Garlic: You likely have heard, it’s always on all the warnings of Toxic foods right next to the chocolate that “Garlic is toxic”.
Yes it is indeed toxic — IF YOU FEED 40 CLOVES OF GARLIC TO A 100 POUND DOG IN ONE SITTING!
(Keep in mind that water in huge quantities is also deadly.)
Garlic in moderation is actually very healthy and has many benefits. Not only does it help repel fleas and ticks (likely also mosquitos), it also has awesome health benefits.
Garlic in large quantities however could change the red blood cells in the body and could potentially cause Heinz body anemia. Both garlic and onion contain thiosulphate, the substance responsible for causing this anemia. The amount of thiosulphate found in garlic is significantly lower than in onions -- the amount in garlic is barely traceable, and when garlic is provided in proper daily dosage the thiosulphate is not sufficient to cause any harm to dogs. We do know that the red blood cells go right back to normal when the copious amounts of garlic is removed from the diet. This was in the study where garlic extract was administered intragastrically at 1.25 ml/kg (2 lbs.) or 5 g of whole garlic/kg (so basically 40 cloves for 100 lbs.), once a day for 7 days.
Obviously, no one would ever feed that much garlic to their dog!! Truth is, when fed in reasonable amounts, garlic is a fantastic ingredient to a homemade dog food diet. Not only is it a great natural flea repellent, but garlic is also a tremendous antioxidant and detoxifying agent for dogs. Garlic is a powerful, natural broad-spectrum antibiotic, anti-allergen, antibacterial, anti-fungal, , anti-viral and anti-carcinogenic. Garlic contains germanium, an anti-cancer agent and an anti-protozoan. Garlic can also be used topically to treat specific ailments -- it fights against ear mites and ear infections. It promotes heart health, helps regulate blood pressure, helps fight allergies, diabetes, helps liver and kidney function and so many more things like stress. Garlic is high in vitamins, minerals, and nutrients like Calcium, Potassium, Zinc, Vitamin A, B, B2, C. Garlic is a natural dewormer and a flea, tick, and mosquito repellant!
Daily Dosage for Dogs: - 30 pounds (13.6 kg) 1 whole clove or 1 tsp fresh, raw minced/finely chopped garlic - 20 pound dog - 2/3 of a clove or 2/3 tsp - 15 pound dog - 1/2 of a clove or 1/2 tsp - 10 pound dog - 1/3 of a clove or 1/3 tsp - 5 pound dog - 1/6 of a clove or 1/6 tsp
My Garlic regime is a little different. I feed one clove to an approx. 100lbs dog 3-4 times a week -- not daily and less than the amount that is deemed safe!
I feed only North American garlic and I find it way to strong fed in quantities given above!! Garlic should be fed fresh and preferably squeezed/pressed.
It should sit on your dog’s food after freshly squeezed, between 5 and 20 minutes before feeding!
Garlic should not be fed as a dry powder, dehydrated, powdered, or as a supplement. The supplement is often paired with brewers yeast extract and that is known to cause or feed yeast infections in a already yeasty dog.
There are some cautions with Garlic:
- Garlic from China is known to contain low levels of arsenic, lead, and added sulphites.
- Garlic should not be fed to puppies under 6 months of age (although I do myself from 8 weeks or so on, but in small quantities)
- Caution is to be taken with certain medication (cyclosporin and blood thinners) and liver changing medications
- Lactating and pregnant dogs should not get garlic (again, I do but in small quantities)
- Dogs with severe IBS or colitis should be fed garlic with caution