Can my dog eat eggplant?

Eggplant can be OK for dogs to eat, but humans should be careful in preparing it.

Eggplant is a misunderstood plant that is rumored to be toxic to both humans and dogs. That is not entirely true, but it’s also not false. Eggplant is part of the family of vegetables called nightshades, which also include tomatillos, tomatoes, potatoes, and peppers. Nightshade vegetables contain an alkaloid called solanine, which can be poisonous in large doses.

The toxic solanine is concentrated in the leaves and stem of the plant, so dogs should never eat the leaves of eggplant.

Eggplant is a good source of vitamins B and K, potassium, and fiber.

The best way to share eggplant with your dog is to give him a small piece to see how your dog reacts.

Signs of allergic reaction or other problems from eating eggplant include vomiting, diarrhea, itching, rashes, and struggling to breathe normally. If you see any of these signs in your dog go see a veterinarian immediately.


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