Can I Give My Dog Garlic?

Can I Give My Dog Garlic?It’s well known that garlic is healthy, but does the same apply to dogs and is it safe for them? Let’s take a close look at the idea of this being a food supplement for pets.

Whether or not garlic is good for dogs is a hotly debated issue. The truth is that there are numerous benefits to be had for canines, while there’s also potential for seriously harmful effects.

Garlic is certainly a great source of protein, vitamin B6, vitamin C and dietary minerals. This makes it an attractive supplement but harmful aspects need to be well understand. Minimize risks by learning as much as possible for your dog’s sake.

Can I Give My Dog Garlic? Answer: Yes, in tiny amounts

Feeding a very conservative amount is generally safe.

Dogs are, in fact, more sensitive to garlic than people so serve it sparingly. Unless your dog doesn’t react well to garlic, it can be very beneficial. There are so many good reasons for eating it which we’ll discuss. Just be cautious when initially feeding this pungent flavored food to your beloved dog and always stick to very small portions.

A garlic supplement specifically designed for pets is probably the best way to go about incorporating this healthy food into your dog’s diet.

Reasons to be Cautious

Garlic belongs to the Allium family with chives, onions and scallions. Some dogs are known to be dangerously allergic. But under normal circumstances, garlic is harmful only when given in large doses. In severe cases, it can create Heinz bodies, oxidative damage to your animal’s red blood cells. This can result in Heinz-body anemia and, in rare cases, even death.

Garlic is Very Healthy

For a long time garlic has been considered one of the most effective natural remedies. With more than 30 compounds, it’s an effective remedy for many ailments. It can be a antibiotic in crushed form. This is one amazing holistic medicinal plant and there’s no reason to believe garlic can’t offer the same health benefits for dogs when used in moderation and assuming they aren’t allergic.

Immune System Boost

Garlic can enhance the functions of the bloodstream by boosting killer cells. These are responsible for destroying cancer and other harmful microbes. Giving your dog garlic supplements may fortify their immune system and protect against certain diseases. So, at least in theory, garlic can help dogs.

Improved Liver Function

Garlic, related to ginger, is also known for detoxifying. Some of its compounds improve liver function by eliminating harmful toxins. Toxic accumulation, which may lead to canine cancer, may be stopped in its tracks and possibility overcome with the help of garlic. Your dog’s liver could greatly benefit.

For Fighting Infections

Garlic cloves are also among the most potent antibiotic and antimicrobial natural foods which fight against parasitic, fungal, bacterial and viral infections. Crushed garlic, mixed in olive oil, is an effective antiseptic for ear mites, ear infections and other minor injuries. Adding fresh garlic to your dog’s diet may prevent infections of the intestines, mouth, respiratory tract, throat and stomach.

It Repels Ticks & Fleas

Some studies claim that garlic’s odor prevents fleas and ticks from being attracted to dogs. This is because certain compounds are metabolized when applied to the skin. Garlic is likely effective for dogs as a repellent against ticks and fleas when mixed with brewer’s yeast.

When Not to Give Any

Though garlic is generally safe in small amounts, there are instances when you should avoid giving it to your dog. Garlic shouldn’t be fed prior to surgery and it’s also unsafe for dogs with anemic conditions. Puppies probably shouldn’t be exposed to any since their blood cells aren’t fully developed.

Conclusion on Garlic

You can give your dog very small amounts of garlic provided that you’ve cleared it with a vet. It’s important to be conservative with its use as too much may be harmful for your dog. Be familiar with situations where garlic is inappropriate. Watch for allergic reactions whenever introducing a new food to your beloved pet dog.

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Callie March, 2015

Is it okay to give my twin girl half Beagle half Rottweiler garlic pills that are natural supplements?


Jacob October, 2014

My dad has always put garlic powder on top of his dog’s food, mixed in with soft and dry dog food and a tablespoon of liver oil. He has never ever had fleas on either of his outside dogs and after brushing the dogs’ coats, they shine. My dog wound up with ticks and fleas after we moved into a former rental house. I had to have the house and dogs treated. My dad says that fleas and ticks can’t stand the scent of garlic. He also sprays them with diluted apple cider vinegar.


Anne February, 2014

Garlic is good for dogs in small amounts. Half a clove every other day for a medium sized dog is good. It’s the only vegetable in the onion family that you can give to dogs. It has many health benefits like being a natural dewormer (killing internal parasites) and keeping fleas at bay.


Martha September, 2013

I have read that garlic juice is recommended for dogs as a natural way to prevent ticks and fleas. Is this true given that garlic is toxic?


James September, 2013

I personally wouldn’t give garlic juice to my dog. There is no question garlic continues to be debated in regards to dogs.


Kelsey August, 2013

I have a year old Pitbull, male. I give him one clove every month, or every other month. I live in an area with a higher risk of ticks and fleas. He takes regular walks in high risk tick areas (with him rolling around in the bushes). He is around other dogs with fleas on a normal basis.

I have never once had to buy a flea/tick medication. Either the garlic works, or he just isn’t susceptible for whatever reason. They just don’t bother biting him. Through my almost year of owning him, I’ve found a total of one tick and one flea while cleaning the ears.


James August, 2013

Kelsey that is interesting. We can’t be sure the garlic is a defense against fleas and ticks but it is plausible. Thanks for sharing the info.


Granny March, 2015

Kelsey, I also believed that garlic was good against fleas and ticks. However, veterinarians at Michigan State University told me never to give my dog garlic. It does not process inside them as it does with humans. It can lead to other complications with their stomachs.


Narcissa April, 2013

I have 3 Pomeranians and the oldest is 8 years old. He has had a dental procedure recently. I suspected that although I have cleaned his teeth almost everyday since I got him as a puppy, that he would be in average condition and would need at least 3 or more tooth extractions.

I am happy and shocked to say that he only had two extractions done, ( 1-minor incisor) and one very small molar in the very back (hard to reach area for maintenance.) Other that that, his teeth & gums are healthy, and I strongly think that it is due to my use of garlic in his diet.

I do not use large amounts. I use it once a week & I have been doing so since I got him as a puppy. Also since the doctor didn’t prescribe any antibiotics for him I use this to prevent infection. Garlic is a highly recommended antibiotic among homeopathic vets.

His sister also had dental work. She is 7 years old but she is much smaller & has smaller teeth. This is her third dental visit in 7 years. She had only two minor extractions done (incisors in the lower mandible.) This was to prevent any decay from those incisors affecting her large lower canine tooth next to them. In general, she has beautiful white teeth and healthy pink gums.

All in all, I think in small amounts according to homeopathic veterinary recommendations, garlic is very beneficial for all my dogs. I’m learning many other herbs like turmeric are good also.

I would highly recommend garlic as a canine antibiotic unless the dog has other underlying issues directly correlated with a blood disorder, example being anemia. Too much of anything thing isn’t good overall. But in small amounts, for a small dog – it works wonders!


Anna November, 2012

Only a minuscule amount for taste.


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