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Old 11-22-2008, 06:02 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal
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Hi.

I read that garlic powder helps a dog's digestion, so I've started sprinkling some garlic powder on my dog's supper.

Then I read that garlic (not powder, but real garlic) is bad for dogs.

What's the consensus? Is garlic powder OK for dogs, or is it bad for them?

Thanks,
Dawn
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Old 11-22-2008, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Deep in the Heart of Texas
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Onions and to a lesser extent garlic contain a compound called thiosulphate that can cause severe anemia and liver damage. Because onions contain a high concentration of this compound you should never feed a dog onions. The anemia takes time to develop, and symptoms won't appear overnight, but they include lethargy, diarrhea and muscular weakness. I've read that garlic has much less thiosulphate and is safe for dogs to eat in small amounts. However, I would not give garlic in any form to an animal without approval from a licensed veterinarian, since the weight, metabolism, age and physical condition of the dog may impact how it will respond to garlic or other supplements. There are holistic vets that you can consult who will be able to provide the best information for your particular pet and situation.
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Old 11-22-2008, 09:53 AM
 
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It's interesting how many dog treats have garlic powder in them -- supposedly as a natural flea preventative.
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Old 11-22-2008, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Minnysoda
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makes my beagle fart bad.....
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Old 11-22-2008, 10:30 AM
 
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It's actually pretty terrifying -- the more you know about these things.

I also have an eclectus parrot. One site, online, specific to eclectus parrots suggests giving them a clove of garlic and cut, fresh aloe vera leaves. Another says both are toxic to them...

I know a lot of people give their dogs garlic thinking it's safe because it's an ingredient in commercial pet foods.
Even though, it is a well known fact that it is on the list of foods that are bad for dogs.
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Old 11-22-2008, 11:47 AM
 
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I think the consensus is to drop the garlic powder like it was about to explode.
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Old 11-22-2008, 12:32 PM
 
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I think the consensus is to drop the garlic powder like it was about to explode.
Actually lots of good threads on the subject of toxic foods for dogs if you search the forum.

One good source of information is here which was posted in another thread.

http://www.vmth.ucdavis.edu/vmth/admin/pharmacy/Pharmacy%20Newsletter%20Vol%202-2%208-04.pdf (broken link)
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Old 11-22-2008, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal
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OK, that's a wrap then... there will be no more garlic (or garlic breath ) for my guy.

Thanks!
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Old 11-22-2008, 11:08 PM
 
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In all my Natural health Care Books for dogs and cats... It IS GOOD is them! Great for their immune system, like for us!!! I give garlic often to my kids! Onions are not great but Garlic is Good! And is good for Flea prevention!
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Old 11-22-2008, 11:12 PM
 
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And If they are saying that Garlic is bad, then what do they say, ... (it is what they don't say) about food with By-products, added salts, sugars and chemicals... aren't these harmful "food" items/additives? These is No regulation on the Pet Food Industry, how sad for our pets, family members, loved ones.
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