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  • Garlic for Dogs: Good or Bad?

    Can dogs eat garlic?

    Many dog owners enjoy sharing their food with their pets. While some human foods are harmless, and even beneficial, to dogs, other types of food can be toxic to dogs even in small doses. There is no doubt that the benefits of garlic for humans has been substantiated with tons of research; however, is it just as beneficial for dogs? The answer is somewhat inconclusive, but here’s what we do know: garlic can be toxic to dogs in certain doses, so it’s important to be aware of what you feed your dog that may have garlic in it.

    Garlic for Dogs

    How much garlic can a dog eat before it’s considered toxic?

    Thiosulfate can be found in certain types of foods, such as onions and garlic, and is toxic to dogs in high doses; it can cause anemia, which is a sophisticated term for red blood cell damage. In severe cases, it can cause serious gastrointestinal issues like vomiting, loss of appetite, and diarrhea. According to recent research, dogs must consume quite a bit of garlic before it makes them sick. In order for these negative effects to take place, your dog must consume 15-30 grams of garlic for 1 kilogram of their body weight. A 3-7 gram garlic clove alone may not do much to a larger dog, but to a smaller dog it may border on harmful effects; therefore, it’s important to keep foods rich in garlic out of their reach.

    What foods you can feed your dog in moderation

    The thought of not being able to share our delicious foods with our pets may be unsettling, but it’s usually in their best interest. If you love giving your dog “people” treats, here are a few things you can feed your dog safely in moderation:

    • Apples
    • Watermelon
    • Carrots
    • Strawberries
    • Blueberries
    • Sweet potatoes
    • Cucumbers

    Each of these foods are healthy for your pet and provide important nutritional benefits. You can even try freezing them to give your dog a little extra fun while eating their treats. In fact, these foods are an excellent replacement for certain dog treats that tend to be loaded with preservatives and other chemicals that can be harmful over long periods of time.

    Why do some current suggestions for dog health suggest garlic supplements?

    Just as humans take dietary supplements to enhance their nutritional intake, some pet health “experts” recommend garlic supplements for dogs. This is problematic, as you can see, because we know that high levels of garlic in dogs can cause blood toxicity. The problem here is that there isn’t enough conclusive research that shows a beneficial relationship between pet health and garlic consumption. We have to be careful when we give garlic to our pets on a daily basis, particularly because dog’s don’t metabolize things in the same way humans do. If you’re wondering if garlic supplements are more harmful than beneficial to your dog, it’s most important that you consult with a veterinarian before continuing to give your pet the supplements.

    What to do if your dog consumes too much garlic

    If your dog accidentally ingests too much garlic, it is important to know that in rare cases only have dogs died from garlic consumption; however, it is important to get your dog the care he or she needs so that they can recover from the harmful effects of garlic intake. Here are a few suggestions you can follow to restore your pet’s health:

    • Bring your dog to a trusted, reputable veterinarian nearby immediately
    • Always follow treatment methods diligently
    • Put preventive measures in place to make sure your dog does not consume garlic

    Dog Foods

    The pet experts here at Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital & Emergency have provided emergency pet services for the residents of Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Chatsworth, and areas nearby Ventura County, CA. We have addressed instances where pets consume toxic substances, such as garlic, onions, and other potentially harmful foods. We know how much you love your pet, and it is our mission to restore their health in a quick and effective manner. If you’d like to learn more about what your pet should and should not eat, please contact one of our helpful professionals. We will provide you with helpful information that will allow you to care for your pet effectively and ensure they do not consume any toxic foods.

    posted on July 7, 2018 at 8:13 pm by Doctor Ron