Is Garlic Good For My Dog?

Have you heard about the benefits of garlic for you pet? We wanted to share with you some information that you may find helpful when making a decision to allow your pet to have garlic. 

First, let us talk about if it is safe. YES, it is. There are a few things you’ll need to know though when it comes to how much garlic is ok.  Some are fearful of garlic because it does have a compound found in onion (which we know onion is not good to feed your dog). Technically speaking a 60 lb. dog would have to eat more than 4oz of garlic in one sitting, which is several cloves, for it to be deemed unsafe. For it to cause any permanent harm to your dog this would have to be done several times over a course of a short period. 

So how much is ok? Recommended amounts of fresh garlic for your pooch:

  • 10 to 15 pounds - half a clove
  • 20 to 40 pounds - 1 clove
  • 45 to 70 pounds - 2 cloves
  • 75 to 90 pounds - 2 and a half cloves
  • 100 pounds and over - 3 cloves
  •  or 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder per pound of food 3 to 4 times a week

Benefits of garlic:

  • Helps boost the immune system in your dog. Great food to for dogs fighting cancer or to help prevent cancer. Garlic increases the activity in what is known as “killer cells” by stimulating the functions in the bloodstream. 
  • Garlic detoxifies. Their liver will be happy with garlic. The compounds found in garlic can enhance liver function by getting rid of the toxins in the body that then are not absorbed by the liver. 
  • Prevent tick/fleas. Just like garlic fights off Dracula, it can fight off those pesky fleas and ticks. 
  • Blood clot prevention. Garlic has a compound that that can prevent the forming of clots in your dog's vascular system. It can also assist with lowering fat build up in arteries of the heart and reduce cholesterol. 
  • Fight off internal and external bacterias. Garlic is a wonderful natural source to fight off viral, fungal or parasites like tapeworms. Use it as a topical ointment when mixed with olive oil for ear mites. 
  • Helps with inflamed joints

Note: Dogs with any anemic conditions or that are having a surgical procedure should not be fed garlic. Do not feed your dog garlic if they have an autoimmune disorder. We do not recommend garlic for puppies under 8 weeks. Puppies do not reproduce red blood cells until 8 weeks. Please consult your veterinarian should you have any concerns. 

Stop in and talk to us about the other wonderful benefits of adding garlic to your dog’s diet. We carry many products in or market including the kitchen and bakery. 

Just some of the products we carry that include GARLIC:

  • Canine Caviar Dog Treats - Dehydrated Vegetable Mix
  • Happy Howies Lamb Premium Meat Roll Treat
  • Tiki Dog Gourmet Whole Foods - Canned
  • Healthy Dogma Flee Flea Flee!
  • In the kitchen, we have Pupsgetti, Curry Chicken and Pork and Sauerkraut
  • In the bakery, we have Cheezer Teasers and Stinky Babies
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