The Shocking Truth About Dogs and Garlic

How do you feel about dogs and garlic? Many experts believe that it’s good for your dog’s health.

There is a lot of controversy surrounding dogs and garlic on the Internet. Many sources believe that garlic is toxic to dogs and it should never be used in dog food. But garlic has been used for centuries as a medicinal aid by humans – is it true that it’s bad canines? The answer may not seem all that cut and dry, but it’s becoming a lot clearer. This is thanks to the research efforts of experts that say that garlic is actually good for dogs. Of course, you can’t just let your dog chew on a clove of garlic. It’s all about the amount you give your dog. Read on to learn more about garlic and dogs, and how to make it a part of your pup’s healthy diet.

Garlic has been used for centuries as a medicinal aid by humans – is it true that its bad for canines?

Garlic: A Family Tree

Garlic comes from the Allium family, and counts onions, leeks, chives, and shallots as relatives. Onions, and to a much lesser degree garlic, contains a compound called n-propyldisulfide, as well as small amounts of thiosulphate. When taken in large amounts, oxidative damage can occur in the red blood cells. The effect creates Heinz bodies and the body will reject these cells from the bloodstream. After ingesting large amounts over a long period of time, it can lead to anemia and even death. Does this mean that garlic is unsafe for dogs? That’s where the debate gets heated.

Related: Benefits Of Garlic Supplements For Dogs

History

It all started over 100 years ago, when wild onions (in the same family of garlic) were fed to cattle, sheep, and horses and these animals showed toxicity symptoms. In the 1930s, studies showed that dogs that ate onions showed toxicity symptoms. Fast forward to the 1980s: cats that ate onions exhibited the same toxicity symptoms as dogs did. It’s important to note that cats are six to eight times more sensitive to onion than dogs.

Garlic got a bad rap in 2000, when a research paper was published that was based on garlic’s effect on dogs. Even though the dogs tested didn’t show any outward appearance of toxicity symptoms, there was an effect on the red blood cells. The researchers stated: “we believe that foods containing garlic should be avoided for use in dogs.”

Let’s take a closer look into the study itself, not just one quote. This study, which was undertaken at Hokkaido University, was conducted on four dogs, each one given 1.25 ml of garlic extract per kg of body weight for seven straight days. As an example, if the dog weighed 40 pounds, it would be given about 20 cloves of garlic – a staggering amount! Calculate how much garlic you’d be eating using that formula – it’s enough to make anyone ill. Using this amount of garlic, the study concluded that garlic had the “potential” to cause hemolytic anemia (damage to the red blood cells), and so garlic should not be fed to dogs. It’s important to note that even at these highly elevated doses, no dogs on the study developed hemolytic anemia. On top of that, the study included four dogs, so how do you consider this an appropriate sample? At the very least, it goes to the importance of looking at all the facts of any given study.

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It’s All About Dosage

Too much of anything is bad for you. Even minerals that you assume make you and your dog healthy can be detrimental in large daily amounts. Things such as salt, vitamin D, or Zinc are all good for you… as long as you’re not overdoing it. The same goes with garlic and dogs. At some level, these things all have the potential to be toxic.

Here’s a guide on the garlic levels safe for dogs per day, based on a dog’s weight (1/2 clove per ten pounds of body weight):

Fresh Garlic (from The Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats by Dr. Pitcairn)

10 to 15 pounds: .5 clove

20 to 40 pounds: 1 clove

45 to 70 pounds: 2 cloves

75 to 90 pounds: 2.5 cloves

100 pounds +: 3 cloves

Many people choose to stop at the 2 clove mark, even if their dogs were large (75 pounds+). I believe in going with a smaller dose myself and choose fresh over powder or jarred when possible. Also, I rotate my garlic cycle – 1 week on, 1 week off. Some pet parents only use it seasonally, while others feed it every day.

If your dog has a pre-existing anemic condition or is set to go into surgery, don’t give him any garlic. As well, puppies from six to eight weeks of age don’t start to reproduce new blood cells until after 6-8 weeks, so they should not be fed any garlic.

Benefits Of Feeding Your Dog Garlic

The reason why garlic is added to dog food and treats is because it has many health benefits. Even if you’re not sure about dogs and garlic, and decide to start with a low amount, your dog will still reap the health rewards. Its main claim to fame is the benefit it has on a dog’s digestive tract. But there are lots of other wonderful health reasons why garlic can help your dog:

  • Tick/Flea Repellent: It won’t kill the fleas and ticks, but those little buggers don’t like the taste of it. One sniff and they’ll be making their way off your dog.
  • Immune System Boost: Garlic has proven to do wonders with dogs with suppressed immune systems and as well has those fighting cancer. It gives a boost to bloodstream cells that kill bad microbes and cancer cells. (Check out S. Messonnier, The Natural Vet’s Guide to Preventing and Treating Cancer in Dogs, who talks about the benefits of garlic to fight cancer in dogs).
  • Liver Boost: Garlic is known to have detoxifying effects, which can help the liver get rid of toxins from the body.
  • Fights Bacterial, Viral, and Fungal Infections: Bacteria, virus and fungi are no match for garlic! With its potent antimicrobial and antibiotic properties, it fights parasites and protozoan organisms as well.
  • Lowers Blood Cholesterol and Triglyceride: Mix the proper dose of uncooked garlic with your dog’s food and it can help lower blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
  • Cardiovascular Boost: Wonderful in older and overweight dogs, garlic can prevent blood clots, and reduce cholesterol levels and fat build up in the arteries.

I Think Garlic is Good!

I feed Oscar garlic and supplement it into his diet throughout the week. As pet parents, we need to remember that there is no “normal” consumption level – based on my dog’s weight, I feed my dog safe and beneficial levels of garlic. As with any change in diet or addition of supplement, please speak with your vet. My vet knows about the garlic in Oscar’s diet, and we have blood taken every year to ensure he’s in peak form.

We’d like to hear from you. Do you feed your dog any garlic, whether it’s in food, treats or supplements? Or do you stay away from it, as it’s “better to be safe than sorry”? We want to hear from both camps. Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Suggested Readings:

R.H. Pitcairn, The Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats: I live by this book!
M. Goldstein, The Nature of Animal Healing: Another essential guide I can’t do without.
S. Messonnier, The Natural Vet’s Guide to Preventing and Treating Cancer in Dogs
Martin Zucker, The Veterinarians’ Guide to Natural Remedies for Dogs: Safe and Effective Alternative Treatments and Healing Techniques from the Nation’s Top Holistic Veterinarians


Comments

  • Jim Tyler

    I discovered the other day that my little 15 pound Cairn terrier,
    named Lucy, had worms. I don’t like to give her any toxic
    medications, and I remembered that I’d used garlic years ago to
    control worms on a couple of dogs that I had. As far as I remember,
    it was affective, and I didn’t remember it causing the dogs any
    problems.

    So, I thought I’d give garlic a try on Lucy. I minced about half a
    clove and gave it to her twice a day at meal time mixed with chopped
    chicken, which it adheres to well. She’s kind of a picky eater, so
    she hesitated to eat it, but not for long. I fed that to her for 3
    days.

    When I was giving garlic to my dogs years ago, I’d hadn’t heard
    that it was a problem for them, so I think I was giving them at least
    the dose I was giving Lucy, and for a longer time. I think I gave it
    to one of those dogs for months to control flees, and it worked well
    for that.

    A day or two after Lucy’s 3 day garlic treatment, I took her to
    the vet for another issue. I mentioned to the vet that I’d been
    giving her garlic for worms. The vet told me that it kills the dogs red
    blood cells, which was the first I’d heard of that. They checked her
    blood chemistry, not specifically for that reason, and found the red
    blood cell count to be within the normal range.

    Lucy had a lot of worms, so I was pretty sceptical about garlic
    getting rid of them, but it’s been about 6 weeks, and I haven’t seen
    a worm since.

    I’ve got another mixed breed 40 pound dog, named Stacey, that now
    has worms, which she probably caught from Lucy when she had them.
    I’m giving her a clove or a little more twice daily. I’ve only been
    giving it to her for a day and a half, and I’m keeping a close eye on
    her, but so far she seems her normal energetic self. I’ll continue
    giving her garlic for a total of 3 days. I don’t think it will cause
    her any problem, but I’m curious to see if it gets rid of the worms.

    I’ve been researching the toxicity of garlic for dogs. I found on
    one website, which sounds like it knows what it’s talking about, that
    it would take a dose of 50 cloves to cause a toxic reaction in a
    medium size dog. Going by that, it doesn’t sound like a couple cloves
    per day would be much of a problem.

    That’s been my experience. I’ll try to keep you posted on how
    effective it is for Stacey’s worms.

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      Jim
      Thanks for sharing your story with us. It’s great advice to pass along to other readers whose dog may be suffering with worms. Try garlic – worms don’t like it either!

    • TTeddy

      You can also include ground pumpkin seeds in their diet. They are suppose to help with worms also

      • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

        Ground pumpkin seeds – what a great idea, I need to look into that.

  • Lin

    We have been giving our dog garlic for yeast and skin issues (mostly on the ears) for about 6- 7 months. She has been thriving on it! I then read it was toxic, so dug deeper and it appears, in the amounts we give her, it’s okay! I had heard from a naturopathic vet to try garlic for the ears and it has worked wonders. Steroids had cleared it up temporarily, but it came right back and I didn’t want to keep giving medications to her.

  • Joanne Hall

    I give my Lyra a little bit of garlic bread when we have it, she seems to really like it and it doesn’t seem to have done her any harm. I’ve heard contradictory advice about giving garlic to dogs, but I think in the small quantities we give it to her it can’t do any harm, and she’s never had fleas or ticks.

  • Bazzuka Eden Gashi

    I have two border collies one 48 pounds and the other one is 68 mix border collie i checked the guide but only has the dosage per clove how many times a month are they supposed to take if to kill worms and other things.

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      You’d have to check with a vet about dosages for worms, as we don’t have the answer for that. We didn’t find any information for garlic and worms. We’ve included a guide in the article that you can use as a general guide. You may want to do some more research on The Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats by Dr. Pitcairn

      • christopher Anne-Marie

        HI , please confirm the dosages according to weight : it seems strange to give more garlic to smaller dos than to bigger dogs . Not able to purchase the book to verify.

        • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

          Hi there, I think you’ve misunderstood. That’s .5 or 1/2 clove of garlic for 10-15 pound dog, vs 1 clove garlic for 20-40 pound dog

  • EllieAqua

    I’ve recently been giving my dog garlic tablets because the dosage is the same every day and it’s easier to administrate. The tablets contain 0.5g of garlic (equivalent to 500mg of fresh garlic bulb) and she’s in the 20-40lbs category. At almost 15 years old and full of arthritis, she looked like she was ‘winding down’ this time last month. She’s now had the tablets daily for two weeks and all she wants to do now is play and chase. I just want to make sure this dosage is ok and not too much so if anyone can help with this, I’d be grateful. Thank you.

    Ingredients:
    Odourless Garlic Powder 5mg (100:1) equivalent to 500mg of fresh Garlic Bulb, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Magnesium Stearate.

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      Hi EllieAqua
      I can’t find an answer for that question from my research. You can either ask your vet, a naturopath or at the place you purchased the pills.

      • EllieAqua

        Hello, thank you for your reply. I will speak with the vet, I think, they’re probably the best people for this. Tilly’s like a new dog, her pain levels are so much lower and her enthusiasm and energy is much higher. I guess that tells me all I need to know, she’s enjoying life again. This time last month we thought she didn’t have long left to live, She even pulled on her lead to go home part way through her beloved walks. Not any more! Thanks again, it’s much appreciated.

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      When you find out, would you mind posting it? I’m sure it would help others in the community

  • CC
  • GretaN

    What about garlic powder?

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      I use garlic powder in my treats. I’m looking into a guide for daily doses of garlic powder. Will get back to you with an answer

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      I also found this in the guide: dogs can safely consume 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder per pound of food 3-4 times per week

  • carol schoberg

    How often would you give the dog garlic.

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      You can give fresh daily, based on the guide in the article. I use it in treats and meals, so my dog doesn’t get the full daily dose, and sometimes he only gets it 2-3 times a week. If you’re just starting out, I would start slow and 1/2 the dose, to build it up over time.

  • Jax

    I have an 8 year old Lab who when in the past has had fleas I have treated with garlic powder. I usually mix 1/4tsp to start and then add gradually to 1tsp sprinkled over her dry food or wet food. I am sceptical to give her too much so I just keep it in very small doses. I have a 5 month old kitten who I saw a (only one) flea on the other day so I started giving him just a tiny pinch of garlic powder in his wet food and I also gave him a bath (he took it quite well!) I also started the 1/4tsp in my dog’s food as well. I haven’t seen any fleas or any negative symptoms from either pet and I never saw any before in my dog. I do think she’s a little more energetic with some garlic added in her diet but it could be anything. :) hope this helps.

    • Jax

      I would like to add that once my pets are flea free I discontinue giving them garlic.

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      It does – thanks for sharing Jax!

  • Lisa Hurrelbrink Gavin

    Regarding the guide that is posted..is that per day

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      That’s per day – I will edit the article to reflect that.

      • Lisa Hurrelbrink Gavin

        Thanks very much! My dogs have apparently become immune to most of the flea remedies

  • dsands47

    We just lost our best friend Gypsey, a yellow lab of 15 yrs (cancer). I can kick myself for not considering the benefits of garlic (allicin) for her as it has been for me. Freshly prepared garlic is the key. I’m surprised the aged garlic powder works at all. The potency of allicin may last about 24 hrs after stressing the fresh garlic clove before oxidation alters it to other less potent chemical forms (propenesulfenic acid – etc.). As for me – I’m getting up in years and suddenly there started a deep lateral pain around the right kidney. A subsequent CEA test confirmed a soft tissue tumor had established itself. Instead of starting the normal chemotherapy protocal I immediately started taking St. John’s wort (hyperforin) for inflamation (the pain stopped immediately) and fresh garlic (allicin) preparation. After a couple of months I have to say I am cancer free. Pardon my expletive but garlic kicks butt. Thank you – David

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      I’m very sorry about your loss.
      It’s good to hear that it’s helping you out as well. And you can say butt on our site David :)

    • MsReed

      How would you take the garlic and St. Johns Wart? I think the St. Johns Wart is probably pill form but not sure what you meant by fresh garlic preparation. Also what was the dose you used daily? I am a 37 year old 165 pound female. I was diagnosed in 2003 with Lupus which was the same year my mother passed from kidney and lung failure after an extensive hospital stay and fighting off illness and after years of kidney infections. We were actually told after her death that she had in fact suffered from lupus as well. Now my right kidney has been hurting and I am scared it may be starting with me. To make matters even worse in 2010 my daughter who was just 9 at the time was diagnosed with juvenile lupus. The treatments for lupus are very toxic themselves and are considered a last resort. Looking for a way to maybe boost my immune system as well as give my kidneys a boost.

    • TTeddy

      You could have given your lab St. John’s wort as well as Turmeric Golden Paste, Black Seed Oil :)

  • Megan

    I’ve been feeding my dogs .5 to 1 clove of raw crushed garlic everyday in their feed. While others are buying flea treatments constantly, I do nothing and they’ve had fleas twice in 7 years. Healthy and happy, partly due to garlic in their diet :)

  • Billie

    Hi,
    I’d just like to tell you about a holistic healer that I used to know who cured a family of tiny kittens of cat-flu. I was horrified at the time (I was a teenager) to see her squirting garlic oil from a capsule into the kittens’ eyes (which were closed and gummed up with mucus) and down their throats. It did the trick though, and they all survived and thrived.

    I’ve since used it on my dogs as a parasite repellant and let them eat leftovers that have onion and garlic in.
    I cannot believe that as part of a balanced (mainly raw) diet, it does any harm at all and probably rather a lot of good.

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      That’s really interesting about squirting it into the kitten’s eyes. I’ve never heard anything like that!

    • Heather Lawless

      last time I checked Onion is still widely accepted as very bad for dogs

  • dianna

    I’m sorry is this a daily thing or weekly. Does it effect current seizure meds or antibiotics being taken

  • catherinegf

    Will you not get just as good effects from a good raw diet, diatomaceous earth and coconut oil, without the risks? Also have tests been done on dogs and the recommended dosages? My concern is that the effects happen over time. I don’t want to risk giving my dog something that may give him anaemia inn a years time if there’s a on chemical alternative without the risk.

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      Hi catherinegf,
      If that’s what you give your dog and you get great results from that diet, I say keep with it. Don’t do anything you’re not comfortable with. Every dog is different and every owner is different. Yes, tests have been done, and my findings are from a variety of sources. There are people who have given their dogs garlic for a lifetime with no adverse affects. Just like people, dogs are individuals. I give Oscar garlic small doses weekly in treat form and that works well for him. Others give it daily. I would never advise anyone to do anything that they don’t feel comfortable with.
      FYI: I also use coconut oil! Oscar LOVES it!!!

  • Amanda Brockman

    What about small dogs, such as a miniature dachshund? Should you not give them any amount of garlic if they are less than 10lbs? I’m getting a mini dachshund in 2 weeks, (he’ll be 8 weeks at that time.) Should I not give it to him until he is a certain age and/or weight?

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      Oscar is a small dog (under 10 pounds) and I do not feed him garlic every day. As well, he is an adult, not a puppy. You should speak to your vet or a holistic practitioner before starting. But I think it’s wonderful that you’re starting your research now, Amanda!

  • Lisa Fulford

    Hi there! Thanks so much for the tip. I have a 15-20lb beagle mix and a 70lb golden lab. The lab has had a skin condition for YEARS! Complete with hotspots and constant scratching. And our vet(s) have not been able to figure it out. I tried treating for food allergies, fleas/ticks/mites, fungus, and so many other ‘suggestions’. And the little beagle is showing signs of (what I’ve been told) doggie eczema. So….I have tired garlic….I’m going to start today and will update on my progress. Question, can I give them a garlic supplement? Or is fresh garlic preferred?
    Thanks again for your post.

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      Some of our readers have tired garlic supplements, but haven’t updated us with a response. Talk with your holistic practitioner to get the best results – you may have to try a few different doses. Also, coconut oil does wonders for dog skin issues. Please try that as well. Oscar and I love it!

      • Lisa Fulford

        Not sure if I should reply here but just wanted to say AMAZING RESULTS! Thank you!!!!!!!

        *Cheers,Lisa Fulford*

    • April Shuyler

      Can you update us on the progress?

  • Lisa Fulford

    I posted 7 days about trying garlic with my 11 year old lab (ongoing skin issues, hotspots, sensitivity, etc.) and 1.5 year old beagle mix (doggie eczema, I’ve been told) and wanted to post an update.

    A side note that the lab has had horrible skin issues for over 5 years….horrible hotspots that he licks obsessively into giant sores…no down time, 5 straight years of skin issues…and it has been so sad to watch. I have tried literally everything with the exception of a holistic healer or ‘specialty person’. I’m in Jamaica and the is knowledgable vets/persons are very limited. The only thing that seemed to help was a dose of prednisone every 3 months but it was a temporary fix and learned it was very hard on his organs. But tried everything else that you can think of, except garlic.

    I have been giving the lab (about 65 lbs) 1 full clove minced once a day, and the beagle (about 20ish lbs) a half a clove. For both dogs, the constant itching has declined tremendously!!! I think that they both seem to scratch only for the normal things, like a cheek or an ear. We noticed a change in about 2 days. Nothing I have tried has had this kind of immediate and effective result. They didn’t have fleas but ticks are an issue in this hot climate so we still see one or two but nowhere near as many. But if it doesn’t really work for the ticks I’ll take the cure for the skin conditions. I am SO GRATEFUL that I found this post because it was weighing heavy on my heart to watch them in such discomfort and not be able to help, especially for my handsome lab who is now a senior =(

    I think I will continue with the garlic for another week or so and break for a week and so on and so forth and see how it goes. If anyone is interested in my ongoing results feel free to contact me. Thank you to everyone for their posts!!

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      So good to hear and love the picture – thanks for sharing Lisa!

    • Hypatia

      Hi Lisa, I see this was last updated two months ago so don’t know where you’re at with progress but..I am a strong advocate for constant use of garlic in dogs’ diet. I feel consistency is v important…I.e. If it’s working, why break from it…? Good luck!

      • Nansea Chavez

        What’s the best way to give it to dogs?

    • Lindsay Christine

      Hi Lisa,
      I wanted to know if you have had progress with the garlic? I have a puggle with skin issues. Hot spots, occasional loss of hair. It changes with the seanons. She scratches and bites at herself constantly. I’m on the fence t try garlic.

      • Lisa Fulford

        Hi Lindsay. I’m having issues with this site and trying to reply to you on my iPad…can you shoot me an email to lisa.fulford@gmail.com and I’ll respond

        • Brenda Stines Mills

          lisa, I have added oregano with the garlic…..idk, but it seems to help….maybe the taste or smell of the dog to the parasite…?

          • Lisa Fulford

            Thanks Brenda. I think I am going to go back to trying both again with my beagle.

        • TTeddy

          Hi Lisa. What was the parasite called. Do you feed a balanced raw diet with supplements? (just curious)

          • Lisa Fulford

            Hello. I don’t know what it was called. But it has since been eradicated from my area. Now I just have the usual flea and tick challenges that come with living in a hot country …sigh…

          • Lisa Fulford

            Oh…the food…well the beagle was moved back to dry food and only gets cooked food on special occasions. I moved her to a Canadian food call Nutram….they have an incredible variety of foods. Originally she was on the lamb and rice grain free but now she has to moved to ….weight control…..(spayed her young and she’s a teensy bit chubby). But she scavenges for food so she can eat more of the weight control but it’s less calories.

    • Lynda Hairston

      Lisa, this is very interesting your results with fresh garlic cloves! I’ve been giving my bulldog food cooked with powdered garlic and found out it was fine. Garlic wasn’t the problem, my bull dog was constipated because of lack of water he wasn’t drinking, turns out he had cold. information on inter. Vets.info. to keepvmy dog regular I should put pumpkin puree w/o sugar in his food daily. Keep him from being dehydrated put milk in water just to make it white in appearance. I did it, he drank up. I also forgot to mention, he loves the pumpkin. Go figure!!! He’s much BETTER today!!! I’m so happy that mama’s baby is getting better every day since he fell ill. I think I’m going to try fresh garlic in food, probably better for him. Thanks for caring Lisa!!!

      • TTeddy

        How is your pooch today Lynda? Pumpkin is very good for them, and so is sweet potato, spinach, carrots etc.
        Coconut oil is great as well as Turmeric Golden Paste. Do you feed raw Lynda?

      • Lisa Fulford

        Apologies for the late response! I forgot to check the email account that notifies me of these.

        Yes, I learned how WONDERFUL pumpkin puree is for ‘flushing’ when my lab swallowed and enormous mango seed and wanted to avoid surgery.

        Sadly, we lost our lab in August….he had developed kidney failure in the last few months of his life. So we fed him anything good (or bad) for him so he could enjoy them. It was rough. He truly was the best dog. It gets harder as I get older.

        My beagle mix is on a dry food only diet and will now be moved to weight control … she was spayed young and is a little chubby….but I love it…lol….but she’s very active and surprisingly nimble and agile!

        I love Bulldogs! I’m so happy he’s feeling better! It’s so hard when they are sick and can’t tell you.

    • sabrina

      I see it has been a year sence u.posted how did the garlic work?

  • pegasusx86

    I am wondering if garlic powder would do as well as fresh garlic? Hate the stuff myself, and don’t want to have to mince it everyday, but will if it is all that much better than the powder. Thanks, Peggy

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      HI Peggy
      Dogs can safely consume 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder per pound of food 3-4 times per week

  • perchristianbye

    I was referred to this page, due to the information it contained, by one who wanted my professional opionon.

    Garlic is poisonous, and is not recommended! The claims portraid over is not something that is verified, and as a vet in an area heavily infested by ticks, I have never seen a dog benefit from this, and absolutely no effects on the ticks. I have treated some really serious side effects, with hugh costs to the owners, and pain and complications for the animals.
    Dogs with skin diseases and immunemediated diseases have much better, scientifically controlled treatment protocols. Garlig would never pass a safty protocol, as does the normal drugs used for prevention agains ticks (I can only speak for Norway, and the norwegian legislation), and other drugs.
    Garlic is one substance commonly known to be toxic to dogs, with individual variations in sensitivities and toxicities, as most products. I have treated loads of plant oil extract toxicosis, from numerous different plants. I have never seen one which have delivered promised results. I have seen fatalities from the poisoning, and several cases of borreliosis in such patients.

    To show that this is not only a view of some norwegian vet, I am pasting in a page from Pet Poison Helpline, from the US:

    http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/garlic/

    I recommende people to be extremely critical to self appointed experts comming with postulations on the internett. There is no qualitiy controll, and you risk hurting your pet a lot. Proper mediciation do have sideeffects, but these are described, and the vet will know how they should be treated. We known how to treat garlic poisoning, as it used to be very common. Alot of other plantbased oil extracts lacks toxicological data, and therefore is only possible to treat with general support; that may not be enough.

    Per Christian Bye
    Veterinarian
    Vestmar Dyreklinikk Dyrehelse AS
    Norway

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      Thanks for your response and it is welcome, pro or against. I appreciate you taking the time to post a comment on the blog. I am not a self-appointed expert, nor do I claim to be anywhere in the article. To accuse me as such is a rush to judgement, although I have to assume that you may be frustrated. I am just passing along my experience, as are the other people who have had positive experiences with garlic. We know the risks and reports, yet we have found other examples, like ours, that shows the benefits of garlic. Every dog is an individual, and not every dog responds the same way. We have found proper dosage is key as well.
      I am not saying that people should feed their dog garlic. If they choose to do so, the proper dosages, taken from holistic practitioners, are listed.

      • perchristianbye

        I do not accuse you of being an expert. I beg people take a critical view of what is being posted on net.
        There is nothing dubius about the toxicological aspect of garlic: it is toxic in all forms. There are different sensitivities to garlic related to harvest time, type of garlic, state of the garlic, what food it is eaten with, etc. Decontamination and emptying of the gut is recommended for at 5 kg dog eating as little as 25 g, but it is really dependent on the antioxidants level of the body; when that is overwhelmed, toxicosis occur. And concurrent diseases and/or erronous nutrition will have a higher likelihood of increasing free radicals in the body. As shown abow, there is no safe levels of garlic, and absolutely no proper dosage; the dog will respond to toxicity if the conditions are rigth/wrong. Contact your local toxicological unit, and they will state the same.
        When you suggest that people should feed their companion animals a known toxic substance I find it ethically wrong! That you have tried on you own animals, or patients, is again something I do not agree with; animal experiments should be performed in secure settings with competent people in charge. Your suggestions may cause severe suffering for dogs where the owners lack the critical judgement required.
        I was directed to your page after some of my clients asked about this, and if they could use such instead of proper chemical antitick treatment. One this is the toxicity of the garlic, another thing is the lack of effectiveness against ticks, and the diseases these will transmitt. When you come with such suggestions, some will always follow, and again the dogs may become critically ill and die as a result.
        Please be a little more critical to the advice you are giving people. Feeding animals toxic substances is animal cruelty! Especially when the LD50 has not been established.

        • Pat Farley

          There is a lot to be said for a tried and true method versus a theory. I have owned many dogs of different breeds and firmly believe an animal will not eat something day after day that will kill it. As far as garlic being poisonous: that is a bunch of crap. Ask any Italian.

          • Clair

            Many dogs also like the taste of anti-freeze. Using your logic, that would mean it won’t kill dogs. Hmmm….
            Also, Perchristianbye was referring to garlic being poisonous to DOGS, not humans.

          • Marilyn Stonecipher

            Good point Clair.

          • BoBo Jones

            “many dogs” where did you pull that out of?

          • Clair

            I grew up hearing horror stories of animal haters leaving out dishes of antifreeze to kill animals that strayed into their yard. The animals are attracted to the sweet scent/taste. I thought this was common knowledge?http://www.petmd.com/dog/emergency/digestive/e_multi_antifreeze_poisoning

          • S.

            You don’t think they will eat chocolate? I had the unfortunate experience treating a dog that almost died from this and would have without medical intervention. I have also seen dogs get EXTREMELY sick with onions (not huge amounts either), which is in the garlic family. Why risk it? Do you really think veterinarians tell people to avoid certain things because it is all a conspiracy? Dogs, cats, and humans do not process foods/medications the same. ONE Tylenol can KILL a cat. A couple raisins can cause acute renal failure in dogs. There are several foods and supplements including essential fatty acids that are much safer.

            As a vet, I dedicate my life to making sure dogs and cats are healthy and happy. The world would be a terrible place without them. I just hope that people take this advice with a grain of salt and hope they never have to see a vet for problems associated with this.

            …On a similar note, there are medications, vaccinations, and surgeries for reasons. They help prevent disease and improve quality of life of pets. Do you think that I would do something to even potentially harm my own pets? My large breed dog lived until 11, all my associates’ animals far longer than expected, and my family’s dog until 13. They all were on so-called “poisons”. Too often do I see suffering animals because people don’t follow medical advice. I think integrative medicine is great with modern science. However, please be smart about that.

          • Lindsey Houston

            So what is your opinion on yearly boosters?

          • AtomicMom

            I am half Italian, so if you ask me, I think anyone that feeds their pet a scientifically proven toxic ingredient because its “natural” is ignorant.

            Yes, some pets will eat something day in and day out that will kill them, just ask any vet how many animals come in as a result of ingesting harmful substances. Just like humans, not all breeds make good food choices.

            Tried and True: Garlic is toxic to dogs, cats, sheep, horses and cattle. No matter the amount, there is significant damage to the blood.

            Theory: Garlic is beneficial to dogs. There is no scientifically documented evidence that backs this up. None, Zip, Oogatz.

            I left my doberman with an Italian friend that read on the internet that ‘garlic was good for dogs…’ long story short, my prize doberman is dead because she fed him one clove of garlic a day thinking it was good for him. Tried, True, and Tragic. Read my story below.

            Xylitol is another “diabetic sugar” ingredient found in Trident Gum, and other diabetic products that will kill your dog instantly, his liver will shut down.

            Xylitol is a “natural” ingredient from birch trees, much like maple sugar or maple syrup. Great for humans and diabetics, deadly to dogs.

            I hope you continue your research and don’t trust everything you read on the internet.

        • BoBo Jones

          the “topical” nerve toxins that you vets push on everyone are more dangerous and cancerous than garlic. Dogs and cats should not be riddled with cancer at age 5 or 6. They are being over vaccinated and over dosed on topical flea and tick killer.

          • Lindsey Houston

            totally agree. but vets are about the money, dog owners are about the dog!!!

        • Lindsey Houston

          how much do you charge for proper chemical antitick treatment?

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      And I am also glad that someone asked for your professional opinion – it’s always important to ask your vet what he/she thinks

      • perchristianbye

        This has nothing to do with “what he/she thinks”; this is based on solid evidence gathered over 100s of years, together with experiments, knowledge of how the body works, and clinical experience with sick animals.

        • KC

          Yes, I mean why would we want to give our animals something from the earth as opposed to some man-made chemicals that make the vet and pharmaceutical companies money? I can definitely see your frustration with people wanting to find natural alternatives….

          • perchristianbye

            What do you think I make most money from? A fool that do not know how to read, and feed its animal a toxic that makes the body attacks its own red blood cells? Or a prescription?
            The sole reason I bother answering such, is that I have seen enough patients, and their owner, traumatised from side effects of experimenting on their animals! It is cruel, animal abuse! And the folks giving such advice are liable for damages compensation in my country, if there are any reliable, sane persons to charge! Do whatever you want with yourself. I couldn’t care less! But experimental medication on animals is not for those without good knowledge of what one are doing!
            And those “scary chemicals” you are mentioning are often plant components, which has been identified, purified, and tested!
            Lets face it, mother earth can be rather cruel! Survival of the fittest? Eat or be eaten? Some of the most deadly toxins are found in the nature!
            Call your Poison Pet Line in US, and ask them.

          • Stephanie Wells Reynolds

            As a vet, one would think that your spelling and grammar would be better. I would also think that you wouldn’t be so “off the rails” as you post this that you might be a tad bit nicer to people who are simply seeking information. Oh, and my vet said that garlic is just fine and I put it in my homemade treats. My dogs are completely healthy and thriving, but I will tell 9.5 year old Titan that he should be quite sick from the garlic that I am giving him.

          • AlexAssante

            One reason a Vet would argue that it is unsafe is that they do not profit off of it. They can only profit off prescribed medication. However, a vet is never to be fully trusted as plenty of them have prescribed ‘flea medication’ to the owners of animals whom when administered the medication have gone into seizures and lost their lives. I’ve had a personal bad experience with a vet; because of their negligence, I lost one of my babies and I will never fully trust them ever again. I’ve gotten farther in life doing my own research than trusting anything any ‘professional’ had to say.

          • DeathRayBob

            Can I ask how long you have been feeding your dogs garlic?
            I’m still on the fence about this issue, and there is a dog food I would like to try for my pooch, but it does have garlic in it. I want to be as worry-free as possible

          • Holley Wolfe

            My dogs have been getting 1-2 cloves of garlic a day for over 5 years now. They are perfectly healthy besides the one getting old!

          • Marilyn Stonecipher

            Stephanie, he is Norwegian! Can you speak or spell in Norwegian at all? I certainly can’t. Just sayin……

          • Nicki Nelson

            perchristianbye seems to be Norwegian, so his English grammar errors can be forgiven. That being said, his attitude is very unprofessional and condescending. But I appreciate alternative perspectives so I can make decisions.

          • AtomicMom

            I lost the best dog I’ve ever had to garlic. Thousands of dollars later
            he died on an operating table because the canine blood transfusion
            didn’t arrive fast enough. Here’s the real heartbreak: I didn’t give
            him the garlic, it was a friend that gave him “a clove a day” while she
            was watching him for one week, because she read somewhere on the internet that it was ‘beneficial’ for dogs and she thought she was being helpful. He was a beautiful 80lb Doberman, his name was Duke.

            I hope this NEVER happens to anyone else.

            Will one clove kill your dog? Maybe not… but the n-propyl disulfide will cause a hemolytic reaction in your dog that may not be readily apparent. I’m no scientist, I am not a vet, but I loved my dog and he is dead because someone gave him one clove of garlic a day FOR ONE WEEKEND and he ended up anemic and dead.

            It is scientifically proven that the n-propyl disulfied contained in Garlic is toxic to cats, dogs, sheep and cattle, so why risk giving any amount to your pet when there are other non-toxic alternatives?

            Because he likes the taste of it??!! Well, it is proven that children enjoy the taste of lead paint chips too… and most of them are healthy, active and “thrive” on it right up to the moment before they become violently ill.

            Yes, everything in moderation…. by this reasoning, we should all smoke one cigarette a day, and reap the benefits of nicotine too!

            Are the “benefits” of garlic on dogs scientifically proven? Then I’d like to see scientifically documented test results that are backed up by blood panels or skin scraps with confirmation that internal organs such as the liver or kidneys were not fatigued or damaged as a result.

            Show me FACTS backed up by science, not pictures of your dogs and a bunch of words. How do I know your dog isn’t developing adverse reactions to it that will show up next week, or month, or years from now? Opinions simply don’t count, don’t care who you are, or how many dogs you own, sorry. Anyone can have a blog.

            Show me ANY test or report backed by scientific results that says garlic is “beneficial” for your dog when it is scientifically proven to be toxic. Double-blind test results would be awesome, this I want to see.

            Me personally, never again will garlic be given in any form for any dog in my care. I just won’t take that risk knowing there are other holistic alternatives for fleas, skin irritations, etc. most of which are PROVEN non-toxic. Invest the time and do the homework.

            Good luck to you all, I sincerely hope your dogs live long and happy lives.

          • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

            I’m very sorry about your loss.

            Without knowing all the facts, as it is hard to just through this post, it may be possible that your beloved dog had a problem with anemia previously, as the the thiosulphate found in garlic is trace. This official study is just one of the sources I found: http://avmajournals.avma.org/doi/abs/10.2460/ajvr.2000.61.1446

            Garlic does have studied, proven, documented, and medicinal properties. This is the only published scientific study out there,and it does warn against garlic… but the amount of garlic given to dogs has to be substantial. It’s the same with humans – if we ate that much garlic, we would be anemic as well. Garlic extract is still being used in many commercial dog foods, listed as “Flavor”. So chances are, your dog was eating it already with no effect.

            I’m wondering if your friend, who shouldn’t have fed your dog anything without your permission, gave him anything else.

          • AtomicMom

            Thank you for the sympathy however, the link referenced above shows that garlic had a negative impact on the blood of the [mixed breed] test dogs and the conclusion of said study under the heading [“Conclusions and Clinical Relevance”] was, and I quote:

            “…thus, foods containing garlic should NOT be fed to dogs…”

            ALSO: What does it say under “RESULTS”? That Heinz Body formations were detected in ALL dogs receiving the garlic extract. Does anyone actually read and comprehend these things? See below the definition of Heinz Body formations:

            “What is a Heinz Body formation?”
            Heinz bodies are formed by DAMAGE to the hemoglobin
            component molecules, usually through oxidant damage, or from an
            inherited mutation (i.e. change of an internal amino acid residue). As a result, an electron from the hemoglobin is transferred to an oxygen molecule, which creates a reactive oxygen species (ROS) that can CAUSE SEVERE CELL DAMAGE leading to premature cell lysis.[6] Damaged cells are cleared by macrophages in the spleen, where the precipitate and damaged membrane are removed, leading to characteristic “bite cells”. The DENATURING PROCESS IS IRREVERSIBLE and the continual elimination of damaged cells leads to Heinz body anemia.

            Heinz Body formation was only ONE of the negative effects garlic had on the blood… there were others listed… feel free to Google the other big words and see what else garlic is doing to dogs?

            There is NO scientific report or study stating that garlic is “beneficial” and should be fed to dogs. There is no benefit.

            BTW, Duke had his yearly 3 months prior to his death with blood panel. There were no issues. I took him regularly as I was concerned about Von Willebrand’s blood disorder, which affects dobermans and other specific breeds more than others…

            My “Friend”? No, she didn’t give him anything else. She said she read that “Garlic was beneficial for dogs…” somewhere on the internet and gave him a clove a day. It was a bulb she bought at a garlic festival. Duke would eat anything you gave him. We had no idea what was wrong with him, it was after he was gone that I asked the vet to find out what happened… because his last checkup went well… The “Friend” was so convinced garlic was beneficial because she read it on the internet and so many people were administering it to their dogs without incident… she didn’t even think twice about it and like you, still doubts it was the garlic that caused his death. She insists she only gave him one clove a day. He was 80lbs.

            The vet says the garlic killed him. I guess I should trust my girlfriend and all you folks instead of my vet? BTW, it took me years to find a really good vet, and he is a good one. I’ve had the hack-vets and the motivated by profit vets, he is neither.

            …and YES, I was FURIOUS at my “Friend” for giving Duke something without my knowledge and consent and I won’t forgive her. I kick myself for leaving him there instead of a family member. I asked her how she could be so stupid to give a dog garlic, just because she read somewhere on the internet that it was “good for them” –

            “You can’t believe everything you read and any idiot can have a blog!!!” …is what I told her during one of my rants.

            Am I wrong for being so hurt and angry? There was nothing I could do. After all, she wasn’t giving him a pill or a prescription, it was only garlic…

            Seriously, I would be careful. Garlic in any form has been scientifically proven to cause damage to dogs blood cells.

            I would weigh what unproven, undocumented “benefits” you feel garlic gives your dog and just find another non-toxic remedy to give them instead. Or is this too much work for people these days?

            You can’t bring them back once they’re dead, and you honestly can’t say this isn’t causing internal damage even to the smallest degree, no matter the dose. You are playing Russian Roulette with your dog. Good luck. I have no investment in what other pet owners decide to feed their dogs, good for you if you feed your dog garlic and you notice positive results, but keep it to yourself or at least mention it is a known to be TOXIC to pets, and farm animals.

            Furthermore, blood abnormalities will almost always affect the circulatory organs, [liver, heart, spleen and kidneys], but usually the liver and spleen. You cannot guarantee that a steady dose of garlic…

            [scientifically proven to affect the blood negatively in dogs…]

            …isn’t causing some long term distress to the major organs of your pet. Just like smoking… chances are you won’t drop dead from it today or tomorrow, but it is scientifically proven to be dangerous and cause cancer, so why smoke?

            Because someone with a blog on the internet says one cigarette a day clears acne or keeps bugs away or thrives on cigarettes?! It doesn’t clear acne, there is no scientific proof, but hey – a few people have seen good results from cigarette smoking… See how ridiculous this is?

            FYI: Did you know there are several internet articles and blogs that tout the “benefits of nicotine” ?

            Seriously.

            I find this article uneducated and irresponsible. All dogs are not equal and to push a known and scientifically documented toxic substance on unsuspecting pet owners when you KNOW this can be life threatening is disconcerting.

          • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

            “Heinz body formation, an increase in erythrocyte-reduced glutathione concentration, and eccentrocytes were also detected in these dogs. However, no dog developed hemolytic anemia.” You left out that last part of your analysis of the report.

            As you can see, in this study, the dogs that were tested in this study were overdosed daily (6 times more than holistic suggestion as per Dr Pitcairn) for a full week and they didn’t die or develop hemolytic anemia.

            The report finishes with “The constituents of garlic have the potential to oxidize erythrocyte membranes and hemoglobin, inducing hemolysis associated with the appearance of eccentrocytes in dogs. Thus, foods containing garlic should not be fed to dogs. Eccentrocytosis appears to be a major diagnostic feature of garlic-induced hemolysis in dogs.” So basically – it could happen if you feed your dog 6 times the recommended dose. This is the study that most use as the basis for adding garlic into the list of toxins for dogs.

            With any kind of research, you need to take into account all the factors, not just a suggestion that’s not conclusive.

            With this comment, I’m not trying to discount your experience. In some breeds and those with pre-existing conditions, garlic could be dangerous… but I’m hard pressed to find any conclusive studies that say this for sure. I am merely stating my research practices. I choose to read the report as a whole, not just parts, while following the advice of my own vet, as well as critically acclaimed vets who have spent much of their carrier to the research of holistic medicines. I believe that we need both holistic and pharmaceutical treatments, and they can work together to provide health benefits for dogs.

          • AtomicMom

            When I asked for a report outlining what benefit comes from feeding dogs garlic, you responded with a link to a report that states dogs that were fed an amount of garlic had a negative effect on the blood.

            The conclusion of said report was “garlic should NOT be fed to dogs.”

            Just because the amount administered in the test did not kill them, doesn’t mean this is a good thing to give them, and still – NO BENEFITS of administering garlic were ever noted.

            Like the ‘smoking cigarettes’ analogy. Nobody dies from smoking one cigarette a day either.

            Furthermore, the aforementioned report does NOT say the test dogs were “overdosed” on garlic – this is your assumption.

            Again, I have no investment in what anyone decides to feed their pets, but I still think it irresponsible to tout the benefits of a known toxin without a STRONG WARNING to pet owners.

          • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

            1. The researchers who conducted this study don’t state their methods for reaching a testing dose of 1.25 ml of garlic extract. How did they come up with this number? Why was it pure garlic extract? Did they even know they were overdosing? And because they were overdosing, how could they hope to have any benefits? My hope is that they will run this study again, with the proper dosage amounts, as laid out by qualified practitioners.
            2. The numbers that I cite are from Dr. Pitcairn, who has been researching natural remedies and garlic for decades, and is considered a world-renown expert in holistic medicine.
            So no, it’s not an assumption. It’s a practice that countless vets and respected dog food manufacturers worldwide put into practice.
            3. This article talks about my experience with garlic, why I use it on my dogs, and the importance of dosage. There is a link to the study, a chart from Dr. Pitcairn with dosage amounts, when you shouldn’t give dogs garlic and a recommendation to talk to your vet.

          • Dave Gale

            I’m sorry but to suggest that the cause of your dog’s sad demise was a clove of garlic a day for a week (weekend in other reference) defies all logic. There MUST have been some other underlying cause. I have a Rottweiler and a Jack Russell both of whom have thrived on sharing a clove of garlic 5 days a week. The Rottie in particular had terrible, persistent skin issues that prescription medication made infinitely worse. Since starting on garlic their coats have never been healthier.

          • AtomicMom

            Hi Dave,

            I did not “suggest” nor did I draw my own conclusion. I paid for an autopsy and testing to determine just what happened to my dog, since his last visit was stellar.

            What I type above is what MY VET told me. There is another vet commenting on this thread from Norway that also echos the warning of feeding garlic to dogs. No doubt he has more experience with dogs than all of us combined.

            Good for you if you have a doberman and you feed him garlic and he still lives. Like I said, I have no investment in what anyone else decides is best for their pet, but don’t ask me to agree with these theories or speculations based on my experience. Despite the protests, I still find this article is not backed up by any scientific facts, uneducated and irresponsible reporting at best.

            I find it illogical that people feed a known toxin to their dogs because a few pet owners have theorized garlic is somehow beneficial to them.

            Just because a small number of people have good results doesn’t mean this is something everyone should feed to their pets, and I doubt your dogs are not suffering from some internal damage as a result of their ingesting garlic. Just because the skin looks good and responds to garlic does not mean there isn’t damage happening on the inside.

            A girlfriend of mine had bad skin and acne issues all her life. She developed breast cancer. She underwent chemotherapy. The chemotherapy cleared up her skin… [which is a known side effect]. Chemotherapy is a poison, and is toxic. Chemo is used to kill cells inside the body. Internal issues will sometimes clear up the skin in some people.

            Creating an internal issue will almost always clear up a dog’s skin too. Destroying their immune system with a steroid will too. It is my hope that you are taking your pets for their yearly with a blood panel and confirming there are no internal issues that may eventually become serious and/or life threatening.

            Garlic is a toxic to dogs and the tests show it clearly damages their blood cells.

            Good luck to you and your dogs.

          • Dave Gale

            There’s no personal pronoun in my post. I’m assuming that your autopsy / vet suggested that a relatively small amount garlic was the cause of your dog’s death. The wider tests that you quote that cite damage are for quantities of garlic way in excess of what is being referenced in this blog. Water consumed in excess quantities is also lethal.

            This is the same profession that has been neutering Rottweiler bitches at less than two years old which is now evidenced as delivering a one in four chance of cancer. A brief example of a death sentence imposed by the learned professionals.

          • AtomicMom

            No need for assumptions.

            My vet said it was cardiac arrest as a result of hemolytic anemia. His last blood panel showed no causes for concern. He asked if there was a chance Duke ingested something other than his dog food.

            I know for a fact he didn’t get into anything other than his food and treats when he was with me, so I asked the friend that was watching him and got ‘No… oh, I gave him some garlic, but that can’t be it… I read it online that garlic was good for them…’ ad nauseam.

            Vet says garlic can do this to a dog… I don’t recall the vet telling me that he needed to ingest a certain amount of garlic. He simply said garlic is toxic to dogs, and I didn’t think to ask “Gee… well, how much garlic”?

            Truth is I have no idea how much she gave him, I wasn’t there. She had
            him one week. She went to a garlic festival on Saturday and told me she
            gave him a couple of cloves from this hybrid garlic bulb called
            “Music” that she purchased from said festival.

            Yes, the AVMA report discloses the exact amount of garlic extract given and that none of the mixed-breed dogs died. If this makes you feel “warm and fuzzy” about giving garlic to your dogs, I really don’t care.

            At the same time, I really hope this doesn’t happen to you either. It is horrible and tragic and I wouldn’t wish this on you… yeah, YOU.

            And one more thing… You are preaching to the choir when it comes to vets. I don’t like most of them and I don’t like putting my animals on prescriptions for issues that can be resolved with diet or other remedies. I would never subject an animal to any surgery at any age unless it was a critical issue and the animal’s survival depended upon it.

            I ask questions and I seek second and third opinions, but I refuse to believe this “benefits of garlic” nonsense without some hard facts and a strong confirmation that internal organs are not subjected to any damage as a result of ingesting a steady flow of garlic, no matter the amount.

            Take what you want and leave the rest.

          • Dave Gale

            I’m not going to pass any kind of judgment on your individual case. there are simply too many variables, not least there being a degree of uncertainty as to exactly what was fed to your dog. However, Dobermans and a few other breeds have a genetic predilection towards hemolytic anemia which can come on suddenly and can cause heart failure. Personally, I would be loathe to point the finger at a friend when there is a raft of evidence to demonstrate Doberman deaths occurring exactly as you have described without garlic being involved.

          • Jaquie Meme

            AtomicMom, here is my suggestion … You say the ONLY evidence of your dog’s demise is what your vet said. Vets are wrong. ALL the time. You seem intelligent. An intelligent person believing that a week’s, or weekend’s worth of garlic can kill an 80lb dog, even WHILE citing the test that shows that 6xs this amount did bot kill other dogs, sounds a little ‘off’. It sounds as if you are truly hurt, HOWEVER, if I were you, I would very much put that energy into finding out what ELSE may have been the culprit. Don’t get angry please, and hear me out. 1. If a masked man came in and killed your husband and someone was apprehended outside with a mask but witnesses said it wasn’t him, what/which would you believe? If it were me, I would leave no stone un-turned in trying to find out who the REAL murderer was and not rely on what is easier to believe. I’d want the TRUE culprit apprehended and dealt with so that this could NEVER happen to anyone else again. 2. You seem to have loved your dog, as we all do. You seem to not want anything bad to happen to anyone else’s pet. Yet you seem completely oblivious to the true and tried accounts offered up here and on other sites from actual people that garlic has HELPED. If Garlic actually IS a cure, and not a poison … shouldn’t it be worth the life of even ONE dog to make sure YOU have your information right and that you are not propagating bad propaganda? The ONLY people I have EVER seen, besides you, trying to dissuade the use of garlic are people and organizations that stand to LOSE money if people opted for the use of garlic and not other treatments. All I am saying, is keep your mind OPEN and expend that energy into finding the TRUTH, one way or another and not just sitting on what you think one vet told you.

          • AtomicMom

            Dear PetGuide:

            Allow me to quote the author of the article above: “Garlic does have studied, proven, documented, and medicinal properties.”

            Please show me the “studied, proven, documented and medicinal properties” garlic has ON DOGS.

            Again, the author flippantly says they are “proven”, “documented” or “known” however, the only report attached includes disturbing information on what garlic actually does to dogs and the conclusion of said report is NOT TO FEED DOGS GARLIC. It doesn’t say small amounts are ok… it just says DON’T DO IT.

            Flip comments about correct dosage and that said dosages do not cause anemia, and Dr. Pitcairn said it’s ok… are not proven facts, backed by test results. You would think a vet would want to back up his claims with medical facts?

            I don’t mean to be difficult, I just find it astounding that people would believe this and risk giving garlic to their beloved pets without due diligence and some proof.

            The article: “The Truth About Dogs and Garlic”, in parts is simply UNTRUE. Maybe it is the small slice of what the author believes to be true for them and their dog, but there is no basis in fact.

            The article above touts the following benefits of garlic on dogs:

            1. “Tick/Flea Repellent.”

            ** Maybe some folks have success with this, but feeding a dog regular doses of garlic is dangerous. Why not find something else to use like DILUTED apple cider vinegar sprayed on the coat? Is your dog getting proper nutrition, and proper amounts of vitamin B? Get your vitamin B’s in check and see how most bugs leave you alone. Please!!! Talk to your vet and check other methods before blindly administering Garlic to your pet in any amount.

            2. The article says: “Immune System Boost: Garlic has “proven” to do wonders with dogs with suppressed immune systems and as well has those fighting cancer. It gives a boost to bloodstream cells that kill bad microbes and cancer cells.”

            ** FALSE!!!!!! SHOW ME THE PROOF. Especially since the paragraph reads that “Garlic has proven to….” When I asked for this the first time I was given a link to an AVMA report that scientifically contradicts this statement entirely. The report shows garlic irreversibly damages the blood by:

            A. Reducing the Red Blood Cell Count; Reducing the Hematocrit; Reducing the Hemoglobin; Reducing beneficial glutathione; and

            B. Creating eccentrocyctes. [see below for definitions]

            Where is the PROOF that ‘garlic boosts the bloodstream cells’ in ANY amount?”

            Glutathione is an important antioxidant present in animals. It prevents damage to the cells. The AVMA report shows that garlic destroys glutathione in dogs… So where is this proof that garlic in any amount is good when garlic destroys the very thing that protects damage to a dog’s cells?

            Eccentrocyctes present in a dog’s blood test is a precursor and has been linked to T-Cell Lymphoma, along with other serious diseases. Dogs that consume garlic will have Eccentrocyctes in their blood… and…

            Lymphoma IS Cancer, so how can garlic [which has been shown to create a condition that can lead to Lymphoma] suddenly be good for Cancer? I’m no doctor, but I’m quite skeptical… I’d like to see this proof.

            Furthermore: There are no tests conducted on dogs for any “safe” amounts of garlic, why? Because garlic is toxic and simply unsafe for dogs. THIS is what is proven and true. Just because you don’t see immediate adverse reactions, doesn’t mean you’re not creating internal damage that will surface years from now. Play it safe and avoid garlic, is it really such a big deal?

            3. The article says: “Liver Boost: Garlic is known to have detoxifying effects, which can help the liver get rid of toxins from the body.”

            *******THIS IS FALSE FOR DOGS!!!!!!!! AGAIN: Garlic is scientifically shown to reduce beneficial glutathione in dogs. A constant reduction of glutathione over time is linked to liver damage and hepatitis. This IS tested and proven. There is no dosage amount proven to be beneficial and no testing that will support benefits of garlic in dogs. Just because your dog doesn’t drop dead after a clove or two of garlic, doesn’t mean you aren’t creating another problem here. You’ve been warned.

            The statement: “Garlic is known” is not proof, nor is it “Truth”.

            Garlic does not have a detoxifying effect on dogs, the AVMA report simply states that Garlic IS THE TOXIN.

            4. The article says, “Fights Bacterial, Viral, and Fungal Infections: Bacteria, virus and fungi are no match for garlic! With its potent antimicrobial and antibiotic properties, it fights parasites and protozoan organisms as well.”

            *** For humans, yes. For DOGS? Again…SHOW ME.

            The only report given me shows the damage garlic does to the blood and immune system of dogs with a conclusion that garlic should NOT be fed to dogs. Does the dosage matter? If yes, then again, show me the new report. You would think there would be at least one… right?

            5. The article says, “Lowers Blood Cholesterol and Triglyceride: Mix the proper dose of uncooked garlic with your dog’s food and it can help lower blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels.”

            ****Are you KIDDING ME? Where did you get this information??!!*** The AVMA report given SAYS NOTHING OF THE SORT. Please show me documented proof that a dog was administered any dose of garlic and it lowered its blood cholesterol and triglyceride, before this statement was slapped up on a website for anyone to read. Lack thereof is simply unethical. Garlic doesn’t “HELP” do anything of this sort in dogs.

            PS: Many marketing companies will use the terminology … this [product] “HELPS” fight [issue]. When something “helps” it does not mean it actually does anything. Watch out for this devious phrase, the key word being it “helps” do this or that… you will see it often, especially with wrinkle creams.

            6. The article says, “Cardiovascular Boost: Wonderful in older and overweight dogs, garlic can prevent blood clots, and reduce cholesterol levels and fat build up in the arteries.”

            ****Again this is an unsubstantiated claim, please show me the test results where an older, overweight DOG prone to blood clots, with high cholesterol levels and fat build up in the arteries reaped the benefits of garlic. This should be pretty easy. If I were a vet, and I wrote a book about it, I would be excited and want to prove it with a test subject and lab work that backs up this claim. Would love to see that, but I highly doubt anything like this exists.

            The AVMA report linked to above states that the administration of garlic ACTUALLY has the following EFFECTS:

            a. Lowers Erythrocyte Count – or lowered the RBC [red blood cells] thus a DESTRUCTION of Red Blood Cells, which means less oxygen carrying red blood cells available to nourish internal organs. The lowest numbers happening on days 9 – 11 after administering garlic extract. i.e. Garlic does NOT ‘Boost’ the blood, it destroys the red blood cells. period. Does the dosage matter here? Obviously this is what garlic does to a dog’s blood.

            b. Lowered HTC Count – or lowered Hematocrit – Hematocrit is the percentage of red blood cells in the blood. Garlic lowers the Hematocrit.

            c. Lowered Hemoglobin – Hemoglobin is the iron containing oxygen-transport protein. This is what carries oxygen from the lungs to the organs and carbon dioxide back to the lungs for elimination. Other cells that contain hemoglobin include the A9 dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra, macrophages, alveolar cells, and mesangial cells in the kidney. In these tissues, hemoglobin has a non-oxygen-carrying function as an antioxidant and a regulator of iron metabolism.

            NO BENEFIT HERE, but what about future Kidney damage? hmmm. Prove to me that systematic smaller doses of garlic on dogs, (which has been proven to lower the hemoglobin) is not detrimental to the kidneys, especially since proper levels of hemoglobin is essential for proper kidney function? How can the author of this article even guarantee such a thing is not happening? They can’t, but to turn it around and say garlic is a ‘benefit’ without some sort of scientific back up or report with blood panels? That’s irresponsible.

            d. Reduced Glutathione – Glutathione is an antioxidant that prevents damage to cells. The AVMA test shows that administration of garlic DESTROYS THIS BENEFICIAL ANTIOXIDANT IN DOGS. Important note: it HAS been documented that “reduced Glutathione” levels is a precursor for several liver diseases, including hepatitis. So… how is there suddenly a “liver boost” with smaller amounts of garlic? OK, your dog isn’t dead…. yet? -or- I’m not giving him enough to kill him quickly? Do dogs build up an immunity to small doses of garlic toxins and suddenly there is a benefit? There is no report anywhere that explains this conundrum? All I see are reports that reduced glutathione via garlic consumption increases risk of liver diseases.

            e. Eccentrocytes Detected – this is a studied blood abnormality in DOGS where the RBCs shift to one side of the cell. This abnormality is induced by oxidative damage or ingestion of Garlic. The significance of eccentrocytes should not be underestimated. There is an association between Eccentrocytes and Diabetes, T-Cell Lymphoma and vitamin K antagonist intoxication.

            BTW… Lymphoma is Cancer. Garlic causes the appearance of Eccentrocytes in the dog’s blood, which is not a good thing.

            So… where’s the PROOF of these “proven benefits” of dosing your dog with a known toxin?

            Still waiting…

          • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

            AtomicMom,

            Again, pointing out that you are not reading my responses, I can’t keep responding back saying the same thing. We could go back and forth, asking each other to show us proof, “my vet said this, your vet said that, you’re sources are wrong.” We’re obviously going to have to disagree on our belief of the concept. You can choose to read the books that I’ve sourced in the article – I’m pretty sure that if I copy and paste the passages for arguments, it’s copyright. You can also choose to dismiss all the stories listed on here and countless other sites where dogs rebound from a life-threatening illness after the administration of garlic.

            My point, with this conversation, is that the study came up with a dosage that’s totally out of joint for dogs or humans. Based on the dose they gave (and a shout out to American for doing the math here): The average clove of garlic weights 5 grams, and in the study, it was determined that the researchers would give 5 grams of whole garlic per kilogram of body weight. Let’s take a dog that’s 68 lbs. 68lbs = 30.8 kg. So 5 grams (1 clove) per kg means that dog would have to eat about 31 cloves a day, for 7 days to match that which was done in the study. That’s nuts. And that’s why I have a problem with this study. If anyone – human, dog or otherwise – consumed that amount of garlic, I’m pretty sure they’d be in rough shape.

            If you choose to follow this “proven” study based on it’s methods, without looking at how they came up with their conclusions, that’s your choice.
            I can’t refute what your vet found, the health or tests run on your dog before this happened, what your friend fed your dog. I can’t comment on that. I know that what I’m doing for my dog, along with countless others, is what’s best for him and is approved by my vet, along with many other respected experts on the subject.
            Thanks for your opinion.

          • Cathie Turnbull

            I agree. My friend thought she was helping her working dog hunter way with garlic. 6 cloves a day minced with chinese herbs. The poor dog suffers anemia, it cannot move, it has mammary cancer, an enlarged heart, breathing difficulties, arthritis,anemia an inability to produce red blood cells and has to have steroids frequently. In solving the dogs problems with garlic created more life threatening and very sad consequences. It is not food for dogs and most definitely affects red blood cells in this dogs case. If you watched her last 6 months you would never feed them garlic. There are much better and kinder ways to treat fleas, ticks, parasites than poisoning your dog with something they have an inability to process. They are dogs, not human and they need raw bloody meat and food that contains the vitamins and minerals they need for what life you give them and what you ask of them. There are great natural products out there but garlic should NOT be one of them. Garlic is great for us but not for your dog.

          • Jaquie Meme

            So was he fed the garlic over one week or a weekend? You stated both.

          • Carly Stepan

            Because typos obviously aren’t a thing.

            Until there are legitimate scientific studies with a high subject count and conclusive results saying that x is absolutely safe for y animal to consume, I’m not touching anything with a 50-foot pole.

            If people want to risk their animals’ health based on random peoples’ stories on the internet, that’s their decision. Some people can be smart about it and go into it knowing that something could happen, others may just be true idiots.

            I had a neighbor once who fed their Basset chocolate as treats daily (and they gave him the equivalent of five average-sized Hershey’s bars every day). For some reason they were surprised when he died because of it. Then they went out and bought a Samoyed puppy to continue their deadly ritual.

            Some people are smart. Some people are stupid. It really just hinges on what education you have. And random pet owners’ tales are not education. Anything that isn’t an official, tried and true scientific study or article isn’t reliable and should be taken with an entire shaker of salt. I trust founded science and cold, hard fact over some “confirmation” from a random person with no credentials.

          • Jaquie Meme

            More idiotic and harder to believe still, is the fact that someone “knew” someone was feeding their dog the “equivalent of FIVE average-sized Hershey’s bars every day” AND apparently stood by while they then bought another puppy and did the same without reporting it and saving a dog’s life. /sigh. Save me from Internet trolls.

          • Lindsey Houston

            That sound like a good start, so we shouldn’t give our dogs any vet drugs, cause they just done the same research as all the shit on the internet.

          • Lindsey Houston

            all science….. needs a conclusion. p.s. science never stands still, it always questions itself. that fucks up vets.,,,!!!!!

          • Lindsey Houston

            what makes you think that a science study means anything? “some people are stupid” no one is stupid, we all think different.

          • Lindsey Houston

            your a fkn idiot!!!!

          • Lindsey Houston

            fuck off. ur talking shite.

          • Lindsey Houston

            give me the scientific prove.

          • Lindsey Houston

            I don’t usually pay much attention, to a post that starts with as a vet? puts me right off at the start, sounds like as someone that knows nothing about dogs. lol, but…… what are you saying? as you said it so nice.

          • Toni Mcintosh

            perchristianbyem just as a matter of interest, I wonder what your reply might be to this article: http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/the-dangers-of-flea-and-tick-products/

          • Joey David

            I’ve been to a few vets in my lifetime. I would hardly trust a vet, why? Form my experience here in Toronto, Canada, they’re all about money and how much they can get from their patients. They recommend things just to make money. One including that crap food specially made for vets from Hills Pets. More on that later.

            One of my dogs had a bladder stone, 3 different vets recommended that he has it removed by surgery ($2000) .HOWEVER, my dog was not in pain. He was prescribed antibiotics in attempts to dissolve the stone. I waited it out and did X rays twice, once when he was on the meds for 3 weeks, then again another 3 weeks. After the 5 weeks, the stone was gone. I saved myself $2000. During this time, my dog didn’t show signs of discomfort or pain and his flow of urine was normal, no blood in his urine afterwards either. So there was no urgency. And here they were telling me come right away to have it removed.

            When I went back to the vet he was surprised and said oh wow, the stone is gone, surprised that it went away not being on the special diet. I’m one of those who wears my heart on my sleeve and I speak my mind. I gave him a mouthful of my 2 cents worth.

            Every time I’ve been to the vet they insisted I buy their special PH balanced crap food made by Hills. And uneducated pet owners buy this crap!!! I see them walk in just to buy this this crap. Read the ingredients, it’s cheap load of crap. Cheap protein source, and carbs. You might as well stop at a McDonalds drive thru for your dogs meal. And you have these vets insist on buying the food to get rid of the condition your dog is dealing with. They even market it as such for Urinary Tract Infections, or diabetes formula etc. It’s PURE CRAP MARKETING AND FOOD and people are trusting their vets and buying this crap for dogs because the food has a huge mark-up.

            When you know better you do better. I used to trust vets, but when I’ve been 3 or 4 different vets and all they recommend are things my dogs don’t need I don’t trust them anymore. I posted more of my ordeal on my blog at joeydavid.me

          • Dave Gale

            Haven’t people learned from the cholesterol and low fat ‘health foods’ scams that big pharma and the health food industry spend millions on promoting pseudo-science, aided and abetted by ‘qualified scientists’ who want to get their snouts into the research funding trough? Natural is best!

          • Lindsey Houston

            You probable make most money from putting dogs on special diets, talking down….. to possible clients and just being totally arrogant…., I’m starting to wonder if you know anything about what your talking about? quote, “I could not care less”, “Do what ever you want yourself”, Experimental medication on animals is NOT for those without knowledge. YOU MY FRIEND ARE A VET!!!!!!! ALL THEORY AND NO EXPERIENCE. DO YOU EVEN HAVE A DOG?????

          • Pat Farley

            Exactly KC. Mother Earth was taking care of us AND our animals long before chemical compounds were introduced and pounded into us that no natural food could possibly be good for us or our animals.

          • perchristianbye

            Where do you think chemical compounds comes from? And there are plenty of natural products that is docutmented to be unsafe, including garlic.

          • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

            I realize that there are documented cases of garlic being poisonous to dogs, but do these studies to show if the dogs used had an anemic condition prior to the testing and documentation?
            There are so many documented cases of garlic, used in proper dosages, helping dogs. In fact, they are listed in these comments. To dismiss them simply because they weren’t performed at a lab is premature. And how about the scientific research that shows garlic is beneficial to dogs – that can also date back centuries? World-renown vet Dr. Pitcairn is just one of those vets who lauds the medical benefits of garlic, and his books have sold millions of copies and are being followed by millions of pet owners. If fact, garlic is still used by many dog food companies in North American and around the as a flavoring in their food and kibble – to this day.
            And many people don’t blindly follow the recommendations of the FDA – who still haven’t pulled treats and foods using ingredients from China from the shelves of pet stores or supermarkets. And how many dogs have sicked and died as a result of that?
            We are not misinformed – I have spoken to many vets regarding the use of garlic and was encouraged to use it. I can’t speak for your practice, experience and clients. I take offense to your claims of animal abuse for feeding my dog garlic. My dog is healthy, has no major issues, and I have seen no side effects. I am not “experimenting” with the health of my dog – the information is taken for respected vets who have extensive experience with garlic.

          • perchristianbye

            Some components in the garlic (and no mather how it is served) binds to the Red Blood Cells, causing the immunesystem to recognice these as forreign. When the body attacks your RBC, then you do get a rather severe anaemia, rather fast. And if treatment is delayed, you die!
            I have treated some of these dogs with such toxicosis, and it is far worse than most medical side effects.

            I make money from treating such, and such toxicosis is potentially very critical, so do what you want for all I care. But don’t say you werent warned!

          • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

            Thanks – we will!

          • Kathy Bond

            If we could afford $300 just to have a vet look, then charge us more for extra testing, then the prescription(s) which MUST be bought at that same vet, maybe we wouldn’t HAVE to fall back on natural remedies…There are no discount vets in this country, unless you are homeless. Even low income people have to give up their pets because vets are more expensive than human drs. And u wonder why we jump at the chance to try these things. For us it’s either that or just give up and take ur companion (s) to a shelter

          • JulesRules360

            Has anyone thought about asking perchristianbye if there are any natural remedies they recommend? Instead of attacking them over their input, ask them for what they recommend. I work with a great team of vets that volunteer their time and skills to treat pets of the homeless. They are not doing it for money and they actually came close to shutting down their operation because they lose more money than they are receiving through donations and grants. They love when people ask them if a certain food or remedy is safe, because they see it as a opportunity to educate proper pet care and they give out a list of things you can do instead. They say NO to garlic.

          • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

            Hi Jules,
            Vets are split on garlic. My vets say yes to garlic, as long as it’s the proper dosage. You have to go with what you feel comfortable with. As you can see with many of the comments here, garlic has helped many people’s dogs fight illness and disease that other medications could not.

          • BoBo Jones

            does your vet push Science Diet? Any dog food with corn, wheat and bi products is garbage.

          • S.

            Dogs and cats that are fed the non-Science Diet popular foods you are referring to (grain-free, holistic, etc.) are still dying of cancer, getting chronic kidney disease, getting infected with infectious diseases (that could be prevented with vaccinations and proper medications), have food allergies, have terrible skin, etc. NEVER feed raw meats or unbalanced diets. I’ve seen plenty get sicj from this, too. Please consult with your vet…

    • Dan

      I see this was 7 Months ago. I was just last week recommended to try garlic for my Chows skin issues by a vet, so it would seem not every professional shares your personal opinion on this.
      As for me, I am stuck on the fence…

    • JeannieCollum

      I’ve always heard garlic is good for fleas and didn’t know it was for worms as well…If I were a vet I don’t think I would want my customers using a $1 garlic clove either, after all me selling the expensive chemical meds would be how I earned a living.

      • perchristianbye

        Well, as a vet in a country were sale of medications are restricted to the pharmacy, I can assure you that your 1 dollar input for a treatment lacking documented effect, have sideeffects causing the body to start consuming its own red blood cell. The cost of treating such, depending on how many organs fail, and how long the animal will have to stay in the hospital. It will easily reach 2-3 000 USD here in Norway.
        So go right ahaed; your vets and your pet poison lines are well aware of the clearly documented side effects of using garlic. Livning in a tick infested area, have yet too see any of these “natural” products having any effects on their targets, but I yearly treat many side effects, and manage to rescue most of them. Though not all: some have come too far in the development of the disease, and the organs are not functioning anymore.
        In Norway, such experimental treatments on own animals are labled animal abuse!

    • Opinion02122

      Well said. I just posted to ask where this info comes from. I never trust anything I read on the net, until I do some research on my own. We all need to question information to judge facts from opinions.

  • Rebekah

    My rottweiler, willie, has osteosarcoma. We amputated the leg he had it in, and give him his prescribed medication. We also give him garlic in his food. He was only supposed to live until January at the most, but he is alive, and running around like a puppy, here in April. I beleive the garlic has helped him fight off the cancer.

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      I’m so happy to here it Rebekah! Hope he keeps kicking cancer’s butt!

    • April Shuyler

      It’s been nine months… Any update on Willie?

  • Mewsical

    I use Dr. Pitcainr’s book as a doggie bible. I have always fed 1 garlic clove to my 17 lb. dog since I got her 5 years ago. I grow my own garlic so no problems with pesticides, etc. My dog is extremely healthy and shows no symptoms of garlic problems. I just heard about the garlic controversy a week ago. I will continue to feed Sweetie Pi our home grown garlic every day. She loves it and will steal garlic when I dig it up if I don’t watch her carefully.

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      Me too! LOVE the book!!!

  • Kelli Wallen

    I have a question? How many times a week can I give my beagle (6 years old) a clove of garlic? Or do I give him one once a week?

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      Hi Kelli
      How much does your Beagle weigh?

  • Hypatia

    This is great advice! I have been adding garlic to my dogs’ diet daily for years…my Old English Sheepie is 7 and my Cavalier KC Spaniel is 12 – yes 12 yo!!!

    Despite living surrounded by agricultural land, cattle and sheep and sleeping indoors all year round, neither have EVER had fleas, ticks or other parasites and the little cavalier has NO heart murmur whatsoever! As I write this neither have any, nor have had, any major health issues.

    Plus dogs seem to LOVE the aroma and taste on their food

  • Mohamed Fathi

    Hi, is it safe to give garlic to a pregnant dog?

    • Mohamed Fathi

      ??

      • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

        You can, but cut the dosage to half

        • Mohamed Fathi

          Thank you so much for your effort to let me know that. I appreciate.

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      Hi Mohamed
      I didn’t want to reply until I heard back from a vet I asked, I still haven’t heard back from him. I will let you know as soon as I hear something.

  • Pamela Estevez

    I have a 1 yr and 4 month old GSD. He is about 83 lbs. He has been dealing with worms and parasites since he was 6 months old. On and off, constantly! I am tired of giving him deworming medication and/or antibiotics. Also, clearly, the monthly worm preventative pill is not working. If I start giving him garlic, should I stop with the monthly worm preventative? I have started giving him coconut oil (about a tbsp per meal) and see if that helps, but he just got another round of worms. Help!

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      Are you seeing a vet or a herbalist about the worms?
      I am not a vet, but in “The Nature of Animal Healing” by Martin Goldstein, he recommends Moneo Helminth and Worm Parasite by a company called Quantum. As well, these also Rascal and Wormwood Combination by Kroeger and Wormafuge (Medicine Wheel) which contains black walnut and garlic.
      He recommends garlic in liquid Kyolic form and diced clives in every meal, along with plenty of fiber to clean out the intestine. I don’t know if this is to be taken with the current meds, but I would have to say no, as this is a herbal remedy, to be taken without chemicals. Again, I am NOT a vet – do you have a herbalist you can consult with in your area?

      • Pamela Estevez

        I have been seeing a vet about the worms. It’s either Panacur (dewormer) or Flagyl (antibiotic), depending on whether he has worms or parasites. Unfortunately I do not have a herbalist in my area but I will do some research on your suggestions. Thanks! :)

        • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

          People here have been having great results with garlic supplements. As well, you may want to pick up these two books:

          The Nature of Animal Healing (Martin Goldstein)

          Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats (Richard Pitcairn and Susan Hubble Pitcairn)

          Both talk about herbal and natural remedies for pets, which go over garlic as a remedy for many issues that dogs suffer from.Both are available from Amazon.

        • F Brannon

          You may want to research food grade diatomaceous earth mixed in pup’s food. I give my maltese some everyday in her food and it takes care of that issue and is great for her and humans as well. Has many other benefits too especially against fleas when rubbed in fur.

          • Amy Tokic

            Yes, food-grade Diatomaceous works to get rid of fleas, as well as other pests and parasites as well. It all comes down to what you feel comfortable with and what works for your dog. We’ve written an article about the benefits of Diatomaceous Earth, and if you’re interested, you can read it here: http://www.petguide.com/health/dog/the-benefits-of-diatomaceous-earth-for-dogs/
            Thanks for your comment!

  • Billi hoover

    I have been struggling with my 5 1/2 year old golden retriever with fleas and loss of hair for about 6 months. He had a bald spot the size of my 2 hands on his back. He was on frontline plus 2 and tried and advantage…. Still had tons of fleas and loss of hair. Started using garlic minced in a jar and it’s been about a week and a half and there is noooo fleas and his bald spot started to grow his hair back. I would definitely recommend the garlic

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      That’s wonderful news Billi – keep us posted

    • Theresa Dufore Long

      Hey, Bill hoover, how much were you giving him and how much does he weigh please? Have no clue how much is a clove size with the minced stuff. Thanks!

  • Mindy O’Donnell

    I worry about giving my dogs any garlic at all because they are so small (4 lbs., 7 lbs., and 8 lbs.). I guess I am a better safe than sorry girl. If there is some garlic in my food and they get a bite, I don’t freak out. However, the small amount they could have would accumulate too quickly for me to risk it.

  • Lily Dorsey

    I sprinkle garlic powder on my dogs food to get them to eat it, and sometimes give them .5-1 clove as a treat! They love it!

  • Dare Behr

    So I’ve been doing a lot of reading and digging into this debate and what I have found is appaling. Yes, its all about dosage but even then a dog must ingest a HUGE amount of garlic for it to be poisonous.

    The scientific study put forth in the American Journal of Veterinary Medicine stated that 4 dogs were given the equivalent garlic extract of 5g/kg a day for a full 7 days.

    In Perspective thats 6 to 7 tsp. of fresh garlic to a small 15 lb dog everyday for 7 days!!

    Their finding?

    “Heinz body formation, an increase in erythrocyte- reduced glutathione
    concentration, and eccentrocytes were also detected in these dogs. However, no
    dog developed hemolytic anemia.”

    “….no dog developed hemolytic anemia.”

    These dogs were overdosed daily (6 times more than holistic
    suggestion) for a full week and they didn’t die….they didn’t even develop hemolytic
    anemia!

    Still, at the conclusion of the study the researchers said “Thus,
    foods containing garlic should not be fed to dogs.”
    As a scientist myself this is NOT conclusive evidence – this is only suggestive.
    I’ve read countless articles where vets have cited this research and say that garlic is toxic – garlic is poisonous….seriously I don’t think they even read the study themselves. When you put it into perspective feeding your dog garlic in the recommended holistic dosages will not kill them.
    I’ve also read a lot of articles where they say that the chemical that causes hemolytic anemia is higher in garlic because “garlic is stronger than onions” AGAIN, complete mis-information. The chemical responsible is thiosulphate and it is LOWER in garlic than it is in onions – this is a fact.
    I for one will keep feeding my dogs garlic; they like the taste and I believe (I haven’t done scientific experimentation on my dogs) that it keeps them healthy.
    Peace.

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      Thanks for your comment Dave and your research.
      I’m with you – I’ll continue to feed my dog garlic as I believe it keeps him healthy and he loves it!

    • losul

      I agree Dave, and thanks for posting. There’s no doubt that people should be aware that really large amounts and/or certain dogs under certain conditions it could be very dangerous, but I find all the hoopla ridiculously alarmist. I too have thoroughly done my homework and I know that small dosages are healthy and right for MY dog. I will also continue.

      One thing though, you said that they were overdosed by 6 times the holistic dosage. By my calculations and what I give my dog, those “researchers” gave those dogs the equivalent of over 50 times the dose I give my dog. What they gave in 1 week, it would take an entire year for me to give my dog!!! and yet “no dog developed hemolytic anemia”!!!!

      My dog 36lbs = 16.33 kg. Researchers gave the equivalent of 5g whole garlic per kg, daily, each day for one week. Amount researchers would have given my dog is the equivalent of 81g whole garlic (16.33kg x 5) daily.

      I have some whole garlic cloves in my freezer, which I consider to be much larger than the average, I would call them jumbo cloves. OMG, they would have given my dog 23 of these cloves in one day and 161 in one week!!!!

      I hope I can get the picture posted here properly, it shows 23 jumbo cloves garlic weighing 81 grams on my scale. That’s a penny and a quarter there on the table for size reference. I give my dog 3 of those jumbo cloves/week (crushed) in his food.

      • losul

        as an afterthought, what if I was given the same garlic dosage (5g/kg) or 5 times the amount shown above, daily and every day for for a week?

        Provided that I could somehow even keep from puking it first, I think it highly likely, that I would show some abnormalities too bloodwork also.

        On the positive side, surely all those inherently and perpetually ANEMIC vampires out there would have a huge fear of ever consuming my blood.. :)
        After all, Isn’t that why vampires have such a fear of garlic? :)

    • sabrina

      I have recently started giving my dog garlic. He loves it. But not only that i have only been feeding him it for 3 days and.his coat seems better he has more energy and has gotten his appitite back. The reason i started was he seemed wormy (loss of appitite, rubbing his butt aginst stuff, eating grass) and.i read on a site that it helped with worms…i didnt realize it helped with so much other stuff….i will keep giving hima low dose of garlic as his regular diet. And he LOVES it!!! Fyi this site was very helpful and educational. Thanx

    • Alex

      I would like to point out, as a vet student going into my second year, that we did learn that the allium family does cause hemolytic anemia and heinz bodies. This is true for any amount of any species of the allium family. Every dog is different, just like every human is different in the fact that they react differently to the things that they consume. One dog may be able to handle small amounts where another will be severely affected and die.
      However, the study referenced above is only done on four dogs – FOUR DOGS!!! That is not a sound scientific study: it does not show a large enough group, it does not have a control group, and the conclusive evidence was based on only four dogs – which is not conclusive, or shouldn’t be.

      • Dare Behr

        I agree completely…. So as a vet student can you tell me why veterinarians across the world are so quick to cite this as their main evidence when telling people that garlic is poisonous???

        • Alex

          I do not know. I was never cited this in my class. My Clinical Pathology professor did not cite the paper. My professor cited a case of onion (I know, not garlic, but the same family) toxicity. The blood count tanked and the dog almost died from eating a blooming onion (one of those battered, fried onions from a restaurant) that was left out. I don’t know if that study was ever cited to me by any of my professors, but they did say that onions are more toxic – but both contain organosulfides that metabolize to oxidative compounds in the blood. Also, including leeks and chives; and can be cooked, raw, or powdered onions.

    • Jeremy Teman

      Hemolytic anemia means the red blood cells have lysed and there are fewer blood cells. Eccentrocytes don’t necessarily destroy blood cells rather they are the result of a shift in the hemoglobin whereby a barrier is formed between the red blood cell membrane and the hemoglobin. This reduces the cell’s ability to effectively perform gas exchange, which can effectively cause anemic symptoms, but it won’t be detected as anemia as the cells haven’t died. Furthermore, there are at least 8 identified natural products in garlic that cause oxidative damage in dog red blood cells. This study was done for only 7 days, which is not a long time when we consider that the average red blood cell in dogs lasts 120 days and the oxidative damage doesn’t appear to be reversible. Eating a few cloves won’t kill a dog, but over time it will put on burden on their cellular processes, and there is more evidence of negative cardiovascular effects related to garlic involving a different mechanism. Many more studies support the suggestion that due to the low oxidative threshold of dog red blood cells, garlic should be avoided.

  • Wilma Smith

    When 10 year old Pekingese was diagnosed with renal failure our vet put him on Benazepril HCI and Rx dog food. Not the tasty food he was accustomed to. I recalled my mother sprinkled garlic powder in our dog’s food back in the 1950’s. I wanted to be sure it was safe so I asked our vet, he said it was good for dogs. He gets tested every 6 months and he’s always in the normal range. So with the meds and Rx dog food we are looking forward to keeping Cello with us for a good and healthy number of years yet to come. He also had corneal grafts on both eyes 3 years ago. The ophthalmologist added fish oil which is also added to his food. He’s also on Rx eye drops.

  • Oscar’s Auntie

    THANKS for the great post Petguide! It’s so vital that this kind of information reaches people as it can overcome such suffering for our little furry friends!

    Our little 16 year old nephew Oscar got fleas. I didn’t go for any frontline etc instead went searching on the net for alternatives.

    We didn’t have a chronic flea problem as I kept them down by vacuuming and spraying natural sprays to kill flea eggs and larvae on the floors- plus washed his bedding daily with hot water and eucalyptus oil- 2 caps. That meant he had about 2 to 3 fleas a day on him at most.

    After searching the net and trying lots of different things to rid the fleas I found a holistic vet in Australia and read his suggestions online about garlic. Half a teaspoon crushed (Oscar’s a 5 kilo dog) in one of his meals and the itching finally stopped after about a week-and-a-half. The small patches of hair that appeared grew back and the fleas packed their bags and left town 😉
    holistic vets details, he treats online as well http://www.holisticvetonline.com/

    I have kept up with the garlic daily as I have read about the benefits from other holistic vets as well. He’s had itchy problems on his feet his whole life. Constantly chewing his feet…….all stopped after starting him with garlic! He was also randomly vomiting every couple of days, non-holistic vet didn’t know why……all stopped with the addition of garlic! His energy levels are so much better and he’s a much happier doggy bouncing around like a pup again (He’s doing little 180 degree spins as I write this :)

    SO SO grateful for this little gem called Garlic!

  • http://www.keepthetailwagging.com/welcome Kimberly Morris Gauthier

    This past year is when I learned about the benefits of garlic for dogs. I used to see garlic tablets in pet stores and I’d be horrified (on the inside, no need making a butt of myself). I put garlic in our dogs’ bone broth now.

  • Heather Scott-Penselin

    We have this garlic plant by our garage that keeps popping up and every dog we’ve had has eaten the top of it without any problems.

  • Alison

    I feed my dog authority brand, grain-free kibble. I mix it with peas & carrots, ground turkey (seasoned with garlic, sweet potatoes, and turkey broth. He always gets a clean bill of health at the vet, and we’ve never had flea, tick, mosquito, or gastrointestinal issues. He’s a happy 2.5 yr old Weimeraner/ American Pittbull mix. He’s 85 lbs of solid muscle!

    • Jo Ellen Lukpetris

      I bet he is a beauty with a mix of those breeds!

  • Rachel

    I’ve been giving my jack Russell cross garlic supplements for years on and off. I’ve given a 2mg odourless garlic tablet twice a day. Is there any guidelines for giving supplements rather than fresh cloves? Both my dogs have appeared happy, energetic and healthy over the 5 years and only had fleas twice and both times I’d stopped giving garlic when they got them!

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      Let me ask a vet about this Rachel

  • veronika herrmann

    Yes I give my dogs garlic, but I was not sure how much , so now that I learnt how much is safe i will continue to feed garlic. Thank you

  • Connie Robinet Stillwell

    Is it safe to give a dog garlic and fish oil in their diet since both thin the blood?

    Thank you

    • Connie Robinet Stillwell

      I found a great site about garlic and how much to give a dog. It explains all the health benefits, precautions, etc..

      http://ottawavalleydogwhisperer.blogspot.com/2013/05/diy-natural-herbal-homeopathic.html

      • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

        I like that site too Connie! Have you read the list of spices that are safe for dogs? I am going to start to use turmeric in my recipes.

        • Dare Behr

          Hi,
          I keep coming back to these comments cause I like seeing that people are becoming more and more educated about the benefits of garlic. I make a raw food for my two female schnauzers that contains garlic and tumeric (amoungst other things). I buy the whole fresh tumeric root from the local Asian grocery store and I grind it up with all the other raw materials that go into their food. Beware it will turn your hands yellow as well as anything else like counter tops and wooden spoons! It doesn’t take much though so use sparingly cause it can make the food bitter if you use too much and your dogs will turn up their noses at it….this is probably more true for the freshstuff compared to the powdered.

  • Theresa Dufore Long

    Does anybody know if I can give them the garlic that I buy in the jar already crushed? And how much?

    • Sherry Harrison

      I put pre-crushed garlic in my dog’s food when I make it each week. Just read the label and make sure garlic (and maybe a quality oil) is the only ingredient.

  • Sherry Harrison

    Approximately 2-3 months ago my vet said my 15 yr old collie mix was not long for the world. Maybe even just days or weeks. She had been coughing up blood and her breath smelled like kerosene. The Doc said this was a sign of kidney failure. She was slow and lacked any sign of energy. Even for an old dog.
    I checked every web page known to me and found several interesting diets to put her on. We had already put her on a grain free diet but that hadn’t improved anything. Not even the dry skin.
    Through my research I developed a mix of vegetables, fish, and oils. I put each item in for a reason. Garlic was one food I put in. We saw improvement almost immediately. Since on this diet, Maizy is eating well, keeping it down and she is hopping around and wagging her tail just like a pup. I truly believe the healing benefits of garlic played their part in this recovery.
    Now don’t get me wrong…Maizy is still 15 years old. Doesn’t see too well, walks into walls, doesn’t hear when we call her from the other room and sleeps even more than our cats. But at her age I hope I’m doing that well. We still keep our eye on her and dread the day she is no longer with us, but I KNOW we have done everything possible to make her final time (years I hope) Happy and comfortable.

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      I’m so glad to hear that she is doing better, and that’s she’s happy and comfortable with her new lease on life :) Although we can’t stop the aging process, I’m all for doing everything I can to ensure that the quality of life for my dog is optimal.

  • Helen Rohan

    I do feed it every day, supposedly we had a bad year for fleas, but for me, with 6 dogs in the house I have not seen one flea, or tick actually. Also my friends lab used to get bronchitis every year, until she started to give her one clove a day, that next winter she was healthy with no bronchitis and lived a very long and healthy life.. I love garlic and have used it for years, and having Irish Wolfhounds whose life expectancy on average is 7 years, I am blessed to say mine are living into double figures so far. Long may it continue.

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      That is amazing! It’s incredible to realize what garlic can do and how it prolongs a healthy life. I’ve never heard about it helping bronchitis before, but it doesn’t surprise me in the lease. Thank you for sharing your story :)

  • Chad Hull

    The garlic was an amazing help and quickly helped my dogs red eyes. I also gave her some YAKUTA it is like plain yogurt. I gave her that in the morning and the clove of garlic with her meal. Amazing her eyes are white again in just 3 days. THankyou for this article and help. Also the chamomile tea bag compress made her seem happy. She was not in pain, but I wasnt sure so I gave her a half of baby aspirin just so she could sleep comfortably. It all worked and I prayed of course to the heavenly Father for help through the name of his Son JESUS CHRIST> I am so happy she is OK NOW>>>>THANKYOU AGAIN>

  • J.Einsele

    You wanna see poison add a Hertz product to your animal, that’s the real poison.

  • Laura Slade

    Hello – I use 30 of garlic powder in a recipe which makes approx. 1.2kg of dog biscuits. Does this fall within the safe guideline of 1/2 clover per 10Kg of dog per day?

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      I’m assuming that you’re using 30 grams of garlic powder? Because garlic powder is concentrated, you have to be careful with dosage, As long as it’s 1 treat a day, that would be safe.

  • Lizzie Nicks

    My 4 year old lab developed a golf ball size Lipoma under his armpit. I have taken him off all commercial food and started making my own. I add garlic and turmeric every day to his food and within 2 weeks the lipoma is almost gone. His coat is healthier and he seems much happier. I have even started making his treats, liver biscuits and tuna bites. He loves it!

  • tosha

    I am the moment do not have garlic cloves (will get some when I go to the store) but my dog has worms (shes a beagle german shepherd mix and weighs about 30-40 lbs) I was doing research on home remedies to cure her of it and came across garlic (she also has fleas so that would be amazing to get rid of those also) I was wondering if I can use powder instead of cloves? (since like I said I do not have at the moment but want to get her treatment started asap)

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      Dogs can safely consume 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder per pound of food 3-4 times per week

  • Mayla Smith

    Hi. I have a large bull mastiff mix that has had a bad skin condition for almost 3 years, (since I moved into my current residence), whatever it is is in the dirt, almost every dog in the community has problems. My baby is one of the worst affected, his tail and backside were patchy and raw/bleeding. I tried everything except mineral oil. Then I heard about garlic so I dosed him twice, 2 days in a row, 1 clove each time. It took a few days, but there was definitely a decrease in the itching and chewing, so I’m continuing the treatment.

  • Elyzabeth

    I think i might just have to try it on my beagle mix because she has serious hot spots and we have tried everything and non of it worked ..

  • Sharon Smith

    Hi there, on the discussion of using garlic to treat fleas I myself feed it to all 4of my kids ( my dogs) and have not had any toxicity effects at all. I use fresh garlic in almost everything I cook so when I feed the kids they get their daily dose of fresh garlic. I have no fleas , ticks, or worms in my kids. Their coats are shiny, eyes bright, and active as weenies and Chihuahuas should be. My weenie just turned 10 in November, and my other kids are not far behind him in age. All are very healthy and flea free thanks to garlic. I can’t recommend this more as a health benefit for all breeds of dogs. I live in Georgia so we have our fair share of flea problems here in the south where it doesn’t get cold enough in the winter to kill them off. If you haven’t tried it I highly recommend trying it. Garlic is a natural antibiotic and is great for human and dog health. Sorry for calling my dogs kids , but that’s what they are to me, my kids..lol.

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      LOL – that’s ok, I call Oscar my kid too.

  • Jim

    My wife Rose and I have a Border Collie named Lucy, she is 7 yrs. old. for a little more than 3 months we have been treating her for a combination of problems, Fleas, and lice. We received mixed information from Pet supply stores and the local German drug store. Yes we live in Germany, and this year is the worst year for infestation of fleas and lice in the last decade, so we have been told. We have purchased sprays, powders, shampoos and Garlic granuales from 2 different pet stores and Real ( RE-Al ) a local retail store, like Walmart. We followed the directions did all the recommended vacumeing and washing of everything that Lucy laid on or touched. nothing helped. I wanted to take her to a pet salon and have her hair trimed to make it easier to get at the little pests. The pet salon that we spoke with refused to trim her hair because it was to risky for her health during this time of year. She recomended that we contact vet for professional help. Before I go further let me say that we have had Dogs as a part of our family since 1989, and never experienced this kind of a problem. Brewers Yeast, and Garlic tablets have always been mixed in with their meals, and we never had to worry. We went to the vet and was given a tablet called BRAVECTO; it is a new product that has come out on the market this year( at least in Germany ) he explaind to us that once we give this tablet to our Lucy it takes about 8 hours to get into her blood good, and with in a week to 10 days any fleas and lice she has will be dead. It protects for 120 days. so should still be active for any eggs that hatch after the current pest have been eliminated. The following is the information about where this item is manufactured.

    UPC 3103 – 819
    EU/ 2/13/158/010
    Intervet International B.V.
    Wim de Körverstraat 35
    5831 AN Boxmeer
    Nederland/Niederlande/Pays-Bas

    The distributer over here is locared in France. We paid 31 Euros for the chewable tablet we received that would be about $35.00, I will let you know just how well it works.

  • Marilyn Stonecipher

    Okay this is making me consider using a little garlic to fight off fleas and skin issues (one of my dogs has the hot spots and hates when I try to put medications or creams on her skin which don’t seem to do much good anyway, and the only flea medication I’ve ever found that works is Trifexis which is very expensive plus I’ve now seen where it is causing health problems in dogs) for two reasons: 1) I fed my dogs “treats” i.e., human food like roast beef that had been cooked with onions and garlic for years with no bad effects until I heard that onions and garlic were toxic to dogs; and 2) I once had a cat that got kidney failure from the bad cat food from china and they didn’t expect her to live long. They told me to not let her have very much protein. What? That’s all cats want. I figured if she wasn’t going to live long anyway I’d let her eat what she loved in her last days. I gave her salmon, tuna, cream and cheese instead of the low-protein expensive prescription cat food the vet recommended and not only did she live, but she thrived and had the most beautiful coat ever!

  • steph

    12 years ago I had a rottweiler from a rescue centre. He had been rescued with mange, flea infestation, some type of skin mite and pressure sores. All had been treated but he still could not stop scatching. He was unable to cross the room without stopping and really going to town on every bit of himself. The vet done skin scrappings and swabs, he had antibiotics, steroids and vitamins but nothing changed. Eventually I tried him on garlic and the problem was solved in a week.

    Now I have 4 white German Shepherds. One developed anal ferbunculosis, a condition which means that small lesions form around the anus and some of the skin elasticity is lost. The lesions are then an excellent place for bacteria to grow and the smell is horrendous. The dog keeps licking but cannot get rid of the bacteria that is inside the small tracts. My vet said it was incurable and the only treatment was an antibiotic which was really expensive and she would need to be on continuously. She was 3 and a half at the time! My own research also showed that being on this antibiotic for long periods did not come without its own problems. I started her on one clove of garlic per day crushed in boiling water and added to her dinner. The smell was gone within a week. The condition is still with her although no worse. There has been no problems with her health other than this condition and she is much nicer to live with and does not lick as much as she did although still more than is usual. She is 6 years old in 6 weeks and is fit, fun and fab,
    I started the other 3 on about half this much about a year ago and they are also all fit and well and have as yet had no health problems at all. I’m not telling everyone to use garlic, just saying its working well for me and mine.

  • nancyb0305

    What about Garlic powder. I cook for my dog and use little garlic powder for taste is this ok?

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      Dogs can safely consume 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder per pound of food 3-4 times per week

  • Opinion02122

    Could you tell me where you get the information for your article? I mean no disrespect, but I want to know what qualification you have for these claims. Are you an animal nutritionist? I just want to know I can rely on this information. There aren’t any studies mentioned, or specialist recommendations. As we all know everyone with an opinion can post on the Internet. Thank you.

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      Hi there,

      Most of my info comes from The Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats by Dr. Pitcairn and The Nature of Animal Healing : The Definitive Holistic Medicine Guide to Caring for Your Dog and Cat, Martin Goldstein, DVM. Both are available on Amazon, and are great reads.

      I am not an animal nutritionist. I am a pet parent and journalist who has researched the ins and outs of feeding garlic to my dog. This article is what I’ve found in my research and what I practice. I have consulted both holistic vets and nutritionists when it comes to feeding Oscar. It comes down to what you think would be beneficial to your dog. Many people don’t agree with feeding garlic, and that’s absolutely fine. Others do, and have wonderful results. Both sides are welcome in this discussion.
      As for specialist recommendations, Dr. Pictcairn’s guide to feeding raw garlic is mentioned above.
      Basically, this article is all about what I’ve discovered in my travels, and what I practice. And no disrespect is taken – I encourage all pet parents to research what they’re feeding their dogs. Give those 2 books a look (you can also get them at the library).

      • Opinion02122

        Thanks so much for getting back to me. I hope you understand why I asked. There are SO many people who publish their opinions rather than something that has been researched.
        When I read things I always question who is writing it and why. I’ve found that one dog food company boasts winning awards as the “best” dog food. They cite a researcher. I investigated further and found their “researcher was a fraud! When I questioned them about it, they got angry and defensive. I thought, foolishly, that they might look into it themselves and pull those reviews, but I guess they must have paid for them!
        So sad that these days we need to question everything.

        I truly appreciate your response, and I’ll look into those sources you cited.

        Thought for the day:
        “The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. ” ~ Albert Einstein

  • Bells

    Hello, I am wondering if anyone has had a similar experience as I am with one of my dogs. My 1.5 year old female airdale/maybe lab mixes eyes get inflamed, every other eye on opposite weeks.

    The vet said originally that it could be a side effect of a disease. He gave me steroid eye drops which do clear up the eye when it becomes inflamed pretty quickly. Problem is I want to cure her eyes not treat them forever.

    In the last few weeks I switched her and her adoptive brother over to blue buffalo lamb food, which they like very much, and then to her food, I add bilberry powder (says to help with eye pressure) and grated carrots and flax seed oil, For a couple weeks, and her eyes still were inflaming on its regular basis. Now for a few days I am also adding grated garlic and a dose turmeric powder to her food also (after reading both help with cancer/tumors and inflammation in general).

    I literally cannot find any literature on almost constant eye swelling in dogs other than glaucoma, but it just really seems like that’s not what it is. Her eye sight is still great because I’ve been catching the redness and swelling same day and combat it with the eye drops. But I just feel bad for her. Anyone ever have similar problems? And any cures?

    Since the diet changes her general attitude is much more spunky. Which is great.

    Also as a side note, the brother dog likes to eat garbage once in a while and has gotten worms from it, and garlic for a few days definitely cleared it up.

  • Bobbie

    I use garlic powder (make myself) with ground oatmeal as a paste when my dog gets fleas. We live in Florida, it’s pretty much inevitable that she’ll get fleas. She itches less and they stay off her longer. She has super sensitive skin so the flea washes/topical ointments hurt her.

  • rhyl

    I’ve been giving my foxy cross half a clove with dinner for about three months. The change is amazing, in summer his hot spots are very painful for him, constantly scratching enough to cause hair loss and sores. The garlic has worked wonders, all I can say is give it ago, it’s not just scratching it’s helped, he has gained weight, he runs 20 hours a day and it was hard to keep the condition on him his coat is shinier and fleas are basically gone. Garlic such a simple solution!!

  • baruchzed

    I am curious about cooked vs raw…my dog friend eats chicken which I cook for us…I put a few cloves of garlic in mine and not in his but he gets some from the cooking…thoughts? Thank you.

  • Obot

    Hi everyone. My seven year old dog is suffering from bad skin problem to the point that he, as a Lhasa Apso, does not have hair on his hind anymore. Someone advised that I give him garlic oil to treat the skin problem. He gave me garlic oil supplements in softgel and advised to give one softgel a day before or after a meal to make sure the oil will get absorbed properly. Another softgel (punctured) is to be applied topically. I am hesitant to give my dogs the supplement as I am not sure if a softgel is too much for a full grown Lhasa Apso or not. Anyone who have tried this?

    • Dare Behr

      I know that this is old but my dogs responded very well to a tbsp of flaxseed oil mixed with a 1/4cup of cottage cheese every morning. I used that to cure my schauzer of Lupoid Onychodystrophy and one of the side effects was that her dandruff completely disappeared and her coat is nice and shiney. I also now feed my dogs raw food that I prepare myself plus half a clove of garlic for each daily.
      My girls are 14 and 10 years old and look and act half their age.

  • beamer

    I use to make my previous dane pork meat balls with “missing link with glucoseamine” and I would always add a couple of tablespoons of garlic and bread crumbs before baking. Then I would put a single meat ball (broken up) in with his kibble and a little water to form a broth. Freeze the rest until I needed them. My dane lived until he was 11 years old and passed from wobblers disease. I would have no problems using garlic in my dogs food mind you – people are making ref to fresh garlic and I bake the meat balls so I don’t know if that makes a difference – but I also never had a problem with lice or ticks – just my 2 cents

  • FollowWongLG

    You can try give supplement containing selenium and biotin. Haha. I gave my dog human supplement. Depends on the size of dog. I gave 1/3 of the recommend daily dosage for kid. My dog is 10kg
    Do superb well for itchy skin plus falling hair

  • David Buell

    I have a bichon frise who is a 4 year old rescue that I just got. The last owner didnt walk her much, but I walk her 8-10 times a day. I think she has vaginitus because she keeps licking herself at that spot a lot sometimes (more than I would thinking cleaning requires). She is not spayed.

    It says to treat it at a vet, they need to do a swab, test it, then prescribe an antibiotic. But the vets here are usually clueless. I lost my last dog at a vet who charged me 4k for an issue related to jerky treats in china (the vet had no idea what was wrong, and told me to feed the jerky to help appetite)

    So I was looking for a natural antibiotic like a herb, because those are things I use, I dont use brand antibiotics and havent been to a doctor in 10+years (or sick). I only use natural herbs and garlic is one of my favs but they always said it was toxic for dogs. But based on the information I found, and after checking the DR out and his book and other sites and resesarch I am going to try a 1/4 pieces every 2-3 days to see how it goes.

    If there is one thing Ive learned about owning animals, is listen to other ownsers. When Ilost my dog to the jerky treats from China, I never knew because I didnt check out other peoples comments and stories and I only listened and trusted the vet. I was scared into submission basically (and spent 4k). But with this new dog, I am not trusting anyone to tell me what to do. I will research myself and make my own educated decision, and it starts with this one.

    Thanks for the info. Ill post in a week about how my girl is doing.

  • Anonymous

    I fed all four of my dogs powedered garlic in their dog food . I seen little magget look worms in one of my dotsons . So garlic I thought …. So I took a shot at it and it’s been three days . The worms are coming out dead . My dogs are farting and burping up garlic lol but it is working . And I don’t have to pay a vet bill of 150$ to get my dog checked out. So yes !!!!! Do it …

  • Jason E Lippe

    I have a1 year old Cane Corso who cannot handle any amount of garlic at all it makes him sick

  • American

    I have to pipe in on this one. I am an engineer – in God I trust, all others must bring data. It seems the only scientific data out there is from this study: “Hematologic changes associated with the appearance of eccentrocytes after intragastric administration of garlic extract to dogs.” (Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11108195, Accessed 04/17/2015) –

    NOTE: I do not mean to discount experiences. They have cumulative worth but on this one, its too controversial to go there.

    The aforementioned study states “4 dogs were given 1.25 ml of garlic extract/kg of body weight (5 g of whole garlic/kg) intragastrically once a day for 7 days”.

    They were given extract so that the dose was standardized. Great. Good scientific method. The equivalent, to make it relevant to folks, is stated as 5 g of whole garlic.

    I googled to find out how much a garlic clove weighs. My references and answers are below (not exactly NIH but it will have to do.)
    3 grams: (http://www.ask.com/food/much-clove-garlic-weigh-217642ac5fd9591a)
    5 grams (https://au.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110518161733AA4Vco6)
    5 grams (http://www.foodista.com/question/KRMBVNWG/in-one-clove-of-garlic-how-many-grams-are-there) (average clove)

    I went with 5 grams because it makes it easy as it matches the 5 grams they stated.

    So…

    5 grams of whole garlic per kilogram of body weight was the dosage. My dog weighs 68 lbs. 68lbs = 30.8 kg. So 5 grams (1 clove) per kg means my dog would have to eat ~31 cloves a DAY, for 7 days to match that which was done in the study. 31!!! PER DAY!

    For comparison:

    I weigh 108lbs. 108lbs = 49kg I would have to eat 49 cloves per day to subject myself to the same study. 49 cloves!! For seven days. I would have to eat 343 cloves of garlic, in 7 days!! If I subjected my dog and myself to this, and then had us both tested, I am QUITE certain my blood work would be in no better shape than my dog’s. (different issues perhaps but I doubt I would be any healthier). So shall we deem garlic toxic to human’s too?

    I am perfectly ok giving my dog garlic (one clove per day/31 kg of body mass, MAX) – for specific conditions – because it does have studied, proven, documented, medicinal properties. In my opinion, based on the only published scientific study I know of, aka that above, the risks are way overstated.

    • Dare Behr

      I too am a scientist and I brought this same study up about 10 months ago in this very same forum and I still had a vet from Norway say over and over that any garlic is poisonous to dogs. Sometimes people really need to do their own research and not just listen to rhetoric that fear-mongers keep spinning
      .
      I have two schnauzers – 14 years old and 10 years old (mother and daughter) and the oldest one is a cancer survivor. They both get raw food and garlic every day (about half a clove each) and when I take them to the vet for a annual checkup (NO shots – titer tested only) the vet always comments on how much energy they have and they look and act HALF their age.
      There is NO SCIENTIFIC evidence that garlic fed in the amounts that everyone here is feeding them, is poisonous to dogs….. PERIOD!

      • American

        And American veterinary science organizations AND the FDA still claim that feeding a raw diet is “dangerous”…..

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      Wow – great comment, well documented! Thanks for your contribution.

    • American

      To add more info for folks…. I was doing this research because my dog had a bacterial infection in her colon. Second time in her life, and its a bear to get under control because she has antibiotic resistant bacteria in her digestive tract. She went through two antibiotics for a total of 17 days of treatment last time. This time we were headed into the third round (14 days of antibiotic use behind us) of ever increasing strength antibiotics when I was doing research on what natural things I could give her to help/boost, the effect when I stumbled on garlic, repeatedly, as a great natural antibiotic. I reviewed everything I could find and wrote the post above……. I didn’t get that third prescription, I started giving her garlic ever twelve hours. Total dose of ~5 grams administered in two 12 hours doses (2.5g/12 hrs) , and then down to 2 grams every 12 hours. Within 30 hours her stool was solid – something she had not had for over a MONTH at that point, through two cycles of different antibiotics even! Solid stool 30 hours after the first dose of garlic!. Fluke? no. I administered the garlic for seven days, as if it were a prescription antibiotic. I stopped after seven days. And JUST LIKE with the antibiotics, she began to relapse. Within 48 hours, JUST LIKE with the antibiotics, she was headed to watery diarrhea again. I put her back on garlic, the relapse stopped within 12 hours. My dog’s energy was good, her appetite good…. I kept her on a very low dose (0.5-1.g per 12 hours) for a few more weeks…. we are in that still. I believe we are dealing with a spore or oocyte forming(Krypto) bacteria which is why she relapses after the environment is favorable again. I will be keeping her on 0.5g dose every 12 hours for a month or so until her digest tract cells can change over enough to eliminate the dormant form in her cells, hiding, waiting on a more favorable environment. To think the next antibiotic prescription would have been even stronger…. the last one made her sick, imagine the impact of the next. ….Garlic took it down, with no (observable – for those nay saying Heinz body believers) adverse health effects. Garlic- touted as poison, toxic, a death wish for a dog at small doses, substance. With that “poison” in her system, she has returned to the playful, full of energy, and full of ornery, dog I know.

      Just because we expect them to be “experts” doesn’t mean they are….. They are not nearly as motivated to research, research some more, and learn, on their own, as a dog’s owner is.

  • http://www.belladogpsychology.com Bella Dog Psychology

    Garlic is the ONLY thing you can give your dog to prevent the devastatingly, often fatal, Valley Fever in dogs. I give my pack Garlic every other week to every week to prevent fleas, heart worm, and any other kind of parasite found in most dog parks. My dogs have all lived well beyond the average age for large dogs, I’ve been in the dog business for 30 years now. I swear by Garlic and the health benefits listed here, enough so that I never have had a flea on any of my dogs. I freely go hiking, swimming, playing in the fields with confidence that my pack are fully protected.
    ~Christine Ricci~
    Bella Dog Psychology

  • Cathy Gibson Lanier

    Why do all recommendations start with dogs that are 10 lbs. in weight. We yorkie owners are used to dogs in the 3-5 lb. weight range, and I never know if I should just take the 10 lb. recommendation and cut it down accordingly, or whether it takes that minimum amount to do any good? So if I have a 3.4 lb. yorkie that has worms and I’d like to treat with garlic, how much would I use?

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      Hi Cathy,
      So here’s the breakdown for smaller dogs (Oscar ranges from 8-9 pounds)
      0-5 lbs: 1/8 clove every day
      5-10 lbs: 1/4 clover ever day
      Hope that helps!

  • Chrissy Morris

    I have 2 dogs and have started making my own dog food again, it contains mince, potatoe, pumpkin, cabbage carrots, beans, spinach, garlic and rice. I cook it all up in a big pot and freeze it in containers. They also have dog biscuits. I got slack and a couple of months ago and fed them tin food and biscuits as well as other dried dog treats. Was at the vet before long, one having a fit and the other having a muscle cramps in the stomache and penis. Cost me a small fortune in blood tests and tests. Was told to bring he dogs straight back if they have any more problems. Well the fits kept happening and the other dog got abdominal / genital cramps every day. We decided to stop feeding the dogs all dry dog foods after reading the ingredients. We starting them back on fresh meat and our vegetable/ rice mix. Had one fit 4 days into the diet change and the abdominal/ genital cramps have ceased. Both my pets are healthy now. The fits have ceased now.

  • Lynda Hairston

    I have an English bulldog, really grandsons dog. I was putting. Garlic in mostly everything g I cook. We spoil our dog and have since he was a 3 no. Old pup! Ive been giving him my cooking w/dog food. He started showing strange behavior. Laziness, tremers, constipation and sneezing and yarning on a regular. Went on internet and looked up garlic poisoning and found that garlic is actually good for dogs and so many other vets were saying its poison. A particular specialist said on the contrary its a good food for your dogs diet. I’m confused now! They say scientists have since studied the affects of garlic on dogs and found it to be healthy for them and that garlic being poison for a dog is ancient news! Should I continue garlic or dismiss it? This garlic thing has me rattled and our dogs behavior! It can be quite expensive taking him back and forth to vet checking for his symptoms and what real cause is for them. Need help! I’m not a rich person, but I love our dog like he’s a family member!

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      This may due to the fact he’s a Bulldog, a breed that has more than a few health issues attached to it. I would stop feeding him your food for a start. And talk to other bulldog owners – they know all the ups and downs of the breed and could offer you great advice… for free :) Here are a couple of our Bulldog forums, where you can post questions: http://bulldogbreeds.com/ ; http://www.bulldogsworld.com/forum. Let me know how that goes!

  • Jaquie Meme

    Thank you for this. I have been battling with Heartworms for my dog for over 9 months. We have spent HUNDREDS at the vet who seems to be genuinely concerned but totally clueless as to how to treat. He keeps telling us that she is fine though she tested positive, has all the symptoms (progressively worse) such as panting, vomiting, coughing, etc., and was supposedly treated as per the recommended treatment of Heartguard, antibiotics and shots. She is still sick though and just tested positive still. In viewing alternative methods to treat her, I came across some great sites that advocate the use of Garlic and have given her 1 clove each day for two days. Today though I came across a few sites that said I was poisoning my dog. Imagine how I felt! Thank goodness I persisted and kept reading and looking for more information which led me to your site. I appreciate all the info. and will keep her on garlic. Please send good vibes our way. We need them. Jaquie and Desiree :)

  • Fba Fba

    My puppy Cookie is just getting back to his self and I suspect it was Revolution flea treatment. I do not want to use it again and in fact I don’t want to be fooled into putting chemicals on or in him anymore. Our old family dog lived to 13 and I don’t remember her ever going to the vet let alone getting flea or worming treatments. He also had a proheart injection last year that I really don’t want to have him get again, I am going to talk to the vet and ask about natural options. Now I’m reading about garlic and am eager to try, he is a rat terrier(I think),nearly a year old and weighs about 6kg how much garlic would be ok for him and would crushed garlic from the supermarket be ok?also you dog parents using garlic are you still using flea and heartworme treatments?

  • Brandon

    I have a very large blood hound female who has been scratching all over from a bad fungus. It was causing the worst odor you could imagine. I came across an article that said to try garlic. I have been doing this for a week, and I am so thankful to say that the fungus has started to heal tremendously! She does not itch anymore and the smell is gone (of course after a bath) in the past I would have to bathe her every day to prevent the smell. It hasn’t returned at all! I inherited her from my dad when he passed a few months ago, and money to constantly go to the vet is a hassle. She has a check up and was given a clean bill of health 300$ later a month ago. Then, this fungus formed. Thank God for the healing power of garlic!!

  • Terry Collier

    What about chahuahuas. 1/2 clove daily/

  • Alyson Giles

    I have a german shephard (4yrs old) and a staff (13 yrs old) and both have been on garlic capsules and cod liver oil casules since i have had them. They get one of each capsules every night. I have them vet checked every 6 month and have been told that my staff (13 yr old) is like a puppy, my german shephard in in very good health as well. SO I CAN NOT SEE THE PROBLEM WITH GIVING DOGS GARLIC. Every dog i had growing up with my parents, was given garlic. We found it helped with a lot of health problems. Cod liver oil helps with the joints on the dogs and it also helpes keep oils in their skin and coats. HOPE THAT HELPS SOME PEOPLE OUT THERE TOO.

  • forgottenvet

    Whoda’ thunk it! Today is Wednesday, a day in September. It was this past Monday I was looking at the Full jar of minced garlic with olive oil in the refrigerator wondering when my wife would get around to eating it. I like it in an omelet but that’s about it, I have trouble smelling it just opening the jar. We have a 14 yr/old Cairn Terrier @ 12 lbs who like most dogs in NWArkansas has a skin ailment, hot spots and general itching, constant licking of her paws; of which we use witch hazel spray and oatmeal baths. As I was looking at the garlic jar it hit me…’Would she like it?” Knowing the great attributes of garlic for the organs and overall good health for us people I thought ‘Why not’ and while I was at it, I’m mixing about 1/4 tsp with our 2 cats food once a day. I give our Edith, our Cairn, the same amount 3X a day. After the first day, Tuesday Ive not had to spray her down with the witch hazel and she is sleeping more. I’ve noticed too she isn’t as constipated on her morning walks. After reading your posts here on this site Iam convinced she will be just fine in the years to come. We understand Cairn’s can reach a Ripe old age of upto 20 years Thank you all for your honest stories and Thank You too PetGuide.com for being here.

  • Jeremy Terrell

    Oh my god I’m so happy I found this article. I fead my dogs some chunks of leftover steaks. They were seasoned with a good amount of garlic powder. After I fead it to them I started to think about it. I have never fead them garlic. I googled it. Found an article at said even a small amount of garlic can be toxic to dogs. Freaked me out. but I wasn’t going to let one article be the only opinion I heard. So I kept researching. I read in one article it takes 50 grams to be toxic for a 100 pound pooch. I read this article. Thank god. I didn’t have the $600 it would have been to get their stomaches pumped. It would have been some vanilla ice cream and hydrogen peroxide.

  • Noprogresso

    So many typos in this article….1) “When taken in large cause amounts, oxidative damage can occur in the red blood cells. “…what?? How about, When taken in large amounts, it can cause oxidative damage in red blood cells… 2) “As an example, if the dog weighted 40 pounds”…The dog is weighed. Not weighted. 3)”Many people choose to stop at the 2 clove mark, even if their dogs large (75 pounds+)”…. How about, even if their dogs WERE large?? Seriously, I am stopping at 3. You suck at writing!!

  • Rick Huntington

    We had a chow that would not eat his food unless it had a little garlic powder mixed in. He lived to be 22 years old before he had to be put to rest.

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      That’s amazing! What a long life he had – I wish all dogs could live that long!

  • Iz

    My 9 yr old Westie had Von Willebrand’s disease 3 years ago (she was 6). She had treatment (blood & antibody transfusion) & has thrived ever since with nothing else wrong. But fleas make her crazy itchy to the point of terrible biting & licking & chewing her fur off. Plus she smells because of it. One flea is all it takes. I would like to try garlic (like half a clove a day for a week on, 1 week off) to see if it helps. Is it safe considering her medical history? Thanks!

    • http://www.petguide.com/ PetGuide

      Because of her history with Von Willebrand’s, I wouldn’t chance it. Have your tried Diatomaceous Earth? Or Apple Cider Vinegar? These are better options for your dog.

  • Emily Goh

    I give my shitsu 2 cloves of garlic cooking together with his weekly food since he was 2. Before that he was often infested with fleas and some skin problem. I change his dry pet food to home cook adding garlic. The change was great. He no longer vomits in the morning, no more fleas infestation and his fur is lustrous and thick now. Gone are the dreadful flea collar and poison flea drip on his back. What was I thinking ! He’s 5 now and a very happy dog. Looking forward to many more good years to come.

  • Jman Schutt

    Lost love of my life to cancer… 7+k to vets… anti garlic scared me too much to try (stupid me). Adopted 11 y/o dog lacking hair and muscle. Fed garlic… Rebounded, less shedding, no fleas and crazy healthy for 2 yrs (died of stomach flip). Took in 13 yr old dog. Stunk despite oatmeal baths etc.. deaf from polyps and fungus… no hair on butt, scabs and sores on body from rubbing. Had to keep the windows open. Fed garlic. Fungus gone, appetite back, energy level triple from day one (first two days slept for 36 hours… thought she had come here to die). Bonus: teeth were cleaner and eyes clearer. I feed it to the stray cat. It is gaunt despite amount of food and missing almost all its teeth. Garlic settles its rattling stomach and no more runny stoole. I gave it flea killer yester day (topical) and didn’t give him garlic. He’s been throwing up and runny stool. Dumb me… should’ve stuck to garlic. I expect his appetite to return soon. Cross that bridge when we get there. Full disclosure: I am now anti veterinarian. And hey,.. doctors (dentists, vets etc)… don’t hang pictures of places you’ve traveled to on your business walls; it is incredibly insulting.

  • MJ

    To give
    garlic, or not to give garlic, that is the question! This is a very
    “brief” version of how we healed our dog that had a skin yeast
    infection!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    My 10 year old blue heeler (75%) & border collie (25%) mix
    (had a dna test done on him, so we know what he is!) was diagnosed 2 years ago
    Feb. with a fungal infection on his skin (hot spots, spots of hair gone with
    “elephant like” skin beneath – it even effected his ears). We
    tried the antibiotics (zoles family of antibiotics) and after about 2 weeks, he
    became deathly ill. Stopped immediately. Did tons of research.
    DO NOT TAKE YOUR DOG TO THE VET for steroids or steroid shots. We
    started bathing him (last May) 3 -4 times per week with a special soap for dogs
    with yeast infections – then we found the miracle soap – “coal tar
    soap” (we tried vinegar, lemon juice, peroxide mixes, and the “coal
    tar soap” is the ticket!). As he got better, we reduced the
    frequency in bathing. You have to scrub EACH spot to pull off the yeasty
    growth (with your fingernails or use a fingernail brush – it works great) – you
    can see the yeast stuff come off when you bath him. We kept his hair
    short so we could manage it better. We also changed his food – VERY
    IMPORTANT. He was on Wellness, great food, but the first 4-5 ingredients
    were actually adding to his yeast problem – feeding it. Yeast likes
    sugar, potatoes, carbs. We changed his food to Blue Buffalo RED meat, cut
    out all carbs and sweets – only protein. I give him an over the counter
    “pro biotic kid chewable” every morning. Every day he gets 1/2
    benadryl in the am and 1/2 in the pm (twice a day to curb the horrible
    itching). When I get home from work I make the following for him: 4
    tablespoons greek yogurt (the kind w NO sugar), 4 cloves garlic (I cook garlic
    in microwave in a garlic cooker) 4 tablespoons granulated garlic, 2-4 tablespoons
    coconut oil (I melt it in the microwave) and pour it over the yogurt garlic
    mixture and add 4-5 tablespoons of albacore tuna fish (fish oils) on top of it
    (w his benadryl). I have been giving Nicholas this mixture for the last 6
    months and he is now finally almost totally healed! WE DID IT!! YOU
    CAN CURE YOUR DOG OF A SKIN YEAST INFECTION but it isn’t easy and takes
    stubborness and diligence. You have to heal them from the inside out.
    We also used this ear stuff I got from Chewy.com for “yeasty
    ears”. I am concerned about the “feed garlic” “don’t
    feed garlic” but I KNOW that the garlic, along with the bathing in coal
    tar soap, coconut oil and change in food have cured him. He has put back
    on the weight he lost going through this. VERY SCARY but we did it, you
    can too!

  • Todd Nease

    I have fed my dog garlic since she was about 6 months old. I suppose I do feed it to her seasonally… more in the spring and summer. All I can say is that she has not had a flea or tick ever and we have spent lots of time in spaces where such things exist.

    I even got a tick on me one once when she has never. The ticks around here tend to not bite humans, which this one did not bite in. But the point is that she has never had any sort of skin issue or parasite to date.

  • Will

    https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/people-foods-avoid-feeding-your-pets
    http://www.petmd.com/dog/centers/nutrition/slideshows/toxic-foods-for-dogs
    http://www.banfield.com/pet-health-resources/preventive-care/nutrition/garlic-and-onions-are-poisonous-to-dogs-and-cats

    My dog is currently at the vet due to someone feeding him raw garlic. His symptoms align exactly with what more reputable pet websites like the APCA say about allium poisoning. I was googling around and found this article.

    Garlic, like other alliums, causes red blood cell damage in dogs and cats. The problem with the “too much of anything is bad for you” is that it fails to adequately quantify the toxicity of various foods, and the quantity provided here is patently false. A clove of garlic has my beagle throwing up in the vet’s office right now.

    Be wary of The Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats by Dr. Pitcairn, as it overprescribes grains, talks about the values of homeopathy (which is a pseudoscience), and incorrectly prescribes foods which are toxic to dogs and cats like raisins. If you’ve ever seen a dog die from renal failure, you know what raisins and grapes can do, even in small quantities.

  • Carol Marvin

    We have two dogs and they both get fresh garlic in there evening meal. It is helping with the fleas and our little girl dog is 21 years old and had distemper when we got her. It is helping her greatly. Lisa we have been brewing black tea for our little girl, because of her hot spots and allergies to fleas, I use a paper towel and whip it on the hot spot and they dry up in a few hours. The tea has been a blessing helping with her existing hot spots.

  • Andy Bruce

    This is a very dangerous article as well as the comments. Look it up from legit vet research websites like web md for pets. they will tell you it damages the blood. This is reminding me of the 1400s when everyone thought the earth was flat

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