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My dog stole an onion bhaji from my plate yesterday evening

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My dog stole an onion bhaji from my plate yesterday evening whilst I was clearing up and has since had diarrhea and is off his food. He's a golden retriever and is always, always hungry so it's very unusual. Do I need to take him to the vet? Is there anything I can check?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 3 years ago.
Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is Dr. Peter I am a licensed veterinarian. I am happy to answer your question today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- Is he lethargic?
2- Any vomiting?
3- How much does your dog weigh?
4- How big was the onion bhaji?
5- Do you have an idea of how much onion in one bhaji?

There may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies as I type out a thorough reply for you.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hi there.


1. Yes

2. No

3. 35kg

4. About the size of the palm of your hand

5. Approx 90g of onion



Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 3 years ago.
Adam, as you may already know onions are toxic to dogs. Toxicity is very dependent on amount ingested, we begin to get concern with doses above 5 grams per kilogram body weight. In this case Murphee took a dose of 2.6 g/kg which is below the toxic dose. Other possible consequences as you see is gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea. This is what you can do:

1- Do not give medication to stop the diarrhea like Pepto Bismol or imodium.
2- No food or water for 8-12 hours, need to give his gastrointestinal tract time to rest. Then, offer small amount of water followed by a diet of rice (75%) and boiled boneless chicken or ground beef (25%) until the stool is back to normal then wean back into regular diet.
3- Supplement with a probiotic (fortiflora), these are friendly bacterias that help with regularity. You can buy this over the counter in any pet store.
4- If after doing the above you do not see improvement within 24 hours he should be seen by your family family veterinarian.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service – if you feel you have gotten anything less, please reply back. I am happy to address follow-up questions. Thank you for your business and I hope to work with you again soon!

Dr. Peter