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Exclamation Buddy got hold of onion.

Today Buddy went out of my vision for around 2 minutes and then i came and found him holding two peals of onion (one with skin on) in his mouth. I am fairly sure that he didn't eat any. There wasn't enough time and I didn't find any pieces on his tongue or any smell in his breath.

What symptoms should I look out for? Should I be too concerned? He is acting fine; has eaten his lunch and played. Now, he is sleeping. Please do advise; I don't want to disturb the vet unnecessarily. Buddy is 9 weeks old.
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i am sure he is fine but i would put a phone call to the vet just incase, they will probably tell u what signs to be on the lookout for if he did ingest it.
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I just Googled what happens if a dog eats part of an onion and found this:

Are onions toxic to dogs? What should you do if he eats some?

I probably would have called my vet immediately for instructions, especially since he is so young. I hope you don't have any serious consquences.

Onions are one of those things I am very careful about around the dogs. I usually bag up all unused or peeled portions in a separate bag and immediately dispose of it outside in our big trash bin, just to be safe.
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In my vets office is a poster with all this stuff. Apparently small dogs (Maltese etc) are more at risk of poisoning when eating small amounts of onion, so your baby should be ok. However in future if in doubt about this kind of thing (& only if you know what he ate) induce vomiting by putting a teaspoon of salt at the back of the dogs throat & give water. It's not nice when dogs vomit but I'd have that over a sick dog any day. My dog used to eat all sorts of stuff as a pup so I'm pro at getting him to bring stuff up.

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If your dog eats something he is not supposed to the first thing you should do is call ASPCA Poison Control at (888) 426-4435. I would suggest posting this number with all the other emergency numbers you have. They have vets etc 24X7 who will let you know what to do. They have a list of just about any product also that your dog can get into and will let you know what to do.

Never, ever induce vomiting unless you have already called Poison Control and they told you to do so. Something you might not think is caustic is and you could do additional damage.
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Your dog... should... be OK.

I never knew that garlic and onion were toxic for dogs. And have offered leftovers containing chopped onion on the floor for my dogs in the past (I still do). One thing I know is that all of our dogs and the collie too HATE the taste of onion. They will not voluntarily eat it.

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I would definitely call the vet and ask-you are not disturbing them.
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Our question this week was:

My dog ate a mini burger left in a readily accessible spot by a visitor; my worry is that the burger had a few raw onions on it. There was one piece of onion left in the take out box when I found him eating. I am aware of the danger of onions and never give him onions. Will he be okay with this small amount of onion he ate by accident?


Hi – thanks for your email. You wrote asking if onions are a problem. Dogs and cats lack the enzyme necessary to properly digest onions and ingestion of onion can result in gas, diarrhea, or severe gastrointestinal distress. If large amounts of onion are ingested or onions are a daily part of your dog's diet, the red blood cells may become fragile and break apart. Severe anemia and even death can occur if the dog ingests lots of onions and receives no treatment.

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We never knew about onions until recently. Brewer always ate leftover spaghetti which was mixed with onion-laden sauce topped with onion-laden meatballs. Whenever he had a check up at the vet she always wondered why he was slightly anemic. Suddenly I realized that it must have been a steady diet of onion (he also got to eat leftover beef stew). By then he was 13 and he went to the bridge enjoying his spaghetti and meatballs.

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Years before I learned that onions, raw potatoes and grapes were bad for dogs I had a Shih Tzu that loved all three. She never showed ill effects from eating these and lived to the age of 17. Your pup should be fine. Now that I know these things aren't good for dogs I don't offer them anymore.

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A dog has to eat a pretty substantial amount of onion before he really needs medical intervention, so I wouldn't sweat it. Onion makes it onto most "foods poisonous to dogs" lists, but you really have to give it regularly in significant quantities in order to cause a problem.

Certainly keep an eye on Buddy, but if he were my dog, I wouldn't even bother calling the vet.
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