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my nine pound chihuahua ate a ring of raw onion, do I really

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my nine pound chihuahua ate a ring of raw onion, do I really need to get her stomach pumped as some pet forums claim? she seems fine and ate it fast and with gusto. will the anemia/toxicity hit her days later?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 3 years ago.
Hello,
Your dog is very small, and many toxicities are completely dependent on the size of the pet.

I single higher dose of onion can cause the blood problem known as Heinz body anemia.

So, Yes, I would advise you consult an ER vet. Now, for stomach pumping? Probably not. However, they can initiate other supportive care.

In addition, Yes, the changes can occur days later, so following up testing with a CBC, complete blood count, will likely be advised.

Good Luck
Dr. Andy

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
the ring of onion was very small (silver dollar size), just wanted to be sure you didn't assume it was a big one. she gulped it down in one swallow. also, it happened within the last hour. i think I will call and will probably induce vomiting myself.

do you still recommend ER?
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 3 years ago.
Tough.
Worth calling anyway.

If I had to guess (ONLY AS A GUESS) I am less worried.

Cats, in general, are more sensitive to the effects of onion toxicity.

But, with such a small dog, I would to make sure I am only advising the safest course of action.

Dr. Andy

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
last question, for the hydrogen peroxide route, do you know how much to administer (to induce vomiting) for her size? I'm not too worried either but like you, want to be safe. thanks so much!
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 3 years ago.
To induce vomiting at home, give 1 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight of 3% hydrogen peroxide. If no vomiting within 15 minutes, the dose can be repeated. It is an irritant to the stomach lining, and that is why it causes vomiting.

Dr. Andy

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