Avoid Feeding Your Dog Garlic (Raw or Cooked)
You are asking for trouble if you feed your dog some garlic. Garlic is toxic to dogs because it contains thiosulfate. This substance can damage the dog’s red blood cell, and in turn, cause serious health conditions like anemia. This applies to other ingredients part of the allium family including onions, scallions, and leek.
Will a small amount of garlic hurt a dog?
There might be no side effects or symptoms if your dog only ate a small amount of garlic. The severity will depend on a number of factors such as your dog’s size and the food he ate aside from the garlic. For example, the toxicity of the garlic might have gotten diluted if the dog ate a lot of other digestible food at the same time. We would call the vet for advice to be on the safe side unless it was a truly tiny amount of garlic that your dog ate.
How long after eating garlic will a dog get sick?
Again, this depends on the circumstances such as the amount of garlic your dog ate. If it was a large amount (relative to your dog’s size), symptoms may start to appear within an hour or two of eating the garlic. Early symptoms of garlic poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and rapid breathing.
Can you feed dogs garlic for fleas and worm prevention?
While we did highlight garlic as being toxic to dogs, there is an argument among veterinarians and poison control organizations that a small amount won’t do much harm to dogs.
There are tips being shared by pet owners aound the effectiveness of garlic for flea and worm prevention. We would classify this natural remedy as more of a myth. The reality is that the risks of eating garlic outweigh the benefits. If your dog has flea or worm problems, please consider the proper approach by getting your pet on the appropriate pest control treatment.
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