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Old 08-20-2017, 06:01 PM
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My dog ate a very small piece of red onion - the size of a small pinky fingernail, if that.

I was eating a salad and it fell out of the bowl onto my lap....my dog is that fast.

I shouldn't let her 'watch me eat.' I know....

I'm worried because onions are bad for dogs. I searched the forum and there's one thread in which some people said if it's only a small amount (one small piece probably counts?), then it should be okay. But, to watch the dog and see how things go? I mean, to watch and make sure she doesn't exhibit any of the behaviors that show 'food poisoning? But, how long would that take?

I am wondering if I should call an emerg vet and ask? It's Sunday today so no vets are open. She really likes to look for scraps, especially outside so I have to watch her all the time when walking or just in general.

Thanks for any quick responses. I hope I'm just being overly worried and panicking but I know I should have been more careful.

I know of the other foods not to let her have - chocolate, grapes etc. I don't know why it didn't occur to me to guard against her being able to get an onion (piece). Just being careless, I guess. I have to be smarter but right now, I'm just worried about it.
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Hey Ben. I'm not a vet, but if it were me I wouldn't worry at all. That's such a small amount. Call your vet in the morning if you're panicking but I don't think you should lose any sleep over a small bit of onion. just my opinion.
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Old 08-20-2017, 07:28 PM
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Unless you dog is very, very, tiny one small piece of onion is not likely to do any damage unless he's very, very, sensitive. The phone call to an emergency vet is free and a call will likely set your mind at ease so go ahead and make the call.

FWIW it generally takes a lot, more then say xylitol or anti freeze, of onion to make a dog sick.
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Hey Ben. I'm not a vet, but if it were me I wouldn't worry at all. That's such a small amount. Call your vet in the morning if you're panicking but I don't think you should lose any sleep over a small bit of onion. just my opinion.
Yes, that's what I am hearing. I hope that is right. I'll probably still call my own vet in the morning for more peace of mind (well, hopefully).
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Unless you dog is very, very, tiny one small piece of onion is not likely to do any damage unless he's very, very, sensitive. The phone call to an emergency vet is free and a call will likely set your mind at ease so go ahead and make the call.

FWIW it generally takes a lot, more then say xylitol or anti freeze, of onion to make a dog sick.
I think she's a similar size to the dog in your profile picture (avatar). Jack Russell mix w/ chihuahua?

The emerg call was...meh. A vet technician talked to me but just told me what I already knew - the info about anemia and symptoms. I also had the option of bringing my dog to induce vomiting for $300.

I was told to watch her the next 24 hrs. I suspect my own vet will tell me to do that, too.
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Yes, that's what I am hearing. I hope that is right. I'll probably still call my own vet in the morning for more peace of mind (well, hopefully).
good plan, and good luck on whatever you decide to do
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Unless you dog is very, very, tiny one small piece of onion is not likely to do any damage unless he's very, very, sensitive. The phone call to an emergency vet is free and a call will likely set your mind at ease so go ahead and make the call.

FWIW it generally takes a lot, more then say xylitol or anti freeze, of onion to make a dog sick.
I read about xylitol recently. It's in almost all toothpaste and I posted about this. I don't understand how vets could carry well-known brands but these brands all have xylitol as one of the main ingredients. I guess it's very small but still. Well, maybe I do understand..... :-( $$$$, right? :-/

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good plan, and good luck on whatever you decide to do
Oh yeah, I forgot to add, that the vet tech. didn't think the small onion piece was large enough to do anything damaging/serious.

Also, I think my dog is not sensitive with respect to eating stuff.... sometimes, I worry because every once in a while she snatches something off the ground. The only time I had a really bad experience with her was when I was stupid and left out a bag of liver treats that she took care of... I might have posted asking 'what can I do?' .... I seem to recall....

Anyway, she had dark diarrhea for a short time after but she recovered and was ultimately fine. I believe I did take her to the vet, too. I have been careful since (or try to be) but was a bit careless this time. I forgot onions were bad or I never would have allowed her to sit so close to me or I'd have a better/safer way of having my salad with her nearby.

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I read about xylitol recently. It's in almost all toothpaste and I posted about this. I don't understand how vets could carry well-known brands but these brands all have xylitol as one of the main ingredients. I guess it's very small but still. Well, maybe I do understand..... :-( $$$$, right? :-/
Ack! Which dog toothpaste brands have xylitol? Or am I misunderstanding?
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Human toothpaste is not for dogs, the fluoride is too much for them.

There are special dog toothpastes that are for canines.
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Are Onions and Garlic Bad For Dogs? | petMD
From the article:
"“Onion toxicities are consistently noted in animals that ingest more than 0.5% of their body weight in onions at one time.” So, think that one fourth of a cup can make a 20-pound dog sick."

So, the minute piece that you described isn't enough to do any harm.
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