Is Garlic Good or Bad for Dogs?

From time to time on ThriftyFun, the community debates whether garlic is beneficial or harmful to dogs and cats. With the pet food recalls, an increased interest has been created with homemade pet foods and pet health.

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A quick survey of the internet shows many sites that talk about onions and garlic and being poisonous, even deadly to cats and dogs. On the same page, you will see ads for "Natural Garlic Supplements For Dogs" and sites that recommend garlics for flea prevention and general well-being. It is hard to know what to think.

Here is a pet health site from the American Animal Hospital Association that discusses poisons.

Toward the bottom of that page, there is a specific list of poisonous materials. It lists garlic and onions as poisonous, even deadly, but only in a raw or spoiled form. So does that mean that cooked garlic is OK? What about garlic supplements that people are selling for pets?

We'd like to know what you think! What have been your experiences with garlic? What has your vet told you? Has anyone lost a pet due to garlic poisoning?

Please post your feedback below.

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By Cassie 1 Flag

September 21, 2010

I have worked at a vets office since the age of 15 and i am 26 now, I am a RVT, and I have been feeding my dogs garlic for years now and there have been no side effects to it at all, garlic is supposed to repel misquitos so I think it has been beneficial to them not harmful, onions on the other hand do cause major problems and they could die from eating them, have seen to many come in the clinic with onion poisioning, I just did bloodwork on my dogs the other day and it is perfect and we eat garlic salt everynight on our food along with garlic powder and also minced garlic.

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By val 1 Flag

October 4, 2010

My lab-shepherd mix lived to be 16 years old. I gave one piece of a garlic clove minced (in food) whenever I thought she might be having problems, but tried to do it weekly. It seemed to help worms and fleas. She never had any adverse reactions. I now have a lab puppy who has worms, according to the vet, and the meds cost over 40 dollars for three pills. I will use this for now, but plan to give her garlic when she is a bit bigger.

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By Marcia 1 Flag

November 6, 2010

Do not give them garlic! Raisins, chocolate, onions, antifreeze, and yes, enough garlic, will kill your pet. It cost me $1000 to save my beautiful, auburn, female Chesapeake Bay Retriever from raisin poisoning, and I'd pay it again in a heartbeat. But we no longer permit raisins, onions, chocolate, or garlic anywhere in our house. It was only a small amount of raisins, but one never knows just how much will kill any particular pet, depending on that pet's body chemistry. My dog is 43 pounds, but her body reacts immediately to any type of poisonous foods. How can you ask your poor pet if it's particular body chemistry will have a deadly reaction to one of these poison foods? Is it worth risking the life of your beloved pet to find out? I say no! Period!

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By MT.Gledhill 1 Flag

December 18, 2010

I have a Springer cross lab who is ten months old, I feed him garlic chopped into his food maybe once a month or more to worm him and prevent flees (he's never had either) and he is extremely healthy but I had heard that garlic was poisonous so I did a bit of Googling and research today and it seems to me that it is always thought to be toxic in theory but not in practice. In my experience no dogs I know have had bad reactions to garlic, perhaps some dogs have been allergic or have had a bad reaction as it is quite a strong taste etc and people may have assumed it was toxic to all? I don't know but in my experience it's fine. :)

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From time to time on ThriftyFun, the community debates whether

garlic is beneficial or harmful to dogs and cats. With the pet

food recalls, an increased interest has been created with

homemade pet foods and pet health.

A quick survey of the internet shows many sites that talk

about onions and garlic and being poisonous, even deadly to cats

and dogs. On the same page, you will see ads for "Natural

Garlic Supplements For Dogs" and sites that recommend garlic for

flea prevention and general well-being. It is hard to know what

to think.

Here is a pet health site from the American Animal Hospital

Association that discusses poisons.

  • HealthyPet.com - Prevent Poisonings
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    id=133">http://www.healthypet.com/library_view.aspx?id=133

Toward the bottom of that page, there is a specific list of

poisonous materials. It lists garlic and onions as poisonous,

even deadly, but only in a raw or spoiled form. So does that

mean that cooked garlic is OK? What about garlic supplements

that people are selling for pets?

We'd like to know what you think! What have been your

experiences with garlic? What has your vet told you? Has

anyone lost a pet due to garlic poisoning?

Please post your feedback below.

Feedback:

RE: Is Garlic Good or Bad for Dogs?

The site that I have used to find out about what is poisonous to

dogs and cats is www.aspca.org and on that site it does list

garlic as poisonous to pets. I am not willing to take a risk, so

I just don't give my dogs anything with garlic in them. I make

homemade dog biscuits and they love them just the way they are,

so why even bother adding garlic?

According to the ASPCA:


Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pet

  • alcoholic beverages
  • avocado
  • chocolate (all forms)
  • coffee (all forms)
  • fatty foods
  • macadamia nuts
  • moldy or spoiled foods
  • onions, onion powder
  • raisins and grapes
  • salt
  • yeast dough
  • garlic
  • products sweetened with xylitol (04/06/2007)

By <a href="http://www.thriftyfun.com//profile/index.lasso?

profile=thr146642">Persnickety Paula

RE: Is Garlic Good or Bad for Dogs?

I give my dog garlic and yeast tablets every morning. They help

promote healthy skin and fur.

Paula (04/06/2007)

By <a href="http://www.thriftyfun.com//profile/index.lasso?

profile=thr286191">escape4426

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I know my dogs and cats have eaten onion grass from time to

time, it is related to onions and garlic and grows naturally in

the woods and in our yard. I wouldn't think that any plant

edible to humans would be poisonous to dogs or cats, except for

chocolate. I sometimes cook with onion grass. It's just like

chives.
But then again, my dog once ate a half of a chocolate cake and

didn't even throw up, so I would be inclined to doubt most

horror stories of "poisonous foods" that will kill my pets.

PMZ (04/06/2007)

By <a href="http://www.thriftyfun.com//profile/index.lasso?

profile=thr835597">Pauly-Wauly

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I was told by my vet never to feed animals garlic and chocolate

is fatal to both cats and dogs. I had a dog of mine who snatched

a candy bar once, it gave her instant seizures and killed her in

3 days. The vet said all chocolate and garlic is fatal, it locks

up their liver and brain waves. So please be careful

(04/08/2007)

By L Dailey

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(from another feedback)

From what I can understand about the garlic thing and broccoli

thing, garlic and broccoli have to be eaten in large amounts for

it to have a poisonous effect. Onions are dangerous because they

have much greater quantities of the poisonous element than

garlic. So as long as your careful with the amount of broccoli

and garlic and don't give them way too much, then they should be

OK. At least that's what I've gathered from what I've read

around, and the advice from my vet.

Cat >^..^< (04/10/2007)

By <a href="http://www.thriftyfun.com//profile/index.lasso?

profile=ver1000140">ThriftyFun

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I agree that it is the amount of garlic or broccoli that could

have the poisonous effect, problem is, what amount would be too

much? Every single pet is different and could withstand a

different level of "poisoning". My little one is very sensitive

and it wouldn't take much at all to make her sick; my German

Shorthair mix is a much larger size and apparently has a cast

iron stomach and can eat anything.

My last, dear, gentle, furbaby was a Cocker Spaniel and I fed

her things that are on the list of things not to feed pets, this

was before I knew such a list existed! I gave her grapes and

raisins for little treats, fed her leftovers with cooked onions

in it, and once gave her cooked pumpkin left over from a pie

(which she vomited for hours on!). Dusty eventually had kidney

failure and had to be put to sleep. It took me over ten years

and a prescription for anti-depressants to get over the pain.

Now, it could have just been that a dog her age would get kidney

failure, but, what if, it were the foods that I had fed her all

her years with me? So, I do not feed anything that is on the

aspca list, or anything that my vet says not to feed, or

anything that is on the humane society list, because I just

won't take a chance. Do my two furbabies realize that they

aren't getting garlic, or broccoli, or chocolate? Nope, they

don't have a clue; so, why even take a chance and give them

those things? (04/10/2007)

By <a href="http://www.thriftyfun.com//profile/index.lasso?

profile=thr146642">Persnickety Paula

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We've had our English Springer Spaniel, Buddy, for 8 years. The

only time he was sick was when he snatched a chocolate brownie

from the back of our car coming home from a Xmas party. He was

lathargic and feverish for 3 days. I now know chocolate is toxic

to dogs, but I would suspect it would have to do with the amount

consumed and type of chocolate. Dark chocolate seems to be the

worst. I now live by the "list of toxic foods" when it comes to

our pets. Why take a chance? (04/15/2007)

By BOBBI

RE: Is Garlic Good or Bad for Dogs?

Despite its healing qualities, garlic contains a compound named

thiosulphate. In extremely high levels thiosulphate can be a

dangerous toxin that cause hemolytic anemia in dogs. But we're

not talking about garlic dog treats, supplemental garlic, or

healthy table scraps that may have included fresh garlic in the

recipe. We're talking about situations where your pet sniffs out

several bulbs of garlic you were about to use for a giant batch

of homemade spaghetti sauce for the whole neighborhood and winds

up eating 50 cloves in one sitting. We repeat, it would take up

to 50 cloves for garlic to be harmful to your dog! 50 cloves of

garlic wouldn't be a good idea for anyone, let alone your dog.

In the event that your dog did get into a basket of garlic

cloves, the symptoms of hemolytic anemia can develop within a

few hours or a few days. Signs include vomiting, diarrhea,

weakness, depression, and loss of appetite. If you see these

symptoms in your pet and you're missing a lot of cloves of

garlic, call your vet.

The bottom line here is that dogs and cats can get into many

things around the house that are toxic if consumed in large

quantities. But, when used in moderation, garlic can be a

healthy supplement. According to Charlie Fox, the co-author of

The Garlic Cure (McCleery &amp; Sons, 2002), garlic can be used

to stimulate and support immune function, trigger gastric juices

for better digestion, encourage the growth of friendly bacteria,

and prevent infections. He's seen garlic reduce the risk of

cardiovascular disease and cancer as well as improve blood sugar

regulation and promote detoxification.
(05/02/2007)

By I found this and hopes this helps.

RE: Is Garlic Good or Bad for Dogs?

I have been mixing a clove of raw garlic into my dogs' food with

no ill side effects. They seem to enjoy it, and it has kept the

fleas away. (05/18/2007)

By Amy

RE: Is Garlic Good or Bad for Dogs?

I noticed that a lot of the pet foods that you buy have garlic

in them. Must not be that bad. (06/08/2007)

By Debra

RE: Is Garlic Good or Bad for Dogs?

We feed our Dog, a German Shepherd, one tsp. of pressed garlic

in his food every day and he is doing extremely well.

(06/30/2007)

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I gave my dog about a spoonful size of garlic bread one night

when we were having spaghetti. He's never used the bathroom in

his bed at night, in his crate! He not only used the bathroom

everywhere, but there was blood in his feces and on his bed. A

small amount, but blood. His nose area and mouth were very

unusually pink. I'm sure he tried to hold it as long as he

could, but when I let him out to use the bathroom when I woke

up, he practically pooped water. Something was very wrong. I

will NEVER feed my dog garlic again. (07/04/2007)

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I'll just add my 'good' opinion of garlic for dogs: Like many

posts I have seen, I have been giving my (25kg) dog about a

clove of (raw) garlic every two days with her 'home-made' food

with NO ill effects. On the contrary, she is alert, energetic,

playful and has a beautiful coat. That said, it might be the

teaspoon of olive oil she also gets every day. (11/01/2007)

By Marc

RE: Is Garlic Good or Bad for Dogs?

I will never ever give my dog Sammy onions or garlic. They are

toxic! I read in National Geographic, which is a highly

respected magazine, that it harms your animal. So personally, I

check everything that Sammy eats, from dog food to treats. Also,

I Googled dogs and garlic and read a few articles to back up

what I had read earlier. (12/14/2007)

By Denise

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RE: Is Garlic Good or Bad for Dogs?

The internet, although very helpful at times, can be very

misleading. I have spoken to a vet from the ASPCA Animal Poison

Control Center and she told me that my 60 lb. dog would have had

to have eaten the equivalent of 27 cloves of garlic in one

sitting for it to be harmful. People, moderation is the key to

everything in life. Just think about what your dog eats off of

the ground when you're not looking. (01/01/2008)

By Ron

RE: Is Garlic Good or Bad for Dogs?

My 5mth black Lab/Rottie mix has had really bad worms he is

given the dewormer from the vet, but when they do come out they

are still alive and kicking! 2 weeks ago I noticed worms crawling

out all by themselves, I was very frustrated by this point until

I read garlic kills them. I have since given my dogs a little

garlic (the kind that is already minced in a jar for the refrigerator

that way I don't have to constantly do it myself). And I am

happy to say no more worms! I will continue giving them garlic

(in moderation!) and will definitely tell all my friends the

same.
(01/08/2008)

By

RE: Is Garlic Good or Bad for Dogs?

So tonight I thought my dog ate a 3 oz. bulb of garlic (1

regular sized bulb, about 16 cloves). He's a 44lb

Schnauzer/Terrier mix 2 years old. I searched the internet

trying to find how much garlic is too much as I didn't want to

have to pay th $60 for animal poison control since I felt like

they would say not to worry. There are 2 postings above, one

saying 26 cloves and another saying up to 50 cloves of garlic

can be harmful. I decided to call poison control just in case.

Just to share the information. They advised that 1 bulb is

borderline for a dog his size and I should induce vomiting. So

I got my keys to head out to the store to by hydrogen peroxide

and low and behold, there's the clove of garlic on the back

deck that he carried out and decided not to eat which was good

news for both of us. So I'm hoping my $60 spent on the call

might help someone else out if their dog does the same thing.

Moral of the story here is that the postings of 26 - 50

cloves of garlic should not be followed as rule of thumb above.

If it's more than 1 bulb for a 44 lb dog or larger, you should

consult animal poison control or an emergency vet for help.

(01/10/2008)

By Charlie's owner

RE: Is Garlic Good or Bad for Dogs?

I have a 6 year old male Sharpei who has always had garlic. He

is fit and well and has never had fleas. We live in the UK.

(01/22/2008)

By David

RE: Is Garlic Good or Bad for Dogs?

I have been feeding my dogs a home cooked chicken casserole with

2 teaspoons of minced garlic per about 1.2kg pet chicken mince

for 11 years. I have not seen any visible signs that it is doing

them any harm. (03/17/2008)

By Carol

RE: Is Garlic Good or Bad for Dogs?

I have read some of the feedback below and most everyone seems

to think garlic is fine.

My little dog Sadie died last week from AIHA (augoimmune

hemolytic anemia). I have no idea how or why it began and I'm

not sure how long she was ill. She had slowed down a bit, but we

did not really notice anything was wrong until late last week

and then it was too late.

AIHA can be caused from a number of things including a virus,

a bee sting, a poison, a medication. The experts just don't

know. Sadie had all her shots last December which the doc says

is too long ago for that to be the cause. The only thing I can

think of is a change in her diet. I added an expensive freeze-

dried raw dog food called Force to her diet recently because she

was such a picky eater. Today I looked and yes, the food

contains raw garlic.

Now I'm an emotional wreck. Could I have killed my own dog? I

am devastated. I'll never know if this was the cause, but I'll

never offer a dog garlic in the future. This food is going in

the trash. I may try to talk to the makers to see what they say.

I just don't know. (03/31/2008)

By Cheryl

RE: Is Garlic Good or Bad for Dogs?

Garlic has been fed to dogs for centuries as an effective flea

control. I find it rather sad that so many people nowadays have

no problem using dangerous chemical poisons on their beloved

animals as long as these products carry a fancy corporate name

and the magical word "medicated" on the packaging, but create

some doubt about a totally natural and healthy product like

garlic and there is widespread panic.

I wonder if the pharmaceutical industry is behind this bad

mouthing of garlic. Creating fear is a favorite powerful tool

among politicians, clerics, and corporations, and quite

effective to their advantage. In this case it certainly cuts

their profit if too many people use garlic instead of their

high-priced poisons to control fleas on pets and farm animals

alike.

A similar trend is going on with commercial pet food versus

home-made pet food. If you believe the manufacturers and most

vets, your pets are certainly going to be prone to disease and

short-lived if you dare to feed them home-made food. What

happened to common sense? Reading through all this, it is clear

to me that this issue is certainly inconclusive, that a lot more

research needs to be done before recommending against a proven

age-old natural remedy and that like always and in everything

moderation is key. I will continue to add garlic to my dogs'

diet. (04/16/2008)

By Chris

RE: Is Garlic Good or Bad for Dogs?

Dr. Richard Pitcairn, probably the preeminent authority on

providing homemade food for dogs and cats has garlic as an

acceptable ingredient:


"Garlic helps to eliminate worms, strengthen digestion, and

beneficially stimulate the intestinal tract. Use it to promote

intestinal health. It is also indicated for animals that have

been on a high meat or fish diet, and those that tend to be

overweight or suffer hip pain from arthritis or dysplasia.

Include fresh, grated garlic with each meal, using 1/2 - 3

cloves, depending on the animal's size. Cats can be given a 1/2

clove a day"

He has been providing homemade recipes to address health

issues in pets for 27 years. This quote is from his most recent

book in its third edition. It's tried and true.
(04/28/2008)

By DSmith

RE: Is Garlic Good or Bad for Dogs?

Raw garlic is the only beneficial form of garlic. Processed or

cooked garlic degrades the active enzymes and useful properties

of garlic.

As a researcher, I would try a small amount, and go from

there. From what I have read here, raw garlic seems to work. Of

course, medical practices may not want us to know garlic works

well for healing pets.

Just like the pharmaceutical firms don't want people taking

natural supplements because it cuts into their profit margins!

Be careful of misinformation from the government or medical

communities.
(05/18/2008)

By Dr. E

RE: Is Garlic Good or Bad for Dogs?

As a Natural Health Chef and animal lover, I would say that the

best rule of thumb to follow is feed your pet what its wild

counterpart would eat.

Cats and wolves (dogs) have been thriving for tens of

thousands of years without our input on what they should eat.

Only for the past 60 years or so have we decided that "we" are

the authority on what our fury friends should eat. Funny, how

our pets are now so susceptible to disease such as cancer and

diabetes.

Wolves eat raw meat (generally smaller animals such as

rabbit, fish and birds but also venison and caribou), raw bones

(only cooked bones splinter), eggs, roots, fruits and

vegetables. They do not eat grains, meat meal or additives.

Wolves have also been known to eat homeopathic remedies such as

garlic to keep away parasites and willow bark to help with aches

and pains.

Cats are pure carnivores eating a diet of small prey such as

rabbits, birds and fish. However, they will occasionally eat

plant matter such as grass and catnip to help aid digestion.
With all of the commercial pet food on the market, it is no

wonder so many of our pets have allergic and digestive issues.

If your pet has a skin allergy, try taking him/her off of

grains. It could also be an over abundance of yeast caused by

too much starch and antibiotics.

Regarding raw meat; there are so many reasons why your pets

should eat raw foods.

First - Raw foods have digestive enzymes which can only be

found in foods that have not been cooked, radiated or processed.

Digestive enzymes aid in digestion and are essential for good

health.

Second - Cooked meat takes 4-6 hours longer to digest than

raw meat. The longer meat stays in the gut, the worse for the

digestive tract.

Third - Raw meat creates more acid in the stomach to aid in

the digestion of food. Yes, more acid in your stomach is good

for you and your pet. Acid reflux and other acid related issues

are caused by too little acid in your stomach.

Fourth - Raw foods contain less free-radicals and more

vitamins than cooked.

Fifth - Everyone is so afraid of the bad bacteria in raw

meat. Yes, bacteria can hurt your pet, but it can also help. The

more bacteria your pet is exposed to (OK, there are some

limitations) the better your pets immune system. Animals put

their noses and tongues in nasty things all day long, much of

which has worse bacteria than raw meat. It's better to prepare

your pets for those instances then to compromise it's immune

system by trying to keep bacteria away from it. Also, when

killing bad bacteria, you are killing good bacteria which is

again, good for digestion.

Note: A poor digestive tract causes disease.

Regarding garlic - wolves eat it, so why not your dog. If your

dog is having a poor reaction it could be something else your

dog is eating. Cats, however, do not eat it, so try rubbing

garlic powder and brewers yeast on your cats coat to ward off

parasites.
www.naturallyfreshfare.com (06/29/2008)

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Garlic causes liver and kidney damage in dogs. Everyone keep

saying their dog seems healthy and in great shape, despite a

diet including garlic. That is because you cannot see the liver

damage that occurs gradually. A large enough dose will shut down

their kidney and liver in one shot, otherwise it is a slow

gradual poison, accumulating damage over the years. DO NOT feed

onion or garlic to your dogs, please! (07/01/2008)

By Mark, MD

RE: Is Garlic Good or Bad for Dogs?

A lot of treat brands such as Zen Puppy and a few others use

garlic in their products. My vet agrees that onions are very bad

for a dog, but garlic is only bad depending on how it's used and

the dogs take on it, whether they have a reaction to it or not.

(08/07/2008)

By Sav

RE: Is Garlic Good or Bad for Dogs?

Point 1: I cook for all of my dogs. From time to time (perhaps

once a week) I break two small cloves of garlic in half and boil

them with the foods that I'm cooking for them. I never give

them the cloves, but the food then has the garlic flavoring.

None of them has ever demonstrated a problem and they can't wait

to eat the food.

Point 2: The A-Z Guide to Super Foods states that garlic has

antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral characteristics and

should be used to prevent lung and bronchial ailments. It is an

intestinal purifier and a worm deterrent. It helps remove waste

accumulation from the blood. Garlic juice provide pets' skin

with an odor that repels insects. Garlic cleanses the lower

bowel of accumulated mucus. (11/01/2008)

By James

RE: Is Garlic Good or Bad for Dogs?

I use garlic powder mixed with soft food to get rid of worms in

my dog. It works very well, but the trick is to treat the animal

according to the weight. I use one half tsp for dogs weighing

under ten pounds once every ten to fourteen days. (02/09/2009)

By Corwin

RE: Is Garlic Good or Bad for Dogs?

While it seems like most people on this site seem to feel that

garlic is fine to give to dogs, I would NOT choose to give it to

my dogs. Garlic (from what I can tell, in any form) can cause

Heinz bodies in a dog's red blood cells, and these Heinz bodies

make the red blood cells more likely to break apart (or lyse).

Ultimately, the dog can develop a hemolytic anemia which can be

deadly. So is it possible that a dog could eat some garlic and

be alright? Yes. Could it also cause severe illness, perhaps

even death? Yes. For me, that's not a risk I'm willing to

take.

One last comment: one poster commented that dogs generally

have good sense about what they should/should not eat, so if you

offer it to them and they eat it, it's alright. I would be very

careful with going by this rule. My dogs will readily eat

garlic, grapes, onions, and chocolate. All of these things

could cause major problems. Furthermore, it's been reported

time and time again that dogs LOVE the taste of antifreeze;

something that in very small amounts can cause death in a very

short time period. So while I do think that dogs generally have

good instincts, I probably wouldn't use this as my gold-standard

for whether or not it is harmful to them. (05/27/2009)

By <a href="http://www.thriftyfun.com//profile/index.lasso?

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I tried the brewers yeast with garlic on my dogs because I don't

like putting chemicals on my dogs. They soon had the worst case

of fleas I have ever seen. I had to treat the yard, the carpet

and the dogs to get rid of them. I then started giving them

fresh garlic. It has been six months now and not a flea in

sight and no reaction to the garlic. Garlic is far better than

chemicals in the topical flea treatments like Frontline and

Advantix. (07/27/2009)

By <a href="http://www.thriftyfun.com//profile/index.lasso?

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I must admit I am fascinated by this discussion! I am not an

expert by any means but really wanted to share my thoughts on

this matter and how I decided giving my dog garlic as an

alternative to conventional flea medications.

It is my understanding with flea/tick medications such as

Front Line the tick does not die until it has bitten and latched

on to your dog for 24 hours. I thought the whole idea was to

prevent the tick from biting the dog. I guess this was my

misunderstanding. I also took some time to research the

chemicals found in several of these types of products by

reading through their MSDS (which can be found on line) and

found exposure can cause cancer. So I ask myself who how much

exposure when my child is constantly hugging and kissing my dog

who has this chemical solution sparing through its fur? Another

little food for thought so many dogs are suffering and dying

from cancer one must ask why?

So back to garlic being harmful to your dog; For the past two

years, on every Sunday, my dog is given two meatballs that I

have prepared for our dinner and these meatballs do have minced

pieces of garlic. Since I have been doing this my dog has not

had one flea on her, yet while using my vets recommendation,

Front Line, we were constantly battling the flea issue.

I guess in short what I am saying, weight your options,

chemicals or natural. Neither may not be a perfect choice but

really consider what is safest for your pet and those loving

your pet! (03/29/2010)

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