Whenever you’re eating something delicious, your furry best friend is sure to appear like magic, and let’s be honest – they want some! Can dogs eat onion bagels?
Dogs should not have anything with onions in them, and this includes onion bagels. Not only are onions toxic, but bagels have wildly varying recipes that may include even more toxic ingredients such as raisins – which could be lethal to your dog! That said, onion bagels are definitely toxic and should be off your dog’s menu.
In today’s article, we’ll talk about toxic amounts, toxicity symptoms, and what might happen if your dog eats an onion bagel. The information that you need is waiting below and some of it might well surprise you!
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Onions and other members of the Allium family
Onions are very toxic to dogs and they are part of a plant family that includes many other toxic plants among them that you will definitely recognize. The Allium family contains such plants as onions, leeks, chives, and garlic – which is actually 5 times more toxic than onions for dogs.
That’s not to say that onions are ‘mildly toxic’, only that garlic is quite a bit more. With Onion bagels, you have onions baked directly into the bread, but you also have to watch out for onion and other alliums in a number of forms.
Dogs can ingest them accidentally in a number of ways. You’ve got the plant material itself, powdered varieties (which are much more concentrated), juices, dehydrated materials, and even ‘multispice’ flavorings that could contain onions, garlics, or other alliums as part of their proprietary blends.
All of these are bad for your dog, more so if your dog is smaller, but toxic to dogs of any size. The largest dogs will simply have a higher tolerance to them because they’re bodies are bigger and stronger. As such, anything with Allium plants in it – not just onions—should be considered off limits for your dog.
What happens if a dog eats an onion bagel?
This is going to depend on what is in the bagel. With just a plain onion bagel, at the very least your dog is going to have a tummyache, and vomiting and diarrhea are a very real possibility. Since it’s a bagel, though, there are other ingredients that could also come into play.
For instance, one popular onion bagel is the ‘onion raisin bagel’, and raisins can flat-out kill your dog! Just 12 to 15 raisins, all by themselves, are enough to potentially kill a 10-pound dog. Sesame seeds are also present and in small amounts they can help a dog with constipation, but in large amounts they can cause diarrhea.
Garlic is often present in onion bagels and we’d mentioned that this is 5 times more toxic than onions are for your dog, so this is another very real pitfall with onion bagels. With puppies, small dogs, and seniors the effects can be quite a bit more severe but even large dogs could get very sick from these bagels.
All in all, it’s best to keep onion bagels off of the menu. Your dog could have a piece of bread instead and while they might give you a sad look, they’ll snap that bread up and gobble it down in a heartbeat. It’s a simple option and so much safer for your dog.
How much onion is toxic to dogs?
It’s helpful to have a little reference information to better understand how toxic onions are to your dog, so let’s take a look at that. According to the American Kennel Club, just 100 grams per every 20 kg of your dog’s weight is the amount that is considered to be dangerous toxic.
This comes out to about 3.5 ounces of onion for a 40 pound dog. Now, while that doesn’t seem like a huge worry since your dog isn’t likely to run off with your bag of onions, imagine what might happen if you are barbecuing for friends and you’ve whipped up a giant batch of onion rings?
Onions are such a popular addition to so many things that we eat, that it’s easy to forget that our pets can get into them. Consider also that onion powder is concentrated, so it’s going to take even less to potentially harm your dog or worse.
As such, products with ‘onion’ in the name like ‘onion bagels’ must be steered clear of as far as snacks that may be shared with your dog. It’s also good to get in the habit of checking for the addition of it in powdered forms, as onions and garlic pop up in all kinds of places that you’d never expect!
What are the symptoms of onion toxicity?
Signs of onion toxicity typically begin within 24 hours of ingestion, however, in some cases they may be delayed for as many as 7 days – another good reason to stay far away from Alliums where your dog is concerned! Symptoms of onion toxicity may include one or more of the following:
- Decreased appetite
- Pale/discolored gums
- Urine may be red
If you see any of these symptoms then you will want to get your dog in to the vet immediately. If you are unable to do so right away, contact the ASPCA poison control center at 888-426-4435.
They are available 24/7 and this includes holidays, so stick this number on the fridge – you’ll be glad that you did if you ever need it.
Sadly, anything that has onions is going to be off of the menu for dogs – they’re simply too toxic. With bagels, there is also the added threat of extra ingredients, which raise the risk and are also a headache from the perspective of always having to check the ingredients.
Thankfully, our canine companions are quite amenable to compromise, so you can always give them a little regular bread, even toasted up if you want to share a warm, bready snack, and your dog is going to be perfectly happy about it.
Just keep those onion bagels to yourself!