Can my dog eat onions?
NO, dogs should not be eating foods with onions in them. It can be very bad for them, and it is a good reason why you shouldn't be giving your dog people food. Often our food is cooked with onions, and onions are toxic to dogs. Over time they cause serious blood problems and destroy the dog's red blood cells. This results in canine anemia, a blood disease caused by a lack of these cells. If your dog eats onions directly, it can happen within a few days.
I just fed my dog food made with onions! Should I start panicking and running around in terror?
The answer is probably no. If your dog has just been eating little bites of food, it would take a long time for it to start showing symptoms. If your dog got into onions directly, then you should watch out, however - sometimes dogs like the smell and will eat even raw onions. They also get them from Chinese food, pizza, or sometimes baby food. You should, however, stop feeding your dog anything with onions in it. Dogs should eat dog food. If you want to give them treats, give them dog treats - food that is safe for humans is often very bad for dogs.
What are the symptoms of onion poisoning in dogs?
Your dog will vomit or have diarrhea, or potentially other digestive problems. It may lose its appetite, and lethargy and weakness are also seen in most cases. The urine of the dog may be red. If you see any of these symptoms, then the dog should go to the vet.
How much onion does a dog have to eat to get sick?
It will take a long time and have to happen regularly if you are using foods that have just been flavored with onions. If the dog has eaten onions themselves as part of people food, then it takes several hundred grams. This amount can cause canine anemia within three-four days. The dog will usually recover, however, once you keep it away from onions - the reason is that onions kill red blood cells, but the dog's body will replace them with time. However, the dog should see the vet anyway if it has gotten onion poisoning - it can get very sick in the meantime, and you don't want to risk it getting too serious.
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