shapes. Similarly, cherry tomatoes also come in a range of colors including yellow, green, and black. However, as you’d expect, red is the most common color.
Can Dogs Eat Cherry Tomatoes?
Yes, cherry tomatoes are safe for canine consumption. However, many people would advise against giving your dog cherry tomatoes as they can be harmful in large amounts. Like with tomatoes, cherry tomatoes are also a part of the nightshade family. Nightshades, also known as the Solanaceae, is a family of plants, most of which are toxic. They’re known to have multiple potent alkaloids, that can harm animals even at low doses. Among them, the alkaloids present in cherry tomatoes are solanine and tomatine. Since the doses of the two alkaloids in cherry tomatoes isn’t too high, one tomato or two won’t hurt your dog. However, constant consumption can lead to disastrous consequences.
Symptoms of Tomato Poisoning in Dogs
If you’re dog has had too many cherry tomatoes, they’re likely to show the following symptoms:
- Gastrointestinal upset
- Loss of appetite
- Cardiac effects etc.
If you notice these signs or anything similar, contact your vet. They’ll help your pup out and let you know if the root of the problem really was cherry tomatoes.
Can Cherry Tomatoes Be Bad for Dogs?
In small amounts, no. If your dog loves cherry tomatoes, giving them a few cherry tomatoes once in a while won’t hurt. The problem arises when your dog frequently consumes them. The increased concentration of tomatine can severely harm your dog.
Similarly, the green, leafy part of cherry tomatoes, their unripe fruit and even the foliage contain solanine. Thus, your pup chomping on any of these could lead to solanine poisoning. Even in humans, there have been multiple cases of solanine poisoning that have led to casualties. So, it would be wise to keep your dog away from your cherry tomato plant if there’s one growing in your garden.
The size of cherry tomatoes also poses a risk in dogs. Since they’re so small, your dog might not properly chew on the tomatoes and directly gulp it down. This leaves a high risk of choking. Due to these reasons, many people choose not to give their dogs cherry tomatoes at all.
How to Feed Your Dog Cherry Tomatoes
Although not 100% safe, there are owners who give their dogs cherry tomatoes. Of course, there are dogs who seem to love chomping on these tomatoes too. So, if you’d like to give your dog some to see if they’d like it, here are some tips to feed cherry tomatoes to your dog:
- Remember to only use ripe tomatoes.
- Thoroughly wash the tomatoes to remove dirt and pesticides.
- Cut off all the greens.
- Chop them into smaller pieces to make them easier to swallow for your pup. You can also try mashing them.
- Always start off with a very tiny serving. If your dog seems to like it, you can give them more next time.
In a nutshell, yes dogs can eat cherry tomatoes, but only in small amounts. Do note that for queries like these, your vet is the most reliable source. Remember to get their opinion before feeding your pooch some cherry tomatoes or any other human food. Don’t forget to keep your pup away from all tomato foliage and unripe fruits. After you’re done letting your canine munch on some juicy tomatoes, remember to come back and leave a comment to let us know how it went.
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