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Garlic, a contentious topic in the realm of pet parenting, has long been surrounded by warnings about its potential toxicity for dogs. In this article, we'll unravel the outdated nature of a specific study that fueled misconceptions about garlic's safety for dogs, emphasizing the need for a nuanced understanding of its impact on our canine companions.

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Is garlic toxic for dogs? ​Busting the Myth

The Debunked Study on Garlic Being Toxic for Dogs

Dr. Jules Mantler, our in-house vet and nutrition advisor, brings our focus to a specific study that has often been misconstrued, contributing to the unfounded belief in the danger of garlic for dogs. This study involved administering excessive amounts of garlic in an extract form, which is far removed from real-world scenarios. The outdated nature of the study, with its unrealistic dosage and conditions, led to adverse effects erroneously linked to garlic toxicity. Furthermore, it doesn't accurately reflect the true nature of garlic and contributes to the misunderstanding of its association with onion toxicity. Let's lay the foundation for a more nuanced understanding of garlic's impact on canine health.

Garlic Goodness for Dogs: The Benefits

bone broth with garlic for dogs
Immune Boosting Bone Broth with Garlic for Dogs

Contrary to common beliefs, garlic can offer many health benefits when included in your dog's diet wisely:

  • Immune Support: Garlic may help support your dog's immune system.

  • Flea and Tick Repellent: It can act as a natural repellent against fleas and ticks.

  • Heart Health: Garlic is suggested to contribute to cardiovascular health in dogs.

  • Antioxidant Boost: It provides antioxidant properties for overall well-being.

Understanding Moderation of Garlic In Your Dog's Diet

While acknowledging the potential benefits, moderation is key when incorporating garlic into a dog's diet. We encourage pet parents to consult with their holistic veterinarian to determine the appropriate dosage based on their dog's size, breed, and health status.


Use Fresh Garlic

Avoid Garlic salt

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Study Spotlight: Therapeutic Effect of Aged Garlic Extract on Dog Gingivitis

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Healthy Teeth and Gums

Dr. Jules Mantler recommends reading a study from Frontier in Veterinary Science, it challenges the belief that garlic is toxic for dogs and highlights its potential in combating gum problems. This study specifically focuses on the potential benefits of garlic in combating gingivitis, a common dental issue in dogs. You can read the full study here.

Key Findings: Garlic as a Friend to Your Dog's Oral Health

  • Similarities with Humans: Garlic can help combat gum problems caused by specific bacteria, similar to how it works in humans.

  • Saliva Support: Garlic supports the natural defence mechanism in saliva against gum disease.

  • Reducing Inflammation: Garlic shows benefits in reducing gingival inflammation and bleeding in dogs with gingivitis.

Did You Know? Garlic is Approved by AAFCO!

Garlic is an approved ingredient by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). You can find it in many kibble, canned, and pet treat products in Canada and the US.

Garlic, An Ally for Your Dog's Oral Health

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RDBK - Abby and Kenai

In conclusion, the study proposes garlic as a potential ally for dog oral health, challenging misconceptions and empowering pet parents to make informed decisions for their furry companions. Check out these garlic-related blogs on Red Dog Blue Kat: 


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