Garlic is a great addition to many meat and pasta dishes. You can also season a pizza or sandwich sauce with this aromatic plant. It is widely regarded as a natural antibiotic with many health-promoting properties. Can our dog eat garlic?
What does garlic contain?
Garlic is a plant with valuable health properties. It contains many medicinal substances – flavonoid compounds, saponins, mucous compounds, vitamins C, B1, B2, PP, numerous mineral salts, antioxidants and rare microelements, such as cobalt, chromium and nickel. It is also rich in essential oils, which not only give it a specific smell, but also have a strong antiviral effect. It is recommended as an addition to the diet for people in the autumn and winter and for people with reduced immunity. Regular consumption of garlic also supports weight loss and reduces the risk of heart attack and strokes. It is also credited with antiparasitic activity – eating one clove of garlic every day is to help fight tapeworms, pinworms or roundworms. Should such a healthy plant be included in the diet of a home quadruped?
Can a dog eat garlic?
Not everything that is good for people will also be healthy for the dog! Despite the health-promoting properties, garlic is not a suitable supplement to the four-legged pet’s daily diet. Thiosulphates contained in garlic and onions are not harmful to humans. However, if found in the dog’s body, they can lead to very serious health problems by damaging red blood cells. This leads to hemolytic anemia, the symptoms of which are paleness of the mucous membranes, rapid breathing, drowsiness and dark urine. Garlic can also cause digestive problems in a dog: vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, stomach ache and dehydration.
Studies have shown that severe poisoning in dogs only occurs after eating a very large amount of garlic. The toxic dose is 15-30 g per kg of dog’s body weight. This means that a 20 kg pooch would have to eat almost half a kilo of garlic to get seriously poisoned! However, it is important to remember that sensitivity to toxic substances is an individual matter. It also depends on factors such as the pet’s age or state of health – in particular, the internal organs responsible for cleansing the body of toxins.
Garlic supplements – are they toxic to dogs?
There are many garlic-based supplements for dogs on the pet market. According to their producers, such supplements are not only completely safe, but also support the health of your pets by protecting them against ticks and internal parasites. They are also supposed to increase the general immunity of the dog’s body and prevent bacterial infections. However, their health-promoting effects are not clearly confirmed by research. The content of garlic in these preparations is fortunately so low that for a healthy adult dog it should not be harmful, as long as we do not exceed their dosage.