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Is Garlic Good For Dogs?

November 02, 2020 4 min read

People have been eating garlic for centuries for its healing properties. History shows Ancient Egyptians fed it to their slaves to keep them strong and free of illness. Chinese doctors as early as the sixth century have even used garlic as a medication. Athletes chewed a clove before the ancient Olympic games.This vegetable has amazing known benefits for humans, as history shows, but have you wondered, “is garlic bad for dogs and can I give it to them?”. 

When researching, you may see that garlic appears on some “toxic for dogs” list! 

However, garlic is safe for dogs.  

Benefits Of Garlic: 

1. In one clove of raw garlic, it contains: 

Manganese: 2% of the daily value recommended
Manganese helps aid the metabolism, help regulate blood sugar, and decreases inflammation
Vitamin B6: 2% of the daily value recommended
Essential for normal brain development and keeps the nervous system and immune system healthy 
Vitamin C: 1% of the daily value recommended
Protects against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, and even eye disease 
Selenium: 1% of the daily value recommended
Protects against cardiovascular disease and reduces inflammation in the body 
Fiber: 0.06% of the daily value recommended

Helps maintain a happy bowel

Other great properties include: calcium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, iron, inulin, oligofructose, amino acids, zinc, and vitamin B1. 

2. Garlic has an undeniably strong pungent. Although, its pungent energy helps warm the body which allows for better circulation.

3. It helps detoxify the body. There are good bacteria and bad bacteria in your dog’s digestive tract. Garlic supports the good bacteria by eliminating the bad bacteria.

4. Garlic also helps enhance the liver. When garlic enters the body, it helps break down the waste before it can enter into the bloodstream.

5. As discussed previously, garlic is high in inulin and oligofructose. These two chemicals together can cause an upset stomach in dogs that have leaky gut, inflammatory bowel disease, and irritable bowel syndrome. If you decide to feed your dog garlic, make sure that their digestive system is steady and healthy. 

Garlic And Dogs

Besides the properties of garlic, there are also various ways that garlic helps nourish a happy pup!

  1. Antibiotic, antifungal, and antiparasitic 
  2. Removes waste by stimulating your dog’s lymphatic system 
  3. Widens blood vessels which helps promote blood flow and reduces low blood pressure 
  4. Helps prevent tumors and cancer from forming
    1. According to the National Cancer Institute, it has been found thatincreased garlic intake may reduce the risk of several types of cancers. 
  5. Decreases cholesterol build-up
  6. Prevents blood clots from forming 
  7. Natural flea and tick repellent
    1. If you struggle with flea and tick infestations, try feeding some garlic to your dog. Feed your dog a bit of garlic a few weeks before the bug season starts to allow for the garlic to build on your dog’s natural coat oil. 

Can Dogs Eat Fresh Garlic?

Not all garlic forms are equal, the kind you choose to feed your dog is important. There are certain types of garlic that you should feed your dog. 

Dogs should only be eating fresh, raw, and organically grown garlic. Try to pick one that’s produced in the United States and grown locally. The most ideal would be one that you grow in your garden.Garlic grown in China specifically has been tested positive for arsenic, heavy metals, and chlorine. 

Is Garlic Powder Bad For Dogs

For your dog to reap all the benefits that garlic has to offer, they should be fed raw garlic. Only the fresh cloves contain the enzyme alliinase which is an active ingredient that gives off the antibiotic, anti-cancer, antiviral, and antioxidant properties. Therefore, we recommend avoiding jarred garlic and extracts, since they won’t contain the essential enzyme. 

When Is Garlic Bad For Dogs?

If They Are A Puppy 

Puppies eight weeks or less don’t produce new red blood cells, so the garlic can be deadly when fed. If your puppy is six months to a year old, we recommend feeding half the regular dose. Consult your vet before giving your puppy garlic. 

If Your Dog Is Pregnant

Always be cautious about what supplements are added to a pregnant dog’s diet. Garlic may change the taste of your pup’s breast milk and can be passed to the puppies, so we recommend not feeding it to her if your dog is nursing.

If They Are An Akita or Shiba

Certain breeds such as Akitas or Shiba Inus are sensitive to hemolytic effects of oxidants that are found in garlic. Consult your holistic vet if you have any concerns or questions.

If They Are Taking Certain Medications

Garlic can affect blood clotting, and so certain medications don’t mix well with it. So, avoid if they take:

  • Heart medications
  • Chemotherapy drugs
  • Blood thinners
  • Insulin
  • Antacids
  • High blood pressure drugs 

Read More: Natural Treatment For Health Conditions 

How To Feed Garlic To A Dog: 

Peel cloves of the garlic and mince as usual. After this, let it sit for a couple of minutes before feeding to your dog. Make sure to measure out the correct amount based on the size of your dog and mix it into their food. 

Here is how much garlic we recommend you should feed: 

  • 5 lbs: ⅙ tsp 
  • 10 lbs: ⅓ tsp 
  • 15 lbs: ½ tsp 
  • 20 lbs: ⅔ tsp 
  • 30 lbs: 1 tsp 

If you’re just starting off feeding your dog garlic, consider starting with a small amount and then slowly work up to the recommended dosage. If your dog doesn’t like the taste of the garlic, consider combining it with a bone broth or withCali Raw dog food

Before you get garlic for your dog, remember that the small vegetable has many helpful benefits but can be harmful if not dosed correctly. If you have any concerns about feeding your dog, be sure to discuss your questions with your holistic vet.