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What is Tomato Poisoning?

The tomato is commonly found in many homes and gardens. It is an ingredient in many of the foods we eat which leads us to develop a false sense of security of the safety of the plant. While the red, ripened tomato is indeed safe for dogs, any part of the plant that is green is not. Gastrointestinal upset is the most frequently seen symptom of tomato poisoning in dogs. If you witness your dog eat a green part of this plant, consult with your veterinarian. Upon arrival at the veterinarian’s office, supportive therapies will be administered to your pet in accordance with his needs. Most cases of toxicity have a good prognosis for a full recovery.

Many people assume the tomato is safe for their dog to eat since it is safe for humans to eat. This is not true. While the ripe tomato is considered safe, if your dog eats an unripe tomato or any foliage, he can develop symptoms of toxicity. If you know your dog ingested any green part of the tomato plant, contact your veterinarian.

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Symptoms of Tomato Poisoning in Dogs

The amount of the tomato plant your dog ingests will affect the rapidity of the onset of toxicity symptoms. Symptoms include

  • Hypersalivation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Gastrointestinal upset
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Confusion
  • Drowsiness
  • Behavioral change
  • Weakness
  • CNS depression
  • Dilated pupil
  • Abnormal heart rate

Typically, a large amount of the green parts of the tomato plant needs to be ingested to cause toxicity symptoms. However, if you have a small dog or puppy, it may only take a small amount to result in toxicity.

Types

There are different species of tomatoes, but all are similar in appearance. Tomatoes belong to the Solanine family and the genus Lycopersicon. People can grow their own tomatoes in a home garden, in a large field, or greenhouses. Tomatoes are used in many recipes, but usually the ripened fruit is used, not the green unripe fruit. If you plant the tomato in your garden, you will have to ensure your dog does not have access to the growing plant.

Causes of Tomato Poisoning in Dogs

The tomato plant produces the toxin solanine. Solanine mainly causes irritation of the stomach and intestinal lining resulting in gastrointestinal upset. The highest potency of the toxin is found in the unripe tomato and any part of the green foliage.

Diagnosis of Tomato Poisoning in Dogs

Your veterinarian will begin by performing a physical examination on your dog. This will allow her to assess his symptoms at present and note any abnormalities of his vitals. If your dog is drooling excessively or displaying other symptoms of oral pain, the veterinarian will take special care when examining his mouth to note any abnormalities. If your dog vomits while at the clinic, the veterinarian will examine the contents for any evidence as to what he ingested. If your dog is experiencing diarrhea, a fecal sample may be taken and tests performed to rule out internal parasites or bacterial overgrowth. 

Blood work will be performed to give the veterinarian a broad look as to how the internal organs are functioning. A complete blood count (CBC) and chemistry panel will provide the veterinarian with needed information for proper assessment. A packed cell volume (PCV) may also be performed to determine hydration status. If your veterinarian feels it is necessary, she may also perform a urinalysis for further evaluation of kidney function. 

If your dog is experiencing some type of cardiac related symptom, she may perform an ECG or to get a current reading of your dog’s pulse and to ensure each part of the heart is functioning properly. If you believe or witnessed your dog eating this plant, take a piece of it with you to the veterinarians. This will allow for proper identification of the plant your dog consumed and the toxin it contains.

Treatment of Tomato Poisoning in Dogs

If your dog is vomiting and having diarrhea, the veterinarian will begin administration of fluid therapy with electrolytes. This will treat any dehydration and prevent it from becoming more severe. It will also help the body flush the toxin out quicker.

Your dog will be kept on monitoring equipment until his heart returns to its normal function. This will provide the veterinarian with a constant display of his vitals, including his pulse, and will allow for quick intervention if his heart rate were to suddenly change. If your dog’s heart rate is abnormal or part of his heart is malfunctioning, the veterinarian may administer medications to counteract these abnormalities. 

Your veterinarian may induce vomiting in your dog to get him to expel any remaining pieces of the tomato plant from the stomach. If the vomit is clear and unsuccessful at producing any plant remnants, she may administer activated charcoal to bind any remaining toxin in the gastrointestinal tract before the body absorbs it. If your dog is experiencing any type of behavioral or mood change, the veterinarian will keep him in a quiet place to keep him calm. This will avoid any unnecessary excitement or accidental bodily harm.

Recovery of Tomato Poisoning in Dogs

If you believe your dog ingested any green part of the tomato plant, alert your veterinarian as soon as possible. Since tomato plant toxicity may be considered mild to moderate, prognosis of a full recovery is good. If your dog experiences the most commonly seen symptoms related to gastrointestinal upset, he will recover very well with the addition of supportive therapies such as fluids. If your dog is experiencing more severe symptoms or acting abnormally, veterinary intervention is needed. Once the toxin from this plant makes its way out of your dog’s system, he should recover without long term side effects. 

If you are growing the tomato plant anywhere in or around your home, keep it away from your dog. If it is in a pot, keep it off the ground and out of the reach of your dog. If you are growing this plant in your garden, put fencing around it so that your dog is not tempted to chew on it. While toxicity is rare, it can still occur, especially if you have a puppy or curious dog that likes to chew on foliage. Keeping the temptation away from your dog and preventing toxicity from occurring is the best thing you can do for him.

Tomato Poisoning Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Dallas
Labrador Retriever
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
Salivation

I had noticed my dog snooping around in the garden, but thought he was chasing grasshoppers. He has been salivating, licking his chops more than normal, and vomited once, but there was nothing obvious in the vomit. Then today I saw several whole green cherry tomatoes (and ripe tomato skin) in his poop. Otherwise, it was a normal consistency. Now I'm not really sure how many he's eaten. Behavior and appetite are normal.

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Molly
Schnoodle
8 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Off food
mild lethargy

Hail storm knocked some small green tomatoes *smaller then cherry. Dog has eaten a few I'm guessing. She is kinda off her food...which for her is very strange as she is food orientated. No vomiting or any other symptoms. Should I be worried.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Unripe tomatoes will contain solanine which may result in some gastrointestinal symptoms including loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhoea; however when large amounts are consumed increases in heart rate, depression and dilated pupils may be seen. If there is no improvement or you’re generally concerned visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chewie
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
2 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

My 2 year old cavalier dog might have eaten some of my dead tomato plant. I don’t know how much he ingested but he was definitely chewing on it. He doesn’t have any symptoms yet. But should I take him to the vet anyway?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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That small amount of tomato plant should not be enough to cause a toxicity, as a fair amount of the plant needs to be eaten to be a problem. It would be a good idea, however, to keep a close eye on Chewie for any signs of drooling, vomiting, restlessness, or dilated pupils, and have him seen by your veterinarian if he is showing any of those signs.

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spots
Australian Cattle Dog and boxer
4 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

brown pee
never walks
throws up hourly
no sleep
unformed poo

dog ate a green tomato and a flower of diner table and he has not eaten in 2 and a half days he won't sleep he throws up all the time and he just lays down when we call him. also he has unformed feces with chunks. also has brown pee

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure if Spots's problems are related to the tomato, or the flower, but he definitely needs to see a veterinarian. The problems that you are describing could be very serious, and he may need testing or treatment to help him get over this problem. It would be best to have him seen tonight at your nearest 24 hour clinic.

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Lucky
Pomeranian
6 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Uncoordinated
Vomiting
Lethargy
Sleepy

My dog ate a small handful of “dead” tomato vegetation and about an 8 inch piece of live vegetation. About an hour after he was whining and uncoordinated. He fell over a couple times and was nodding off (lethargic).
He had a seizure and a few small tremors.
He is 7 lbs 8 ozs and 6 months old.
He has vomited (smelled AWFUL), I saw the greenery. And he is resting now.
Will this work itself out?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
If Lucky consumed enough to cause a seizure, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination as well as supportive and symptomatic care; the majority of tomato poisoning cases result in some gastrointestinal upset but in this case you should visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.akc.org/expert-advice/nutrition/natural-foods/can-dogs-eat-tomatoes/ www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/tomato-plant/

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Daisy
Great Dane
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Lethargy
Vomiting

I'm pretty sure our dog has ingested some tomatoes plants. She has been vomiting the past 24 hrs. She also has diarrhea. She has not ate any food since yesterday morning. She is letharigc and mopey. She is a 130 lb Great Dane. 5.5 years old. Do we just need to let this pass through or bring her to a vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
Most cases of tomato plant poisoning will pass with time, dogs usually do not consume a significant quantity to cause a toxicity event; however, green tomatoes and the green parts of the plant in general will cause severe stomach ache which at this point you would need to let pass. Not eating for 24 hours isn’t a big concern, sometime we recommend owners withhold food for around 48 hours in some gastrointestinal disorders to help ‘reset’ the stomach. Give it a day, but if there isn’t any improvement in Daisy’s condition, it gets worse or she may have consumed something else, visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucy
Morkie
8 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

I have three animals that may have ingested 5 to 6 cherry tomatoes that were store bought on the vine. The big stem part was still in tact and not eaten, however the small green parts that connect the tomato to the vine were missing on some parts of the stem. I am not sure who ate them, as I have two cats (about 9 months old) and a 5lb Morkie who is about 8 months old. I suspect the dog most, as I feel her breath smelled faintly of tomato. Nobody is displaying any signs yet of any toxicity, but I am concerned about the green parts of the plant. Would the small amount of green eaten by any of these animals be enough to be toxic to my smaller animals? I suspect this just occurred not too long ago, so I don't know how quickly symptoms would appear of toxicity were to happen.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
Small quantities wouldn’t be as concerning as the whole vine being consumed, as cats and Morkie’s are small less is needed to cause a poisoning event; I don’t have specific statistics for weight of green parts consumed per kilogram body weight but a few small green bits probably are fine. Keep an eye out for symptoms and any concerns you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Snoopy
Shih Tzu
2 Years
Mild condition
2 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Not Eating
Upset stomach

We had a new tomato plant in our garden and the next thing I know is that my dog has almost finished up chewing the tomato plant. Now he won't eat anything, his stomach makes load gurgling noises, and is being lethargic. He has not vomitted at all. Should I take him to the vet

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
In the majority of cases a dog will have severe gastrointestinal symptoms from consuming a tomato plant, I don’t have any data on how much is enough to cause more serious symptoms. At this point, you should keep Snoopy hydrated and if you are not seeing any improvement you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gee
schnauzer
11
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

was throwing up but she has not thrown up in over

My dog Gee ingested to a to plant. She has stomach upset plus is a little lethargic. She is not throwing up any more n is able to tolerate chicken broth n rice.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Severe poisoning from tomato plants is rare, most cases a dog will eat and have some mild to moderate gastrointestinal upset; if Gee isn’t vomiting anymore and is keeping down some fluids it would be a case of keeping a close eye on her. It is at this point a case of waiting for it to leave her system, if the symptoms get worse or Gee seems in distress you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chica
Chihuahua
5.5 months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

My 5 lb Chihuahua, 5.5 months old ate most of a fist sized tomato that another animal plucked from the garden and took a bite. She is not showing any of the listed symptoms yet. Does she need to be seen by a vet immediately, or is there something I can do to prevent a problem? She is scheduled to be spayed on Tuesday.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
Red ripe tomatoes are considered non-toxic but unripe green tomatoes are considered to be toxic to dogs and may develop symptoms of vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy and weakness; usually inducing vomiting with 3% hydrogen peroxide is best immediately after consumption, otherwise ensuring Chica is adequately hydrated and comfortable is most important. If you are concerned, you should visit your Veterinarian for peace of mind. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/tomato-plant/

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