Picture of a garlic bulb and clove with text is it safe to feed my dog garlic?


If you do any Google search you will often see that garlic is considered toxic to dogs as it is part of the allium family.  The only study that has been done is an overdose study. Giving dogs ridiculously high levels of garlic (we’re talking up to 60 cloves a day here).  However, the dogs in the study still did not develop hemolytic anaemia.  The verdict of the study was that dogs ‘might’ develop hemolytic anaemia.  The good news is that garlic is not only safe but is very beneficial to your dog as long as you feed it in sensible amounts.

By feeding garlic your dog has everything to gain.

Garlic is rich in zinc, potassium, magnesium, manganese, vitamins A, C and B complex. Garlic also contains allicin and ajoene which have been found to be anti-cancer, as well as beneficial for the blood sugar and cholesterol.

The benefits of garlic

Garlic has many benefits:

  • Anti fungal, Antibiotic and antihelminthic
  • Reduces blood pressure and raises levels of anti-clotting factors in blood
  • Reduces internal inflammation
  • Reduces the effects of dementia
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Helps with detoxifying heavy metals
  • Proven deworming agent
  • Reduces allergies and asthma
  • Flea & Tick preventative


Garlic must always be fed fresh. The dried stuff and pre-chopped garlic you can buy in supermarkets will not have the same health benefits.

Peel the garlic, then mince, chop or crush it. Let it sit for at least 5 minutes to release the allicin.

Slowly increase the amount you feed up to half a clove per 10 kg of bodyweight.

Only feed garlic to puppies over 6 months of age as they cannot reproduce red blood cells until at least 8 weeks old.


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