Why tomatoes are so good for dogs
Bright red and juicy, with a little zing, tomatoes are highly nutritious and incredibly beneficial for your pupper’s overall health. Find them in our Kangaroo Bowl!
What benefits do tomatoes offer your pupper?
Tomatoes contain large amounts of soluble and insoluble fibre, which assists with healthy and functional digestion, and helps to maintain optimal blood sugar levels. They are also linked to reduced risk of heart disease and can aid in the development of increased muscle strength.
Tomatoes are rich in potassium and Vitamins C and K. They are also packed with lycopene antioxidants, which become bioavailable when cooked. Incredibly, these antioxidants have been shown to assist in decreasing the risk of prostate cancer in male puppers.
What to watch out for?
Tomatoes are acidic, so can affect dogs with a sensitive stomach. It is best to start by introducing small amounts and observing how your dog reacts.
A substance called tomatine, which can be found mostly in the tomato plant leaf, flowers and stalk, can be toxic to your pupper if consumed in large quantities. Tomatine is more likely to be found in unripe tomatoes, so be sure to keep an eye on your pupper if you have a veggie patch!
It’s also important to note, that whilst great for puppers, tomato seeds and skins contain lectins, which some dogs may be sensitive to. Your dog’s health is paramount and we always do a thorough risk–benefit analysis of our ingredients, and only use ripe tomatoes as a small percentage of the diet – never the stems or unripe tomatoes.
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