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Do not feed onions to dogs or cats

By Laverne Hughey
Aug. 17, 2013 at 10 p.m.


Several months ago while friends and I were having lunch, another friend came to our table and told me about her small dog that had been ill. She suggested I write an article about the danger of feeding anything to a dog which contained onions, which I did, and now it is time to write another article about onions and not feeding them to an animal.

The little dog had been ill, just resting, sleeping, sluggish. Then, one night the dog became very nauseated, then started vomiting. Of course, this was of great concern to her caretaker.

The very next morning, following a night of little sleep for the dog and the caretaker, off they went to the veterinarian to find out the problem. They arrived at the vet's office at 7:30 a.m. The assistant suggested she leave the dog so they could begin running tests to have the results when the veterinarian arrived.

When my friend returned to the office to meet with the vet, when she walked in, the first thing the assistant asked was, "What have you done to this dog?" When she talked with the veterinarian, she was advised that the results of the blood work were "off the screen." That scared the lady.

She was informed the dog was suffering from pancreatitis. This problem results in a lot of discomfort in animals. By the way, feeding onions to companion animals, whether a dog or cat, can be very dangerous. She admitted she had been feeding the small dog chicken spaghetti which the vet felt definitely contributed to the dog's condition.

The veterinarian immediately began I.V. fluids for a 72-hour period. Fortunately, he let the dog go home at night and resume the therapy the following morning.

The dog is now on a special dog food which is helping. The dog can have green beans and carrots as a special treat, which the dog enjoys very much. In addition, she can have half a dog biscuit each day. I had occasion to see the dog a few days after the onset of the problem and she was very perky. She is feeling much better and her caretaker is following the doctor's orders. No table food, other than the green beans and carrots, without onion seasoning.

It also seems that dogs should not have onion powder, dried onions or fresh onions cooked in food, such as chicken spaghetti or any other table food.

Any time a dog or cat starts acting sick, such as lying around more than usual, not wanting to eat, anything that is different for the animal, make an appointment with the animal's doctor. Think carefully about what has happened that could cause a change in the animal's behavior, such as different food it may have eaten.

It is not wise to keep any information from the vet as that will delay the proper treatment to make the animal improve. It is probably a good idea to make a list of anything that may be important for the pet's doctor to know, including anything different the dog or cat may have had to eat or drink.

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