Originally Posted by kandy
While immediate symptoms of toxicity from onions would require more than the amount in this particular dog food (but much less than 'several pounds at a time'), the cumulative effects are largely unknown - and IMO probably misdiagnosed as hemolytic anemia from other causes or as other conditions such as immune mediated hemolytic anemia. Just as there are some dogs that can eat chocolate with no visible effects, I'm sure there are some dogs that can handle onions better than others. IMO, and I'm sure for alot of other pet owners, it's better to err on the side of caution and not allow ingestion of ANY known toxins, especially those with a possible cumulative effect.
The onion powder in this food is fairly high up on the ingredient list and that, IMO, is a risk that isn't worth taking.
We don't tell people what to feed or not feed, we simply offer our opinions when asked for them.
Just for your info. Where the product shows up on the list of ingredients has nothing at all to the amount of the product. It shows only that the ingredients ahead of it are more numerous and those after it are of lesser quantity. if a product is 99% one ingredient, then the ones that follow are minimal in amount. Regardless of where it shows up, TRI-V has already stated that the amount of onion powder is equal to about 1/4g per can.
This amount is so minimal that it would be undetectable in the blood of an dog fed this product. This small level cannot accumulate in the dog because their body will effectively remove all traces of onion powder at a rate that makes accumulation of toxins impossible.
This is not IMO, but FACT.