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Are grilled tomatoes harmful for my dog to eat?

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Are grilled tomatoes harmful for my dog to eat?

July 11, 2013

Q: My 12-year-old Chihuahua just age four grilled cherry tomatoes. Should I take her to the vet?

A: No, cherry tomatoes -- or tomatoes in general -- are not toxic to dogs.

Ripe tomatoes are not toxic. The vines and green foliage do contain the alkaloid solanine, and hence can be a problem to grazing animals. The green tomatoes may contain small amounts of toxin, too.

If she has a sensitive stomach, she may develop some vomiting or diarrhea. If that happens, you can give her 1 tsp of Pepto Bismol every 8 hours.

Also, if she has an upset stomach, withhold all food until vomiting or diarrhea has stopped.

-- Answer from Dr. Gabby, a veterinarian on JustAnswer.

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