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Garlic is poisonous for dogs - Myth BUSTED!

Now if you do a quick google search your first page is likely to be filled with plenty of websites telling you to STAY AWAY from garlic and to never give it to your dog.

Garlic in high doses IS toxic for your dog however in small measured amounts it is actually extremely beneficial:

  • Garlic is high in inulin, amino acids, sulphur, zinc, potassium and phosphorus. It also contains vitamin A, C, calcium, magnesium, manganese, selenium, germanium and B-complex vitamins.

  • Garlic’s pungent energy warms the body. Pungent herbs move energy upwards and outwards to the body’s surface, improving circulation. Garlic also has an affinity for the lungs, large intestine, spleen and stomach.

  • Garlic helps detoxify the body. It supports beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract and eliminates harmful bacteria.

  • As a liver enhancer, garlic breaks down wastes before they enter the bloodstream. It also helps your dog assimilate nutrients and eliminate wastes through the entire digestive tract.

Here are some more ways garlic helps keep your dog healthy:

  1. Prevents the formation of blood clots (anti-platelet)

  2. Decreases cholesterol build-up (anti-cholesterolemic)

  3. Widens blood vessels (vasodilator)

  4. Helps prevent the formation of tumours (anti-tumour)

  5. Stimulates the lymphatic system to remove wastes

  6. Antibiotic, antifungal and antiparasitic

Garlic As A Flea And Tick Repellent

Garlic may help you in the war on fleas and ticks if you feed it to your dogs during flea and tick season. It takes a couple of weeks for garlic to build up in your dog’s natural coat oil, so start feeding it before the bug season starts.

When using garlic as a flea and tick repellent feed each day for two weeks, then twice a week for maintenance.


Garlic for dogs has shown promise with cancers of the colon, lung, stomach, and rectum. The compounds in garlic increase immunity and enhance natural killer cells. Natural killer cells destroy pathogenic bacteria and cancer cells.

While there are few clinical trials studying the anti-cancer effects of garlic, the National Cancer Institute reports that several population studies show an association between increased garlic intake and reduced risk of several types of cancer.


If you are going to use garlic in your dogs dinners be sure to use just Fresh garlic or dried garlic granules.

Using a level measuring spoon, feed the following amount per day, according to your dog’s weight:

  • 2kg: 1/6 tsp

  • 4.5kg: 1/3tsp

  • 6.8kg: 1/2 tsp

  • 9kg: 2/3 tsp

  • 13kg: 1 tsp

  • 15kg: 1 tsp 1/6

  • 20kg: 1 1/2 tsp

  • 25kg: 2 tsp

  • You get the jist...

Drug Interactions Garlic can interact with several types of medications. Here’s a short list of ones you need to be careful with:

  • Immune suppressants

  • Heart medications

  • Chemotherapy drugs

  • Blood thinners

  • Insulin

  • Antacids

  • High blood pressure drugs.

Don't give to puppies under 6 months and do not give to pregnant females or lactating females. Oddly Akitas and Shiba Inus don't tolerate garlic at all.


So there you have it - a complete run down of Garlic and why you should feed it if you can!

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