Garlic for dogs? Yes! It's antibiotic, antiviral, anti-fungal, boosts the immune system and deters fleas. How much of this herb is right for your canine and why does it get a bad rap?
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.
Now let's talk about the wonders of garlic because I just love the stuff.
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 discourages yeast overgrowth and I see more dogs every day with a yeast problem whether it shows in the ears, the skin or the digestive tract.
Between this page and the article I wrote about garlic for dogs at Dogs Naturally Magazine, there were at least 100 comments from people who have successfully used it as flea prevention for years.
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.
If your dog has a huge flea problem, please know that fleas are more attracted to unhealthy hosts. Check out my page called
A Natural Remedy for Fleas so you'll know what took me far to many years to learn.
A half clove a day of fresh garlic for a ten pound dog is just right. I didn't make this up. It comes straight from the very famous Dr. Marty Goldstein, DVM in his book titled The Nature of Animal Healing.
He also notes two cloves maximum per day for a large dog is good.
NEVER use garlic powder or garlic salt from your spice cupboard. Yuck, it's too processed to do any good at all.
Garlic is also recommended in other books as well. Two examples are 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 are simply accustomed to using chemical flea preventatives and drugs. They don't teach anything about herbs and natural cures in veterinary college.
So why was I shocked to see it listed as toxic on the SPCA website. I
thought at least they had better sense, but I was wrong.
Well, there is the peeling, smashing and chopping that takes time every day and of course we all know it's highly aromatic, right?
Personally, I like the smell when I add fresh organic garlic to my dinner but the time I smelled it in the middle of the night because I forgot to de-stink myself wasn't pretty.
Here's the trick:
I know, it's another thing to add to the list of to-dos. And not all dogs are like mine and will simply eat it out of my hand or in their food.
The answer for my NSP members is High Potency Garlic. This tablet is coated in chlorophyll so nobody smells it. And there is one more thing that has become increasingly popular with that garlic.
It's also perfect to combine with a specific black walnut product to prevent internal parasites including heartworm. Yup, why on earth would you let your dog eat insecticides every month when you've got something natural that boosts the immune system while taking care of parasites?
I also know that all products are NOT created equal. Let me explain and then I'll tell you how to get a discount.
Oops, forgot to mention NSP stands for Nature's Sunshine Products
You can buy one bottle of High Potency Garlic (stock #292-9) for $32.95 or two bottles for only $43.90 which also gives you a free membership. That's a lot of savings.
Add a bottle of black walnut (stock #90-8) for only $12.15 (saving you another 6 bucks) and you have parasite and heartworm prevention for more than 3 to 6 months depending on the size of your dog.
How cool is that? As I explained in the video, I do not give the doses for NSP products until you buy them through me. We cannot go by the label on the bottle because dogs are smaller than humans and the application is a bit different.
And of course I want to be sure your dog is safe.
Because I'm over getting embarrassed about stuff I'm going to share a garlic story from awhile back.Unfortunately it was before I knew about NSP.
I suffered from an abscessed tooth. If you've ever had one, you know how painful they are. 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!
I love garlic and I hope you do too.