Like most other pet owners, I love my fur babies and want nothing but the best for them, which is why I choose natural, holistic treatment options whenever feasible.
*Do your research, and follow what you’re comfortable with. For serious health issues, my girl sees a veterinarian. For her dietary essentials, I allow intuition and common-sense to be my guide.
✔️ 6 Ways Garlic Can Help Your Dog
Here are some ways garlic helps keep your dog healthy:
- Prevents the formation of blood clots (anti-platelet)
- Decreases cholesterol build up (anti-cholesterolemic)
- Widens blood vessels (vasodilator)
- Helps prevent the formation of tumors (anti-tumor)
- Stimulates the lymphatic system to remove wastes
- Antibiotic, antifungal and antiparasitic
Garlic has other uses in addition to these health benefits.
(more in link below)
When I say fresh, raw garlic I really mean fresh, raw, organically grown garlic … the kind that stays in the husk until 10 to 15 minutes before you feed your dog.
Buy garlic that’s produced in the United States, preferably grown locally or in your own garden. Make sure you know where your garlic comes from. All garlic isn’t created equal.
For example, Chinese garlic consistently tests positive for unsafe levels of arsenic, heavy metals and chlorine. Don’t risk your dog’s health by using it!
So, again, just to be clear: use fresh, raw, organic garlic whenever you’re supplementing or feeding garlic for dogs. Nothing from a jar!
How To Prepare Garlic For Dogs
Mixing allinn and alliinase forms allicin, the active medicinal ingredient in garlic.
Peel the cloves then mince, chop or crush your fresh garlic and let it sit 10 to 15 minutes before use. Allicin degrades quickly, so use the garlic immediately after the “sitting” period for maximum benefit. I measure and chop up my garlic and set my timer for 10 minutes. Measure out the right amount of garlic for your dog’s body weight and mix it into her food.
A Last Word On Garlic For Dogs
Everything in nature can be toxic in certain amounts. Common salt can kill and so can water. Yes, garlic for dogs may be dangerous when fed improperly, but that shouldn’t keep you from using it now that you know how to do it safely.
Don’t think you can get the dosage right? Don’t want to mince, chop or crush garlic throughout the week?
Don’t have time to let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes before use?
Then don’t feed garlic to your dog. It’s that simple.
The information provided in this blog, or in any linked materials, are not intended as medical advice, nor is the information a substitute for professional medical treatment.