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Dear Daisy Dog

I am eating more onions these days because of their health benefits, and I want to supplement my dog’s diet with them. Is that okay? How much should I feed each day?

Daisy Responds

Hold the onions! Onions, whether raw, cooked or dehydrated, can cause hemolytic anemia, destruction of the red blood cells which carry oxygen, so don’t feed them to your dog.

Signs of hemolytic anemia are pale gums, lethargy and sometimes red urine. These signs usually occur a few days after onion ingestion.

The condition can even be fatal, depending on the amount and type of onions ingested as well as the dog’s size and individual sensitivity. Cats are similarly affected.

I never have onion breath, and neither should your dog!

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