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Can Dogs Eat Tomatoes?

Can Dogs Eat Tomatoes?

Tomatoes are one of the most versatile foods out there - they make everything from sandwiches to salads to sauces better. It would definitely make your dog happy to eat one, too. So what's the deal - can dogs eat tomatoes?

CAN DOGS EAT TOMATOES?

For the most part, yes - dogs can eat tomatoes. With that said, however, it's important to understand the risks associated with them to make sure you feed them to your dog safely. It's also important to note that as with most foods, some dogs may be allergic to tomatoes, so if your dog is experiencing digestive problems after eating them, it's a good idea to stop feeding them to him and see if those issues go away.

There are lots of varieties of tomatoes, from Beefeater to Cherry to Roma. While each is a little different, for the most part they're all about the same when it comes to giving them to your dog. While they have different flavor profiles and appearances, they all have roughly the same nutritional value and carry the same risks, so you don't have to get any particular variety for your pup (unless he's an extremely picky eater).

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ARE TOMATOES GOOD FOR DOGS?

Tomatoes are rich with nutrients that are good for dogs. They have high amounts of lycopene, which helps dogs grow strong bones and reduces the risk of heart disease. They also have both vitamin A and vitamin C, which are antioxidants. Finally, they are high in both potassium and beta-carotene, both of which are good for your pup.

RISKS OF GIVING TOMATOES TO DOGS

Tomatoes are part of the nightshade family of vegetables (along with tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and eggplant). This means that they product a compound called solanine, which is harmful to dogs, particularly in large quantities. That's the bad news; the good news is that in tomatoes solanine is concentrated in the leaves and stem, so it's definitely avoidable. The other thing to watch out for is unripe tomatoes, which contain relatively high amounts of solanine. 

If a dog does ingest too much solanine, he will suffer from tomatine poisoning, so if he eats a stem or some leaves, keep an eye out for the signs. These include gastrointestinal issues, muscle weakness, loss of coordination, tremors and seizures. If you notice any of these or have any other concerns, call your vet right away. While the prognosis for tomatine poisoning is usually good, these symptoms can also be indicators of other, more serious problems, so it's best to leave the diagnosis up to a professional.

HOW TO PREPARE TOMATOES FOR DOGS

 

 

There's no need to do much to prepare tomatoes for dogs. If you'd like, you're welcome to cook them (as long as you don't use salt or anything else that'll turn them into an unhealthy snack), but they're perfectly fine raw as well. It is best to cut a tomato up before giving it to your dog, just to make sure she doesn't get a whole tomato stuck in her throat. 

If you buy your tomatoes from the store, you should make sure to give them a wash before you feed them to your dog (or eat them yourself), as they may have been sprayed with pesticides when they were grown.

You should also avoid feeding your dog tomato-based foods like tomato sauce, as many of those will contain other ingredients like onions that should be kept away from dogs. 

SO CAN DOGS EAT TOMATOES?

 

Dogs can eat mature tomatoes that have had their leaves and rinds removed - just remember, as long as there's no green in sight, tomatoes make a wonderful snack.

Can Dogs Eat Bananas?

Can Dogs Eat Bananas?

Bananas are one of the healthiest foods out there for humans - they're packed with all manner of important nutrients to keep people healthy and full of energy. But how about dogs? Can (and should) our four-legged friends eat them?

CAN DOGS EAT BANANAS?

Dogs can absolutely eat bananas - in fact, they're often recommended by veterinarians and other professionals as an ideal snack for your pup. They're not all upside, though - one of the reasons they're so delicious is because they have relatively high sugar content, and that's not good for dogs.

ARE BANANAS GOOD FOR DOGS?

Bananas have lots of vitamins, particularly B6 and C, and they're also extremely high in potassium and magnesium. Potassium boosts muscle growth, increases metabolism and can even improve the cognitive function of your dog. It also promotes healthy bones and teeth (alongside calcium and phosphorous) and helps to keep organs like the kidneys, live and heart functioning well. Magnesium promotes healthy bone growth and also helps dogs absorb vitamins and produce protein.

The other big benefit to bananas for dogs is fiber - they have lots of it, and it's good for your dog's digestion.

POTENTIAL NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF GIVING BANANAS TO DOGS

The biggest potential issue with bananas is sugar - they have a substantial amount of it, and it's not great for dogs. That said, this shouldn't stop you from giving them to your pup; just make sure you do so in moderation. Too much sugar can lead to weight gain, and it's important to make sure your dog maintains a healthy weight.

CAN DOGS EAT BANANA PEELS?

While eating banana peels likely won't do any serious harm to your pup, it's still not a great idea to feed them to dogs. They're not toxic, but they contain a high amount of fiber that can make them tough to digest. If you've got a dog that tends to wolf down food, the peel can also get stuck in their throat, or if they're able to get it down whole, they may vomit it back out later. If your dog accidentally steals a peel, just make sure he doesn't choke on it. 

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WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO FEED BANANAS TO DOGS?

As long as you don't overdo it, your dog can eat bananas in any form you like. A few pieces here and there as treats are great, especially if you smear a little peanut butter on there for some extra protein (and flavor). If you want to make that banana last a little longer, mash it up and shove it into a Kong or other stuffable toy and freeze it. If you want, you can even puree some banana and add it to your Pupsicle Mix. You can also freeze a banana whole and then cut it into nice crunch frozen banana ice cubes. 

SO CAN DOGS EAT BANANAS?

They most certainly can. Just make sure your dogs eat bananas in moderation, so they don't have any negative effects from the relatively high sugar content. 

 

Can Dogs Eat Yogurt?

Can Dogs Eat Yogurt?

Here at Cooper's Treats, we've spent lots of time dabbling with a whole host of different ingredients for our treats. From dairy to eggs to fruits to meats, if it's out there and a dog might enjoy it, we've tried it.

That is, of course, as long as they're safe. We do extensive research on everything that we even consider putting into our treats. Since there's some confusion out there about what's okay for dogs to eat and what's not, we thought we might help out by sharing some of what we found.

We're going to do a series of posts on different foods over the course of the next few months, and the first up is yogurt. We hope they'll be helpful! If you have any questions about what to feed your dog, you're always welcome to drop us a line.

CAN DOGS EAT YOGURT?

As for the big question - can dogs eat yogurt - the answer is yes, though some kinds of yogurt are much better than others. Yogurt itself isn't toxic and indeed can have a number of health benefits. That said, many yogurts, such as those that are flavored with large amounts of sugar, aren't good for your pooch.

IS YOGURT GOOD FOR DOGS?

Yogurt has significant amounts of calcium and protein, both of which are great for dogs. Calcium is an essential mineral that supports both teeth and bone health. It also helps their blood clot properly and supports essential cellular processes. A lack of calcium can lead to bone and joint problems such as stress fractures, lethargy and issues with growth, particularly for young dogs.

Protein is key to your dog's health - the amino acids in protein help with everything from muscle development and tissue repair to immune responses and healthy skin and hair. For all of these reasons and more, we always try to pack as much protein into every one of our treats as possible!

Yogurt can also contain probiotics, which can help dogs with digestion. They also aid the immune system and slow the growth of potentially harmful bacteria in dogs.
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POTENTIAL NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF YOGURT IN DOGS

While yogurt contains a number of positive ingredients that can benefit your dog, it comes with some potential issues as well. The main one is that all yogurt has lactose in it, which adult dogs' bodies are not designed to digest.

Because of this, consuming lactose, especially large amounts, can lead to digestive issues including gas (and we all know how bad dog gas can be), diarrhea and vomiting.

Additionally, many yogurts contain xylitol, an artificial sweetener, that should never be given to dogs as it is toxic. Always double check any food product you give your dog to make sure it is xylitol-free.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING YOGURT FOR YOUR DOG

It is always best to avoid flavored and sweetened yogurts. Some of these contain xylitol, which as mentioned above is toxic to dogs, but even those that don't typically contain sugar, which your dog definitely should not eat. You should also certainly avoid yogurts flavored with ingredients that dogs should not eat, such as grapes.

So if you're out there looking for yogurt, go for plain flavors. We also recommend Greek-style yogurt, as this tends to contain less lactose than regular yogurt.

SO CAN DOGS EAT YOGURT?

In general, the answer is yes, but it definitely depends on what kind of yogurt. Can dogs eat Greek yogurt? If it's unflavored, absolutely. Can dogs eat vanilla yogurt? Can dogs eat strawberry yogurt? Unfortunately the answer to both of those is that they likely contain too much sugar (or unhealthy and potentially toxic artificial sweeteners) to be good. If your dog is extra sensitive to lactose, though, even plain yogurt may be best to avoid. 

Either way, it's best to start with small amounts of yogurt and monitor your dog for digestive issues such as gas or diarrhea, to make sure that you're not causing your pup any discomfort.