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Can dogs have garlic powder in their food?
Asked by tiffany about 4 years ago
Dogs do very well on a diet that contains garlic, like our dogs have. It's the small amount that you have to add to their food so they won't be gassy.
What is the difference between a grain-free and a gluten-free food?
Asked by tiffany about 4 years ago
A dog with gluten or wheat sensitivities can't have wheat, gluten or gluten containing foods. However, the main problem dogs with gluten or wheat sensitivities have is that when they eat these foods, their intestinal tract reacts by creating villi (the tiny surface area of the intestine that absorbs nutrients). These villi are a necessary part of the process by which a dog's body absorbs nutrients. Villi are destroyed as the dog continues to eat foods that contain gluten. The dog doesn't recover or grow out new villi, because this is a long-term, chronic condition that can cause other health problems.
My dog is suffering from an auto-immune skin condition and has been prescribed steroids. Can he have garlic, as it is said to be good for the immune system?
Asked by karen about 3 years ago
Yes, dogs do eat garlic, and you can't overdose on garlic.
From garlic wiki ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garlic#Health_and_dietary_uses ):
Dogs have a taste for garlic and will eat it with great relish. The most common ailment of garlic in dogs is gastroenteritis, or inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, possibly due to the fact that many animals, especially dogs, regurgitate before swallowing food.
I don't think there are any reported cases of over dosage.
Garlic can be toxic to dogs. If your dog ingests too much of it, you will probably see one of the following signs in your dog: vomiting, diarrhea, excessive salivation or aggression. Never give your dog any foods or medications containing garlic (or onions) because this will cause an allergic reaction. If you see any of the symptoms, remove the garlic/onion from your dog's diet. If your dog becomes ill and you think he has eaten too much garlic or onions, contact your veterinarian.
From the book 'Dogs in the Wild' by the National Geographic Society:
Garlic is toxic to dogs, and the high sulfur compounds in garlic cause vomiting and diarrhea. In an emergency, wash the dog with water, flush with a hose and put the dog on an IV for support.
The book goes on to give a list of symptoms of other common ailments which a dog may suffer.
And in an appendix of the book there is a list of symptoms of various illnesses that a dog can suffer, one of which is 'Dysuria'. 'Dysuria' can be translated as difficulty passing urine. You can see that it is not specifically the ingestion of garlic, which caused this.
This is a book of a number of veterinary books:
So I conclude that a lot of dogs suffer from symptoms of garlic toxicity, but its effect is not limited to that as it is with onions.
The other problem is that garlic is not specifically toxic to dogs but other animals. Other animals have had the same effects as dogs have had after ingestion of garlic. They have a toxic effect on them.
This is one example:
The study shows that garlic has a direct toxic effect on cats:
So in conclusion I don't believe that garlic has a very strong effect on dogs unless its ingestion is of a high enough dose or a very long enough period of time that it is actually harmful to them, or there is an underlying medical condition such as a liver problem. I think it's a bit silly to state that it 'could' be harmful to dogs, as there are many other possible reasons for symptoms being similar in dogs and in other animals that has nothing to do with garlic.
I do find it interesting how some people make such statements about garlic, without knowing that a great deal of what they say is incorrect, and that the majority of medical research on the subject has been discredited. Some people have even gone so far as to state that alliums are beneficial. This is very misleading and should be corrected.
I have come to the same conclusion, I have done a bit of research on it, and have looked at many threads with links to various scientific studies that have been done on this topic. From all the studies I have read on it, from dogs to people, the main conclusion seems to be that if the garlic is raw, it is harmless, but if the garlic has been cooked, as most likely it would be in a dog's daily diet, then there is no need to worry. I would say that eating garlic will not cause an adverse effect on a healthy dog