Well, it’s hard to find foods that dogs aren’t excited about. But onions may fall into that category.

But what if by some chance your dog shows an interest in eating onions. Or they accidentally ingest onions? Is that bad for them?

Well, in this article we’re going to answer the common question “Can Dogs Eat Onions?” So let’s dive right into it…

Can Dogs Eat Onions?

And the short answer to that question is a huge NO.

But have you ever wondered why dogs can’t eat onions?

Most of us have likely been informed by our vets that onions are poisonous to dogs. But why exactly is an onion poisonous for our beloved fur babies?

Well, for one, onion contains a compound known as N-propyl disulfide which is very toxic to dogs. This compound is known for its ability to break down red blood cells. In the long run, it can cause serious blood-related issues for dogs such as anemia.

If you are wondering what parts of onions are toxic to dogs, the answer is every part. This means that onion leaves, flesh, onion juice, onion powders, etc. are toxic to dogs. It doesn’t matter if the onion is raw or cook; it is still toxic.

Additionally, all members of the allium family are also toxic to dogs. This includes garlic, chives, shallots, and leeks.

The most dangerous part about this is that dogs are not aware that onions are toxic for them. So it is important to keep all of your kitchen ingredients as far away from your pets as possible. Keep them in a child-proof cabinet, or just keep your pets away from the kitchen.

How toxic are onions for dogs?

Well, for instance, it only takes 100 grams of onion to poison a dog that weighs 20 kilograms.

If your dog accidentally consumes an onion, watch out for these symptoms: decreased appetite, fainting, reddish urine, lethargy, weakness, and pale gums. Bring your dog to your vet immediately for treatment. Your vet will know the proper treatment depending on how severe the onion poisoning is.

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This article is part of our special series of articles about “What Human Foods Can Dogs Eat?”

Please check out other articles in the series including: Can Dogs Eat Oranges?

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