Garlic Flavored Dog Biscuits


  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups bran
  • 1 cup rye flour
  • 1 cup grits OR cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 1 Tablespoon dehydrated minced OR powdered garlic
  • 4 teaspoons salt - Optional (salt substitute may be used)
  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 cups tomato juice (suggest salt free)


Note: This is an awful lot of salt - why not cut it down to 1 teaspoon?

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

Combine all dry ingredients. Dissolve yeast in warm water and add tomato juice. Mix with dry ingredients. Dough should be very stiff. Knead dough for about 3 minutes. Roll out on floured board to 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut to desired size with knife or cookie cutters. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour. Turn off oven. Leave biscuits overnight or at least 4 hours to harden. Makes about 7 dozen biscuits.

By Kathy

December 7, 20040 found this helpful

Another poster on here suggested that garlic was bad for dogs, (one of the alliums/onion family). I have read elsewhere that garlic is good for dogs. Do any readers know which is correct and how do they know this please?

Thank you


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December 7, 20040 found this helpful

There isn't much in this recipe so I doubt if it would do any harm. I've read things from veterinarians in both directions. I think that there were some studies that showed that anything in the allium family (leeks, onions, garlic) can cause a type of anemia because of the sulfur they contain.

It may not be the best for dogs but I do think it depends on the size of the animal and the amount given. It does seem to help with fleas and they can cause health problems also. I don't think a little bit hurts. But there are also many, many people who give garlic to their dogs often without talking about bad results and instead talk about the benefits.

From BoxerWorld

"Because garlic is in the onion family many people (vets included) think that it is harmful to dogs. Garlic is not as concentrated as onions are and a huge amount of garlic would need to be fed to the dog to produce ill effects. I am talking like a whole bulb of garlic fed twice a day everyday. Also if you feed kibble chances are garlic is added to help with flavoring ;) Rocky probably gets three cloves of garlic a week which is a small amount but enough to produce the effects I am looking for. The health benefits of garlic are amazing!

Andie :D"

From Peoples Health Central

"Don't Overdose Dogs With Garlic!

September 18, 2000

Q: Sometimes you get comments from people recommending garlic against fleas and ticks. You ought to tell people that dogs and cats can't handle garlic and other vegetables in the onion family. If they eat enough it causes something like a heart attack.

A: Dogs and especially cats may experience a type of anemia if they are given onion. Garlic could also be a problem at doses used in herbal medicine.

Cats are picky enough eaters that they won't generally consume that much garlic by choice. But pet owners should be careful not to assume that they can use the same herbal treatments for their animals and themselves. "


"Onions, Garlic, & Related Root Vegetables

Onions contain a substance (N-propyl disulphide) which destroys red blood cells in the cat, causing a form of anemia called Heinz body anemia. Garlic contains a similar substance in a lesser amount."

In any case, I am not a veterinarian but we may have some out there in the ThriftyFun community. I'd use garlic with restraint and caution.

Susan from ThriftyFun

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December 19, 20040 found this helpful

I was also told that if a dog get yeast in their diet that also help rid them of fleas! Is this true or not, my dog has a slice of toast every morning given to her by the kids and she has no fleas!

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February 21, 20080 found this helpful

My mom used to make these for our dog all the time. They are very healthy.

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September 29, 20100 found this helpful

As a veterinarian of 31 years, I typically send people over to a store named, Southern States. I believe they have a website too. They carry a product by Excel specifically for dogs called Brewers Yeast with Garlic. It is in a tablet form. This is the best way to provide the garlic to your dog. In addition, the tablets contain Omega 3 and B-Complex. The bottle contains 1000 chew tabs for around $10.00.

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February 28, 20120 found this helpful

I've always been told dogs should NEVER have garlic in any form, cooked, raw, powdered, etc. The same for onions...that they are very bad for them. Is this not the case? I've seen lots of recipes here with garlic or garlic powder in them and now a vet recommending brewers yeast with garlic tablets?

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