Feeding Dogs Garlic and Onion

Raw garlic and onion is not to be given to my dog, but is liquid, cooked, or powdered OK? These are called for in homemade recipes.

By Helen from Royal, AR

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I found this on line:Onions and garlic (raw, cooked, or powder) Contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which can damage red blood cells and cause anemia. Cats are more susceptible than dogs. Garlic is less toxic than onions.

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Try reading this, it has the pros and cons. I have always sprinkled a little garlic powder (not garlic SALT) on both my dogs' food a few times a week. It does repel fleas, it does not kill the fleas.


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Please check the poison control list from the ASPCA http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/people-foods.html

Instead of garlic, I would put a little oregano on the food. (This was suggested by my dog's Oncologist.)

Jennifer Northern Virginia

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I wouldn't risk it because it depends on the dogs age, weight and health. It might not hurt them in the short term but can cause anemia over time :-(

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I thought dogs weren't allowed to have garlic? Is this true? I read that they also should not eat onion or avocado, that surprised me.

By Lori from PA

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There is so much misinformation out there concerning garlic and dogs! Of course we should never feed our pets garlic pods but garlic powder is in a lot of pet foods. In fact, I have a dog meatloaf recipe that I got from my vet that includes a little garlic powder for seasoning. My dog is still alive and well and he's going on 5 years old.

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My dog had a very bad skin infection and I now make him rice, peas, lamb, and garlic all cooked together. His skin has healed and he looks and feels great. What is the long term bad effect of garlic? It is cooked in his food and he never gets fleas even at the dog park.

By R

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Please know that the informational link supplied by ThatKiddo is outdated. It is now known that any amount of garlic (or anything in the allium plant family such as leeks, chives, green onions, all bulb onions and even allium florals such as lily's) can cause Heinz Body Anemia which is irreversable and a horrid way to die :-(



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