Can Dogs Eat Onions?
Onions are definitely not something you want your dog to eat! Whether it is cooked, raw or in powder form – anything that is onion related is an absolute no for your dog to stay healthy!
While onions or definitely one of the more common food items in the home, it is also one you want to make sure your dog does not digest – whether raw or cooked, it can make them very ill.
Why are onions toxic to dogs?
Onions have a compound called N-propyl disulfide which can cause dogs to become anemic. This toxin in simple terms, reduces the ability for your dogs red blood cells to carry oxygen through the blood stream. This in turn can trick your dog’s body into thinking those blood cells are not a good thing and then the body will destroy those red blood cells.
This is why your dog is at risk for anemia if they eat an onion or any type of onion powder as well!
Signs of illness from onions
If you think your dog may have eaten onions you should keep a close eye on their behavior and watch for symptoms so you can take immediate action.
Below are a few symptoms that may happen if your dog has ingested any amount of onion.
- Decreased appetite
- Urine that has a red tint
Treating your dog if it ate an onion.
If your dog did ingest an onion they may require a visit to a vet, especially if it is unclear just how much they ingested. While a very small amount may only have minimal affects like diarrhea – larger amounts can be much worse.
If the veterinarian fears your dog is seriously ill they may induce vomiting and monitor your dog to ensure it is properly producing red blood cells. If your dog is showing more advanced signs of illness a blood transfusion may be required.