Can dogs eat tomatoes?
I thought all dogs love tomatoes, but I was recently informed that dogs absolutely despise tomatoes. I've never heard such nonsense before, and I've been feeding them tomatoes for about 3 months.
My dog ate 3-4 tomatoes last night, and after 3-4 hours she was still throwing up. I was so concerned about her, I took her to the vet yesterday. She's never thrown up a tomato before, but it seems she's an expert in tomato throwing. I also gave her a very bland diet of canned food (since I don't have much time to cook for her) and nothing else.
She's fine now, just very tired and thirsty. She seems fine this morning. But it is making me very worried! I've never had to worry about my dog eating something she's allergic to before. She's never eaten anything that has ever caused her trouble before.
What does everyone think? Can this happen? It seems to be a pretty mild reaction. She doesn't even seem very tired or weak. Should I be worried?
I've had a few friends and family members who have dog who would just absolutely refuse tomatoes, and we've always thought they were weird because they were the only dogs we know who would eat it. My first dog used to eat tomatoes just fine, but then she started getting very sick from them. She didn't like it, so she wouldn't eat it anymore, and she got sick a few times after eating it. She would sometimes eat them, and I'm sure she was allergic to them. Then a couple years ago I brought a kitten home with me. She's always been pretty much a picky eater, so she just didn't want to eat them at all.
The only dogs I know who don't like tomatoes is my sister's dog. The only tomatoes that have ever been thrown up by her was when I was feeding her out of a can and the can was full.
I think you have to feed the tomato to the dog on a plate, and I'm pretty sure I've heard of tomato allergy, because they do it to chickens, too. But you've got to be careful, because that will change the flavor of the food.
Just to add to the above post, my dogs love tomatoes and peppers. I can give them pretty much any kind of pepper I want (even bell peppers), and they eat it right up. They won't even bother with tomatoes. But they'll eat any kind of hot pepper they find around the house, so they know that they're not allergic. But I haven't heard of dogs being allergic to tomatoes, or that they throw up after eating them.
I have a friend who is a vet. She was telling me about this last night. It is a pretty serious thing. She told me that sometimes dogs get these types of allergies just by being in certain places or being exposed to certain kinds of food. There is no treatment. They will just continue to get sicker and worse until you figure out what it is that is upsetting their system. Then, once they figure it out, they are good again. But that is a long process.
I'm very sorry you are going through this.
We had a similar thing with one of our cats. I had given her some really fresh, homegrown tomatoes, but they were just too much for her to handle. The next day, I had tomatoes on my breakfast plate and she started puking. She wouldn't eat anything else for at least a week. We never figured out what it was, but I thought it was a really good clue about the food I was feeding her. After a while, she seemed to recover. We don't know if she's ever been truly, medically allergic to tomatoes, or just used to it.
In the summer, I will feed my dogs something like cucumbers to give them a little extra fiber, and then again in the winter, I'll give them a couple of ripe, fresh cherry tomatoes in their water bowl. I really only do that with cherry tomatoes because they don't go bad so quickly.
The vet told me that the tomato is a small, red fruit that tastes bitter, not sweet. Most dogs will eat the fruit as long as it's not too bitter.
I have a theory. We have 3 dogs. One of them used to like to chew on tomatoes (when we fed them). Then he stopped. Now when we feed them they throw it up. We do feed them plenty of food with no food in it, but I believe this is because they don't know what to do with the tomatoes. I think that he's had a lot of tomatoes in the past, and now is having a reaction to something else in it. I think that the tomatoes must have had some sort of toxin, and he ate it. If we fed them tomatoes and something else like tomatoes, they would eat it all up. So I try to not feed them that anymore. They will eat some of the things like celery and carrots but no more tomatoes.
I think there may be some truth in that. I have no clue what tomatoes may be a trigger for. My dog ate some once and within hours she was throwing up and had diarrhea. I was so mad at him because I was worried about what I was going to feed him for dinner! I didn't even know what could make him sick like that. So I made him a plain bag of raw meat and he ate it. That was his dinner that night. No tomato or any other fruit that I know of.
I think that sometimes a dog may not be exposed to a food all the time, and therefore doesn't develop a reaction. But it may be a small dose of the food that he never sees again that may cause him to become sick. Just a theory.
I would ask if the dog is having any reaction to other fruits or vegetables. My dog hates apples, peaches, bananas, and grapes. And she has never ever had a problem with melon. She will eat a green apple or a piece of celery or carrot or any fruit I make for her.