Garlic for dogs? Yes! It's antibiotic, antiviral, anti-fungal, and boosts the immune system. A vitamin rich health supplement and natural medicine all in one. Learn the correct type, dosage and what veterinarians promote it.
Garlic gets a lot of bad press and I don't understand why. It's been used for medicinal purposes for centuries.
I wonder if it's just one of those phenomena that spread like wildfire like, say, all pit bulls are vicious.
Neither make me laugh and both are wrong. Okay, let's talk about the wonders of garlic because I just love the stuff.
Whether the smell comes through the skin just enough to chase fleas away or because it is alkalizing, the taste is just not what fleas are looking for.
A half clove a day of fresh garlic for a ten pound dog is just right. (See other option below.)
Keep in mind though that if your dog eats poor quality dog food, it won't help as much because fleas are more attracted to unhealthy hosts.
To understand why, please read A Natural Remedy for Fleas or consider buying this book. I have it, I like it and I wish you would read it too.
Garlic for dogs is rich in Vitamins A, B Complex, C, proteins and trace minerals. A dog antibiotic and antioxidant, it boosts the immune system and may boost liver function, prevent heart disease, cancer and other degenerative diseases.
It also helps keep your canine worm free! See "The Perfect Tapeworm Home" on my Tapeworms in dogs page.
Unless you are me, you may think it stinks. Let's say its highly aromatic. Personally, I like the smell and add fresh garlic to everything I cook. It enhances the flavor of foods without using products with MSG which is bad for you (and highly addictive).
The only time I don't appreciate it, is when the smell lingers on my fingers. Yuck. Here's a trick to instantly get rid of it if you don't have a natural buttermilk based soap.
I'm reminded to tell you this because apparently I forgot to get it off my hands recently. That night when my hands came out from under the pillow... well let's just say there is a time to smell garlic and a time not to smell garlic. I kept my hands under the pillow all night.
Okay, this is so simple...
As an aside, I don't smell it on my dogs breath like I do my husband's after he eats garlic bread. Go figure.
In The Nature of Animal Healing by Martin Goldstein, DVM, he recommends:
He also recommends either FRESH or Kyolic Aged Liquid Garlic in liquid form.
Do NOT use garlic powder or garlic salt from your spice cupboard.
Think about it. Garlic powder has been processed so much there just isn't any value left in it. And garlic salt is SALT with just a little garlic flavor added to it.
Note: Garlic is also recommended in Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats and Diane Stein's Natural Remedy Book for Dogs & Cats.
I think some veterinarians are not comfortable recommending it
because they think people are stupid and will give far more than they should and I was shocked to see it listed as toxic on the SPCA website. I thought at least they had better sense.
For optimum health benefits, let garlic sit for a minimum of 5 minutes, optimally 10 minutes, after cutting and before serving (or cooking).
Why? Waiting 5-10 minutes allows the health-promoting alliicin to form, so it is worth the wait.
I had a little trouble at first adding it to my dogs food. They sniffed suspiciously and one (out of five) wouldn't eat. For a short time I added a 'gravy' I made by boiling fresh chicken livers and smashing them into the water. That did it.
Now I just chop and throw it in the food bowls. Two of my dogs will beg for it and chew their raw cloves, while the others need a treat chaser if I don't add it to their food.
On a few occasions I suffered from an abscessed tooth. With a golf ball size cheek and no money for a dentist, I ate 1 clove of raw garlic 5 times a day for 4 days and it was gone. Now that's the power of garlic!
It's also included in my recipe for dog ear mites and ear fungal wash on my dog ear cleaning page.
By the way this is the same recipe I used for my children in the summer months when they lived in the swimming pool. It's great for "Swimmer's Ear" too!
Okay, this one is not about garlic for dogs but I have to mention it because it is so outrageous.
At its spring 2011 meeting, the Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine (CPHRVM), drafted a new policy against raw feeding.
That's insane! Good grief, who started this baloney, the dog food manufacturers? Are their profits going down because too many of us have a brain and understand what's in their concoctions and what it does to dog health?
It's ludicrous. They're worried about bacteria from raw meat while tens of thousands of dogs get sick and thousands die annually due to bacteria in manufactured dog food?
Come on, each time a toilet flushes, invisible bacteria spreads in the air floating for up to two hours contaminating everything from towels to toothbrushes. And I won't tell you the bacteria found on a shopping cart handle.
A healthy body can withstand bacteria (and disease) and the only way to have a healthy body is through real unprocessed foods and avoiding as many toxins as possible. In the case of dogs, that means raw meat and we now know repeating vaccines is toxic.
Remember the pet industry is a multi-billion dollar industry and it's up to us to make intelligent decisions for dog health as well as our own. Garlic for dogs is just the tip of the ice burg.