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Can dogs eat eggplant?

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Dogs can eat eggplant, but the leaves and stems of the plant can be harmful. If served, access and portions need to be limited to avoid health issues.

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Vegetables, such as potatoes and tomatoes, are ingredients often used in dog food. The green parts of vegetables contain solanine, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. Eggplants that have not ripened yet have the highest concentration of the toxins and should be avoided. In addition to the intestinal issues, ingestion of large quantities may result in dilated pupils, depression and increases in heart rate. Fencing in the garden is the best way to prevent a dog from eating eggplant.

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