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Dogs like to eat anything on their owner's plate. It is tempting to hand over a few bites or put the plate down for your dog after the meal. Most veterinarians advise dog owners to avoid table scraps, although some foods are okay — many dogs like tomatoes or dishes made with tomatoes.

Tomatoes are known as a very healthy food for humans, but are tomatoes safe for dogs? The answer to that question isn't quite as simple as yes or no. Tomatoes are safe for dogs, but proper care and precautions are necessary.

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1. Tomato Toxins

Tomatoes are part of the nightshade family of vegetables. They contain solanine and tomatine, which are both harmful to dogs. Solanine and tomatine are found mostly in the green parts of a tomato plant such as the stems and leaves. Unripe green tomatoes contain more solanine and tomatine than ripe tomatoes.

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