Can Dogs Eat Garlic Powder? When it is or isn’t an Emergency

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We would strongly advise that you don’t let your dog eat garlic powder or any human foods that contain a decent amount of it. As you may already know, garlic is toxic to dogs because it contains a compound that can damage the red blood cells. The same applies to garlic powder, which is essentially dehydrated garlic grounded into powder.

Studies referenced by the American Kennel Club found that it takes about up to 30 grams of garlic per kilograms of body weight to produce harmful changes to a dog’s blood. We estimate that a clove of garlic converts to about 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder. The average garlic clove is about 7 grams.

Based on the calculations above, you can see that it wouldn’t take too many teaspoons of garlic powder to make a dog sick.

Interestingly, some dog foods and dog treats do contain a tiny amount of garlic powder despite the health risks. Some vets argue that a tiny amount of garlic powder is okay for dogs as long as it’s carefully controlled. Purported benefits include anti-bacterial protection and flea control. We, however, haven’t come across any studies yet that validate these benefits for dogs.

To summarize, our standpoint is that you shouldn’t ever let your dog eat garlic powder. Dogs might end up fine if they accidentally lick a tiny amount but anything more may require you to take the dog to the emergency vet.


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