Can I Give My Dog Garlic?

Can I Give My Dog Garlic?Garlic offers many health benefits but does the same apply to dogs and in a safe manner? Let’s look at the possibility of giving garlic to your dog and whether it can be a food supplement for pets in general.

It’s highly debatable as to whether or not garlic is good for dogs. Some claim there are numerous benefits. Others strongly assert the harmful effects garlic can bring upon canines.

For sure, garlic is a great source of protein, vitamin B6, vitamin C and dietary minerals. But knowing if it’s healthy or harmful for your dog isn’t black or white. It’s a grey area so minimize risks by learning as much as possible.

Can I Give My Dog Garlic? Answer: Only in very tiny amounts, confirm with your vet

Provided that you use an appropriate amount, meaning conservatively in both frequency and amount, garlic is generally safe for dogs. But consult with a veterinarian before providing it in any amount.

Unless your particular canine doesn’t react well to garlic, it can potentially provide cardiovascular improvement and numerous other health benefits. However, be cautious when initially providing this pungent flavored food. It’s true that dogs are more sensitive to garlic than people.

Use Caution Please

Garlic contains potentially harmful components for dogs because it’s in the Allium family as are chives, onions and scallions. Many dogs are known to be dangerously allergic to them. But under normal circumstances, garlic only becomes harmful 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, even death. So be careful with garlic!

As you can see, garlic has its pros and cons. Seek professional advice. Better safe than sorry.

Garlic’s Healthy in Theory

For thousands of years, garlic has been considered one of the most effective natural remedies. Ayurvedic, Chinese and even Ancient Egyptian medicines have used this herb extensively. With more than 30 compounds, it’s an effective remedy for many ailments. It can even serve as an antibiotic in crushed form.

This is one amazing holistic medicinal plant. 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 cells are responsible for destroying cancer and other harmful microbes. Giving your dog garlic supplements may enhance their immune system and protect against certain diseases, like cancer. So, in theory, garlic can help dogs.

Improved Liver Function

Garlic is also known for its detoxifying effects. Some of its compounds help to improve liver function by eliminating harmful toxins. As a result, toxic accumulation in a dogs’ system, which may lead to cancer, is stopped in its tracks and possibility overcome. Your dog’s liver could benefit.

Fights Infections

Garlic is 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.

Repel Ticks & Fleas

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

When Not to Give Garlic

Though garlic is generally safe to use in small amounts, there are instances when you should avoid giving it to your dog. Garlic shouldn’t be given to dogs that are about to undergo surgery. It’s also unsafe for dogs with anemic conditions. Finally, puppies between 6-8 weeks old should steer clear since their blood cells aren’t fully developed.

Conclusion on Garlic

You can give your dog garlic provided that you’ve cleared it with a vet beforehand. Be conservative with its use. Too much may be harmful for your dog. Be familiar with situations where garlic use would be inappropriate. As always, watch for allergic reactions whenever introducing something new to your beloved pet.

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Callie March 16, 2015

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

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Jacob October 5, 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.

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Anne February 18, 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.

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Martha September 18, 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?

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James September 19, 2013

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

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Kelsey August 22, 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.

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James August 22, 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.

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Granny March 24, 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.

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