Its not only Count Dracula who is afraid of Garlic!
There seem to be a huge misconception about feeding garlic to dogs.
No smoke without Fire? There has only ever been ONE study which proved that garlic is toxic for dogs. But the experiment was so down right ridiculous I cant for the life for me think why any credible researcher would even publish such a awful article.
First of all let me start off by saying Garlic contains Thiosulphate, which is what makes onions highly poisonous for dogs. However garlic only contains a extremely minute amount.
So let me tell you about this ‘highly credible’ Study which has now branded Garlic as public enemy number 1.
The study consisted of 12 dogs (yes only 12, HUGE) who were given 5g of Concentrated garlic per pound of body weight twice a day for 30 days. This is the equivalent of a dog like a Vizsla or a Labrador consuming more than 5 whole large heads of garlic every day for 30 days!! Which is an absolutely STUPID amount!
The test came back showing that the dogs were showing serious Liver, Kidney and Blood problems. No Wonder!!! Can you imagine if we ate that much garlic every day for 30 days we would have some seriously Liver, Blood and Kidney problems too! Not to mention we would have no friends left because we would STINK!
Feeding one or two cloves every few days is not just safe for your dogs but it has some amazing health benefits too!!
What type of Garlic to feed?
Personally I feed fresh garlic. I think it is much better than powders and chopped garlic that sits in jars for months. With fresh you know exactly what your feeding. Some times I chop it up and sometimes I don’t. I place a knife on top of the clove and bang down with my palm. Then I leave it 5 mins before I feed. The reason behind this is because this allows the health-promoting allicin to form, so it’s worth the wait.
Garlic is a very strong flavour so there is a chance that your dog wont like it. If that is the case then we sell odourless sugar coated Dorwest Garlic and Fenugreek tablets. These are a great way of getting Garlic into your dog. The good thing about these is that Fenugreek is also fantastic for repelling flees. ticks and other parasites. Fenugreek excels the way the garlic comes out of the dogs pores. So really does increase its active benefits when fed together.
How much to Feed?
½ clove for a 5kg +
1 clove for a 10kg+
1 ½ cloves for 15kg+
2 cloves for 20kg+
I feed one to two clove almost every day during the spring/summer and then half the amount during the winter time.
I give garlic as a flee repellent as I have taken an all natural approach to worming and flees. We ditched the Chemical Wormers as Luna was getting bad reactions to them and all I do now is feed Garlic, Diatomaceous Earth and I Worm Count every 3 months (when they are puppies, then move to every 6 months once they reach fully grown). You can see our full Natural Parasite Prevention regime here.
Now you know how good garlic is for dogs you will no longer be holding Fido back from the wonderful health benefits of this amazing super food!