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06-21-2009, 03:02 PM
Ok my curiosity is getting the best of me... I've been surfing the internet in the most amazing surf recliner ever made ( lol). Well I was looking for some treat recipes to make for my doggies and came across a website with A LOT of what seem like good recipes. At the top of the page it said that there have been studies that show that garlic is bad for dogs. I was just wondering what you guys have to say about it. Even if I was going to use garlic for a recipe I wouldn't use a crazy amount. Like I said I would like to hear some of your input. Thank you for reading wave2
06-21-2009, 03:13 PM
My personal opinion.....I think the benefits of garlic outweigh the risks. Garlic has been shown to be toxic in LARGE quantities, and the small amount included in treats, or given medicinally, IMO is not going to hurt them. Now, every dog is different, and I am sure there are some that may have a lower tolerance, but I continue to give small amounts of garlic and feel safe doing so.
06-21-2009, 03:16 PM
Thank you for your reply... I appreciate it :)
06-21-2009, 03:56 PM
I agree, Garlic is toxic in pretty large quantities, but not small ones. Here's an awesome link on Dogs & Garlic:
The Healing Properties of Garlic
Technology can be a dangerous thing. For example, we’ve had a couple of people call and say that they read on the internet that garlic is harmful to pets. Garlic? Harmful to pets? Are we talking about the same garlic that’s been used by holistic vets for decades as a natural flea treatment and antioxident? Okay, we admit – garlic can be harmful to pets, and people for that matter. Then again, so can water. Allow us to explain.
Garlic (Allium sativum) has been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes. Sanskrit records show its medicinal use about 5,000 years ago, and it has been used for at least 3,000 years in Chinese medicine. The Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, and Romans were known to have harnessed the healing properties of garlic as well. According to the Whole Dog Journal, small amounts of garlic not only act as a natural flea repellant, but garlic can be used for its wonderful antifungal and antibacterial properties. It also promotes the production of white blood cells thereby acting as an immune booster for dogs with low or compromised immunity and may benefit dogs with diabetes by helping reduce blood-sugar levels.
What makes garlic so great for dog health problems (http://www.sojos.com/supplements.html)? Allicin appears to be the active component in the root bulb (cloves) of the garlic plant which trigger its healing properties. Allicin is formed when alliin, a sulfur-containing amino acid, comes into contact with the enzyme alliinase when raw garlic is chopped, crushed, or chewed. Heating garlic will lessen the medicinal capabilities, but naturally dehydrating it won’t. That is to say the garlic used in a nutritional supplement, or garlic found in one of our pet food mixes is simply raw garlic that has been crushed and dehydrated.
Despite its healing qualities, Garlic contains a compound named thiosulphate. In extremely high levels thiosulphate can be a dangerous toxin that cause hemolytic anemia in dogs. But we’re not talking about garlic dog treats, supplemental garlic, or healthy table scraps that may have included fresh garlic in the recipe. We’re talking about situations where your pet sniffs out several bulbs of garlic you were about to use for a giant batch of homemade spaghetti sauce for the whole neighborhood and winds up eating 50 cloves in one sitting. We repeat . . . it would take up to 50 cloves for garlic to be harmful to your dog! 50 cloves of garlic wouldn’t be a good idea for anyone, let alone your dog. In the event that your dog did get into a basket of garlic cloves, the symptoms of hemolytic anemia can develop within a few hours or a few days. Signs include vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, depression, and loss of appetite. If you see these symptoms in your pet and you're missing a lot of cloves of garlic, call your vet.
The bottom line there is that dogs and cats can get into many things around the house that are toxic if consumed in large quantities. But, when used in moderation, garlic can be a healthy supplement. According to Charlie Fox, the co-author of The Garlic Cure (McCleery & Sons, 2002), garlic can be used to stimulate and support immune function, trigger gastric juices for better digestion, encourage the growth of friendly bacteria, and prevent infections. He’s seen garlic reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer as well as improve blood sugar regulation and promote detoxification.
06-21-2009, 04:28 PM
That was awesome! Thanks :)
06-30-2009, 12:26 PM
Garlic has been used for centuries as a powerful antiparasitic. We used it as part of an herbal treatment for Trout's tapeworms when the toxic chemical DPoop that the vet gave us didn't work at all and only made her sick and set us back almost $100. Garlic wasn't the only thing we were using (also a combination of herb powders, I researched use in dogs for everything before we started, and garlic was the only thing that was considered "risky") but we fed her a clove of garlic twice a day with her food for three days, and in combination with the other things we were using the tapeworms were gone within 3 days and we haven't seen any sign of them since.
Actually, despite the fact that most vets will tell you that garlic is extremely toxic, I spent almost an entire day researching and could only find one recorded case of a dog ever dying from eating garlic, he weighed 20 pounds and ate an entire bulb of garlic in one sitting.
It is part of the onion family and can cause anemia and other problems in large doses, but for a dog the size of a great dane, a couple cloves is very unlikely to have any negative affects, and as others have said the health benefits are huge.
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