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Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Garlic for Dogs - Health Benefits, Preparation, Use, Safe Dosage


In this article...

1. Garlic - Why It Is Good For Dogs...
    1.1 Time to Put Myths and Misnomers to Rest

           - The debate
           - A common substance shared

           - What those that do not know miss out on
2. History of Garlic 
3. Health Benefits of Fresh Garlic 
4. Active Medicinal Ingredients in Garlic
5. Activating The Medicinal Properties of Garlic 
6. Forms of Garlic You Should Not Use 
7. How to Include Garlic In Your Dog's Daily Diet
       - Safe Daily Dosage
8. Cautions
9. Drug Interactions
10. Other Uses for Garlic
         -  Insect and Parasite Replant, Treatment and Preventative
         - Topical Treatment for Ear Infections

1.0 Garlic - Why It Is Good For Dogs...

The photo just above is of me walking some members of my own dog pack. Everyone of my dogs eats fresh garlic with one of their daily meals - they have done so for years. As you can see from the photo above my dogs range in breed, age and obviously size. They are all very healthy and are not on chemical-based insect and parasite preventatives (veterinarian prescribed or off-the- shelf), antibiotics etc. I build their health from the inside out and garlic is one of those herbs that help me to keep them healthy!

My Happy, Healthy Boxer x Pit Bull 'Robbie'

You may have heard that garlic is bad for dogs. Well, garlic has been used for many years by loving dog owners and by holistic veterinarians to support the good health of dogs.

1.1 Time to Put Myths and Misnomers To Rest

 The Debate 
The debate about whether garlic is good or bad seems to have arisen from confusion with its close cousin, the onion.  And that question has been furthered by people - professionals and public alike - who do not inform themselves about the actual properties of these foods prior to pronouncing their opinion...

Which means that their pronouncement is an OPINION and an uninformed judgement based on lack of information rather than an evidence-based fact.
  
A Common Substance Shared 
Both garlic and onion contain thiosulphate, the substance responsible for causing ‘Heinx Factoranemia in dogs and cats. 

The amount of thiosulphate found in garlic is much lower than in onions, in fact the amount in garlic is barely traceable and when garlic is provided in proper daily dosage the thiosulphate is not sufficient to cause harm to dogsand the health benefits garlic offers to dogs is enormous. As cats are much more sensitive to thiosulphate than dogs. cats are, in general more sensitive to biologically foreign substances - another example of this sensitivity can be seen in the use of essential oils. The range of essential oils that are suitable for cats is considerably less than the quantity of safe essential oils for dogs. While garlic is found in some holistic medicine-blends for cats, the amount used is strictly controlled. And while a wise cat may choose to rub up against a patch of wild garlic for its insect repelling properties - I recommend that you do not administer garlic to your cat, unless it is present in minute amounts in a made-for-cat proved-to-be-safe product.

The fear of garlic - as pertains to its use as a healthful herb for dogs, is a new fear propagated by rumor on the internet and not proven by any facts or study. To see an extensive list of foods that dogs should truly not be consuming and/or should be consuming with caution you can read here.
What Those That Don't Know Miss Out On
Garlic is a powerful, natural broad-spectrum antibiotic. Garlic is also an antioxidant, anti-allergen, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-protozoan, anti-viral and anti-carcinogen. Garlic contains germanium, an anti-cancer agent and an anti-protozoan. Garlic can also be used topically to treat specific ailments - for example ear mite infestation and ear infections.
Garlic also contains sulfur - a natural insect repellent!

When garlic is ingested in reasonable amounts there are no harmful results - only benefits, and no, it won’t make your dog smell like garlic! 

 
2.0 History of Garlic
Garlic is a herbal plant  and an ancient food crop - harvested and cultivated by mankind for thousands of years. The word garlic comes from the Old English word garleac - ‘spear leek’. Chives, leeks, shallots and onions are toxic for your dog…but the benefits of garlic are many…
Abby and Jordie - my German Shepherd x Malamute and my
German Shepherd x  Belgian Shepherd eat garlic on a daily basis
 3.0 Health Benefits of Fresh Garlic
  • Anti-bacterial;
  • Anti-biotic (broad spectrum);
  • Anti-carcinogen, garlic contains germanium - an anti-cancer agent;
    • Garlic helps to prevent a variety of cancers such as: bladder cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer; rectal cancer, stomach cancer.
    • Garlic is also used to treat some forms of cancer such as bladder and prostate cancer.
  • Garlic helps to regulate blood pressure;
  • Heart health support to prevent:
    • Heart disease;
    • Heart attack;
    • Hardening of the arteries;
  • Helps strengthen the body's defenses against allergies;
  • Helps regulate blood sugar levels;
  • High cholesterol reduction;
  • Garlic is high in vitamins, minerals and nutrients:
  • Calcium, Potassium, Zinc;
  • Protein;
  • Vitamin A, B, B2, C;
  • Garlic is an aid to fighting and treating:
    • Asthma;
    • Environmental allergies'
    • Diabetes;
    • Diarrhea; 
    • Fatigue;
    • Liver, heart and kidney disease;
    • Maintenance of healthy liver function;
    • Ear infections and ear mite infestations;
    • Stress.
  • Garlic is a natural:

4.0 Active Medicinal Ingredients in Garlic
Garlic contains multiple sulphur-inclusive compounds. Allinn and another enzyme ‘alliinase’, both present in garlic, but contained in separate cells gain the opportunity to combine and create a new enzyme called ‘allicin’ when garlic is chopped, crushed, minced or chewed. Allicin (an anti-biotic, anti-bacterial, anti-cancer, heart healthy enzyme) is the most beneficial of the healthful enzymes in garlic.

5.0 Activating the Medicinal Properties
Use Fresh Garlic and Prepare it As Follows...
  • Chop, crush, mince or press/bruise the fresh garlic, and then;
    • Allow to sit at room temperature for at minimum five (5) minutes and better ten (10) to fifteen (15) minutes;
    • This gives the allinn and alliinase sufficient time to undergo the enzymic reaction that creates allicin - the medicinal ingredient in garlic;
    • Mix the garlic into your dog's food in his/her bowl and its now time for your dog to eat;
    • The medicinal properties remain active for up to one (1) hour after you have activiated them;
    • After one hour has passed the medicinal properties begin to degrade which is why it is improtant to use fresh prepared garlic. 
6.0 Forms of Garlic You Should Not Use

Dry, Dehydrated, Powdered, Mixed Garlic, Supplement
  • Do not add garlic in a mixed form to your dogs diet  - i.e. garlic steak spice 
    • May contain fillers, sugar, salt and herbs or spices, food colouring and other additives that are not safe for dogs to consume;
    • Dehydrated, powdered garlic, or preserved minced garlic intended for culinary use has been degraded from processing and it's medicinal qualities are lost - it's only remaining purpose is to please the human palate - don't give these forms of garlic to your dog as they offer no benefit.
  • Fresh always refrigerated preserved garlic - much like fresh sauerkraut that has been pickled/preserved/fermented in pure water (not in wine and with other additives) and has been kept refrigerated after the initial curing period will have beneficial probiotic properties but may not have the other medicinal qualities offered by fresh garlic.
  • Cooked garlic does not retain the medicinal properties found in fresh garlic.
When I refer to ‘garlic’ I mean garlic in its pure, fresh form.

7.0 How to Include Garlic in Your Dog’s
      Daily Diet

More of my garlic eating dogs...
Add the properly prepared fresh garlic to one of your dog's daily meals. The safe daily dosage is as follows...

Safe Daily Dosage for Dogs
  • 1 clove fresh raw garlic per every:
    • 30 pounds of body weight
    • 13.6 kg of body weight
  • For dogs less than 30 pounds:
    • 20 pound dog - 2/3 of a clove
    • 15 pound dog - 1/2 of a clove
    • 10 pound dog - 1/3 of a clove
    • 5 pound dog - 1/6 of a clove

or
  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) fresh, raw minced/finely chopped garlic per every:
    •  30 lbs of body weight
    • 13.6 kg of body weight
  • For dogs less than 30 pounds:
    • 20 pound dog - 2/3 of a tsp
    • 15 pound dog - 1/2 of a tsp
    • 10 pound dog - 1/3 of a tsp
    • 5 pound dog - 1/6 of a tsp

 
If you can afford to do so, buy organic garlic.

8.0 Cautions

  • Pregnant and Lactating Dogs
    • When used in the dosage provided above, garlic is safe for pregnant dogs;
    • The only caution around garlic for pregnant dogs is that if ingested in large quantities it can flavor the milk of lactating females (human and canine).
  • Puppies
    • As a general guideline for puppies...
    • Don't give garlic to puppies that are 6 months of age or younger.
  • Garlic From China
    • Some garlic from China has been found to be contaminated with high levels of arsenic, lead and added sulfites.
  • If your dog has IBS or Colitis
    • Garlic is high in insoluble fibre and sulfur compounds - as a general rule it is best  not to give fresh garlic to dogs that have IBS or colitis.

9.0 Drug Interactions
  •  If your dog is on cyclosporine:
    • Garlic may increase the rate at which cyclosprine is broken down by the body, and;
    • Might decrease the effectiveness of cyclosporine;
    • So, do not give your dog garlic if he/she is on cyclosporin.
  • If your dog is on any medication that is changed by the liver. 
  • If your dog is on a blood thinner:
    • Consult your veterinarian before giving your dog garlic;
    • Garlic can slow down blood clotting -  garlic may increase the efficacy of the blood thinner;
    • The dosage of the blood thinner would need to be adjusted for intake of garlic. 

10.0 Some Other Beneficial Uses For
        Garlic


10.1 Parasites and Insects
Garlic is a natural dewormer and can also be used in combination with other herbs and nutraceuticals to treat repel and avoid the development of parasite infestations - you can read about that here.

Garlic is a natural insect repellant and can also be used topically in combination with other herbs and nutraceuaticals to treat and repel insects - you can read about that here.

10.2 Ear Infections
Garlic can be used topically in combination with other nutraceuaticals as a topical treatment for ear infections - you can read about that here.



11.0 Holistic Support

If you require additional support and guidance I would be pleased to assist you via my Holistic Diet, Nutrition Wellness Services:
  • Unbiased Diet, Nutrition, Product Advice is available via this service
  • Diet, Nutrition Wellness Plans are available via this service

53 comments:

  1. Very useful information. However when you say a clove a garlic for every 30lbs...cloves of garlic come in many different sizes, the organic garlic I buy has tiny cloves for example. Would you be able to suggest dosage say per teaspoon of crushed garlic? Thanks :)

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    1. Yes absolutely garlic cloves vary vastly depending on the type of garlic. Some types of garlic have a very large bulb and may have only 4 to 6 cloves while another type can be represented by a smaller bulb with 10 to 12 cloves. The fact that the garlic is organic or not does not determine the size of the bulb/clove - the type of garlic does i.e. Music, Russian Red, Siberian Gold etc. So as a rule of thumb you can assume 1 tsp/30lbs. Cheers, Karen :>)

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    2. Thank you Karen, your comprehensive and quick response is most appreciated. Happy holiday season to you and yours :)

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  2. can garlic powder be used instead

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    1. Unfortunately powder will not have the same potent health benefits that fresh chopped garlic has. As well,commercially produced garlic powder has gone through various manufacturing processes with further degrade the efficacy of the garlic :>)

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  3. This is something that I heard long ago and use to do to keep my dog healthy.

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  4. It's not that I don't believe you about garlic...I want to, but I just have to convince myself that it isn't toxic like "they" say. Would you happen to have the articles that you took you info out of? I have googled and searched etc, but I have found SO much conflicting information, I am not sure what to think. I however, don't want to give my dog heart gard or put that nasty smelling stuff on to prevent ticks and fleas if I can help it. It sets my sons asthma off as well as gives my husband a headache until the smell goes away. Thanks
    Julie

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    1. Julie - my knowledge is gathered from many sources as well as from living and working with dogs for 25 years. You can look at my own pack of dogs as an example if you wish http://www.ottawavalleydogwhisperer.com/My-Pack_My-Pack.html#.UX_wwcrKSHc

      There are 10 of them - various sizes and breeds - they are healthy, HEALTHY!

      They don't get annual shots and are not on chemical based flea, tick, heart worm preventatives.

      That nasty smelling stuff you refer to - that will in time kill your dog. Look at the chart at the end of this article http://ottawavalleydogwhisperer.blogspot.ca/2013/01/lemon-safe-natural-misquito-repellent.html

      The decision you make is up to you - people have a lot of misconceptions based on lack of real knowledge.

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    2. do you give your dog rabies shots? Rabies is prevalent here in semi-rural western PA and I don't want to be responsible for my grandkids getting rabies.

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    3. Hi Kitty, rabies shots protocol see here http://ottawavalleydogwhisperer.ca/is-your-dog-or-cat-over-vaccinated-vaccines-and-vaccinations-risks-costs-alternatives/

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  5. I have 3 mini dachshunds between 7 and 12lbs and was wondering how much to give them? I have heard this before and would like to incorporate it into their diet. Also does this take the place of heart worm medicine also.

    Thanks you.
    Laurie

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    1. Hi Laurie,

      This article will provide you with information on preparation and dosage for garlic...

      http://ottawavalleydogwhisperer.blogspot.ca/2012/06/garlic-for-dogs-health-benefits.html

      For information on heart worm medicine , replacement etc read this article http://ottawavalleydogwhisperer.blogspot.ca/2013/03/does-your-dog-really-need-to-be-on.html

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  6. Am I able to do any mincing/chopping of the garlic ahead of time? My boys are 68 & 72 lbs and chopping 4-5 cloves every morning for the two of them will quickly get tedious, not to mention the smell on my hands on a daily basis. I have a friend who makes her own garlic powder and that's what she uses on her dog food. Would mincing/drying my own garlic still have enough of an effect?

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    1. Hi Ashlee,

      Dry powdered garlic does not have the same efficacy as fresh, minced, chopped garlic. Use the fresh garlic. I have 10 dogs to feed so...

      To Cut Down on Preparation Time...
      I chop (the finer the better) enough of the foodstuff in the food processor to last several days to a week;
      Then I put the chopped food in containers - plastic (BPA free) or glass;
      I leave the appropriate sized measuring spoon in the container – this little convenience makes it faster to prepare the meal at feeding time.

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  7. can you use the premade minced garlic tubes that you can buy in grocery stores?

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  8. I read this article and think it's a great idea. I minced the garlic and tried to give it to my dog. He would not have it. I tried by itself, mixed with other things, even his favorite thing - peanut butter, and he turns his head, won't open his mouth and if I get some in there he spits it out. I did let it sit for 15 minutes and I could tell it was really strong smelling.... and as soon as I started coming his way with it, he went the other way. Any suggestions?

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    1. Not all garlic has the same taste - there are some varieties of garlic that are very mild, others that are very hot. Much of the garlic found in grocery stores (and other large retail outlets like Walmart) in Canada and the US is from China. The mass produced, mass distributed garlic coming our of China is a variety of garlic that is very hot tasting.

      Go to a natural or health food store, farmers market of local farmer and see if they sell a milder, and if possible organic garlic. Then try giving this milder garlic to your dog.

      In addition - if all you can find is the hotter varieties of garlic or if he still does not like the milder garlic try drizzling the garlic (or mixing in)with some local, unpasterized raw honey. This type of honey is not only loved by dogs, it is like Garlic - chock full of health benefits. Read up about some of the health benefits, daily dosage, cautions for raw unpasturized honey here (don't give your dog the type of honey that has been pasturized...i.e. the honey typically sold in large grocery stores)... http://ottawavalleydogwhisperer.blogspot.ca/2013/04/diy-natural-herbal-treatments-for-dogs.html

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  9. what about garloc tablets bought at the haelth food store

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    1. The proper dosage would be difficult to ascertain. As well most supplements are full of fillers and toxins. Fresh garlic is the only form I recommend.

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  10. I've been putting about 2 cloves of garlic in my dogs home cooked food. I make enough for about 3 days shared between two chihuahuas. I've never had a flea on them, but my cats are infested! Weird.

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  11. Can/should it be ok to boil garlic before for a stronger solution?

    Cheers

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    1. Garlic can be boiled/cooked - as an example it is used in this recipe http://ottawavalleydogwhisperer.blogspot.ca/2012/06/home-made-diy-dog-food-recipes-grain.html ... BUT you still should remain within the recommended daily dosage.

      If you are looking for a stronger concentration as you want to use garlic as a natural dewormer or insect repellant I would recommend that you add fresh garlic to the daily diet in the recommended dosage and then select from the many options offered in my series of articles on 'INSECTS & PARASITES, prevention, treatment,remedy - you can see a listing of the articles by going to this page http://ottawavalleydogwhisperer.blogspot.ca/p/index-of-articles.html

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  12. Hi Karen,

    I noticed you mentioned do not give garlic to puppies 6 months or younger. Can you please give more details on this...

    We have a 5 month old GS and when we picked her up I asked the breeder what he used to control fleas. He said to give her 1 garlic clove and mix it with 2 slightly hard boiled eggs every 20 days. The other day I gave her 1 clove thinly sliced and mixed it with 2 eggs. She ate it, but later threw some of it up.

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    1. Sigh, so many breeders give out really bad advice.

      1 garlic clove given every 20 days would not build enough sulpher in the dog's system to repel fleas;

      Garlic is a very potent herb and for younger puppies could cause some internal upset if ingested at a very young age.

      I am going to give you a whole series of articles that will provide you with natural ingested and topical options/alternatives that you can use to naturally repeal fleas. You can use the garlic for external application in the recipes I will provide you (in the articles) on your puppy.

      By the time she is 11 to 12 months of age you can start adding garlic to her daily diet.

      The following is an extract from the index page of my blog site...you will find a catalog of articles on psychology/communication, behaviour, nutrition, health care etc. here http://ottawavalleydogwhisperer.blogspot.ca/p/index-of-articles.html

      4.2.2 INSECTS & PARASITES, prevention, treatment,
      remedy

      Flea, Tick, Heartworm, Parasite Prevention for Dogs,

      DIY Natural, Herbal Homeopathic Flea, Tick, Mite, Mosquito Repellent Sprays, Rubs, Dips for Dogs and Cats
      http://ottawavalleydogwhisperer.blogspot.ca/2013/05/diy-natural-herbal-homeopathic-flea_18.html

      DIY Natural, Herbal, Homeopathic Dewormers for Dogs and Cats
      http://ottawavalleydogwhisperer.blogspot.ca/2013/05/diy-natural-herbal-homeopathic.html


      Foods That Help Your Dog, Cat Naturally Repel, Eliminate Infestations of Insects, Parasites
      http://ottawavalleydogwhisperer.blogspot.ca/2013/07/foods-that-help-your-dogcat-naturally.html

      Add DIY Natural Supplements to Your Dog's, Cat's Diet to Protect Against the Toxins, Carcinogens in Conventional Flea, Tick, Heartworm, Parasite Preventatives and Treatments
      http://ottawavalleydogwhisperer.blogspot.ca/2013/05/diy-supplement-your-dogs-cats-diet-to.html

      Cheers, Karen

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  13. Hello Dog Whisperer..

    Great information!! The most detailed I have found to date.. Thank you for that!

    Quick question on Garlic.. I thought you weren't suppose to cook the raw/fresh garlic.. is this incorrect and you can cook it?

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    1. Hi Debbie, when cooked garlic is more for taste, when consumed in its fresh form its beneficial properties are at their best. I give it to my dogs in its fresh form.

      Cheers, Karen

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  14. My Pom, Molly who is 8 years old, just diagnosed with Lyme Disease. A blood and Urine test were taken. We live in Vermont, #2 highest state with Lyme in dogs"( She had frontline on but anyway. They have her on an antibiotic, (Doc) I have cried a river and I am having nightmares that she passes.. Is there anything you know of that may help?

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    1. Hi Kathy,

      You have to boost his immune system...

      If he is on processed dog kibble get him off of it ASAP and switch to my homemade dog food recipe http://ottawavalleydogwhisperer.blogspot.ca/2012/06/home-made-diy-dog-food-recipes-grain.html.

      In addition to the turmeric in my dog food recipe add 1/4 tsp of additional turmeric to every meal along with coconut oil. You will find articles on both on my blog site.

      Norwegian Kelp 1/4 tsp per day

      Raw unpasturized honey 1/4 tsp per every 10lbs of body weight

      Norwegian cod liver oil - 1/2 tsp/day

      Plain all natural yogurt or kefir - read my article on dairy products to understand how to choose a good product and for dosage

      Herb - Cat's Claw (for dosage see the table at the bottom of my articles on herbs good for dogs, bad for dogs)

      Rooibos tea (see my article)

      Papaya fresh minced 1 tbs with every meal

      Garlic as per the article above

      This WILL help him! Cheers, Karen

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  15. I have a 6 month old French Bulldog, I was wondering about the garlic as he is on coconut oil, kefir, yoghurt, fruits and veggies everything haha but with the pumpkin seeds for the deworming I have noticed he was scratching his butt on the floor! do you think the garlic is better for that, and he is about 7kg so should I give him only HALF a tsp everyday for how long or is it always?

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    1. As he is only 6 months of age it would be best to cut the garlic dosage in half. You could also use the Diatomaceous Earth (DE).

      Garlic can be used as part of a regular daily diet. All of my dogs get garlic daily.

      Cheers, Karen

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  16. Thank u for this detailed information =) is very kind of u to have this site where we can search for answers for our infinite questions on how to raise our dogs the best way. =D I've been giving my GSD female dog with more than 2 cloves of garlic a day mixed with her smashed game bone and meat, and her high standard comercial food. At first I could hear her burps and stuf, but as for now I know she has no allergies any more, and her teeth are white and her fur smells great.
    I heard someone saying that garlic was toxic and i just couldn't believe it... I got scared, couse my dog is pregnant and I, insted of lowering tha dosage I increased it!
    Now I have much more info on how feed her rigth, and garlic is definetly on the menu!!

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  17. Hi Karen, thank you for the great info! I have a 2 year old Doberman that just went through a surgery to remove a malignant sarcoma. The wound is a little infected so I am trying garlic but, the vet is suggesting we also do radiation therapy because the margin. We're narrow on the results from the lab for the sarcoma removed. Any suggestions? Thank you so much for your help!

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    1. Hi Sara - garlic alone is not a sufficient intervention. The infection should can be addressed via natural topical and ingestion treatment. Garlic alone is not sufficient. Organic raw unpasturized honey can be used topically on the wound to fight the infection.

      I would recommend that her diet be looked at in detail to fight off infection, speed healing and boost her overall immune system.

      Cheers, Karen

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  18. hi love your site! can i give my dogs the green leaves from the garlic? i am growing some as an experiment and i wanted to know if the leaves from it are safe. thanks!

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    1. Hi Ericka, yes you can use the garlic scapes as well as the bulb - however....
      The scapes should be prepared for use in the same manner as the garlic bulb and the dosage is also the same and must not be exceeded.

      Cheers, Karen

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    2. thanks! i prechopped them up and put them in the fridge. also earlier you mentioned to another comment about chopping up a batch of the cloves and putting them in the fridge for later use, i my self have 3 dogs 3 different sizes. could i put water in with the chopped garlic? i was thinking it might help preserve the properties of it instead of it drying it out. thanks again!

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    3. While you could pre-chop the garlic, as noted in the article above - once the garlic is bruised, crushed, sliced, chopped or minced you only have an hour until the beneficial properties begin to degrade. Whole, intact peeled garlic cloves can be kept in the refrigerator as is (not in water) for weeks and will stay fresh. Best to chop, slice, crush etc. only 10 to 15 minutes prior to consumption. Cheers, K

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    4. Hi Karen, May I please know your full name??

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    5. http://ottawavalleydogwhisperer.blogspot.ca/p/about.html

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  19. I just want to say thank you thank you thank you. I live in South Africa and have been experimenting and making my own dog food for my 2 dog children and your blog have pointed out some of my important mistakes despite my best intensions! Like over fascinations and cooking meat at high heat and including rice. I had to give me puppies flea and worm drugs form the vet as the infestation was severe and as soon as they have settled I will absoluelty use your advise on natural prevention and rather have a few fleas than toxins in their bodies. It is very difficult to find trust worthy information so thank you so much for your blog with all its free advice that as a great lover of my dogs to, simply makes sense. THANK YOU. There is so much mis-information and fear spread. Simone

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  20. Hi, my dog was diagnosed with Parvo 2 days ago. He already had received his shot before he was diagnosed. I do not have the 800$ required for the treatment. He has only puked (white foam) twice since he first got sick and has no blood in his poop. I have been giving him Pedialyte every 30 mins. Yesterday, he seemed to be as if he was not sick at all and he ate up all the chicken and rice with a clove of garlic that I prepared for him. He was even drinking water on his own and running around. Today, he seems to not have the same energy. A lot of people say that most dogs do not survive Parvo but I refuse to think in that sense. Rocky is a pitbull, 13 wks old and weighs 27lbs. If you have any info at your disposal that will help get him through to recovery I would gladly appreciate it. -Abrielle

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    1. Small dog about 4 kilos (about 8.5 to 9 lbs) mix 2 tsps pure calcium ascorbate powder in filtered water – give orally every hour for 4 repeats. If you cant find any use lemon - read my article on lemon.

      Plus

      Medi-honey - read my article on honey (you can't use regular honey!)

      Slippery Elm - read my article

      Ginger - read my article

      Bone broth - read my article

      Get him on this now or he will die.

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  21. Hi Karen, my 69lbs dog has been diagnosed with Lyme almost 2 weeks ago. Doctor gave him Doxycycline (3 pills once a day). I have been giving him garlic and kept ticks off for a very long time but when we were on vacation a few months ago my in laws had him and didn`t feed him garlic, they didn`t believe in it. When we got back I found a fat tick on his chest that has been there for a while, almost ready to now jump off (dog is a very short hair light tan pibble and you can spot the tiniest thing on him immediately but my in laws are old and didn`t see it). After a week of 3 Doxy. pills I started giving him only 2 pills and I give him one big clove of garlic every evening (and just started giving him Kefir, I also add a little Turmeric and Milk Thisle powders in his food). Since garlic is a strong natural antibiotic I was wondering if I could eliminate the Doxycycline and increase the garlic dose instead ? I have also read a bit about homeopathic Ledum 1M, do you know anything about it ? What are your thoughts/advice on this ? A million thank yous, have a beautiful evening !
    Eugenia Belmore

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    1. Hi Eugenia - successful support cannot be achieved by adding a few items to your Pittie's diet - a properly designed holistic approach is required - http://ottawavalleydogwhisperer.ca/diet-nutrition-wellness-plans/ Cheers, Karen

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  22. Awesome blog!
    Cheers from Portugal!

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  23. If I buy the all natural, no fillers garlic capsules what would be the recommended doseage for dogs weighing approx; 20 lbs and 95lbs;? I dont want to use the chemical stuff on them but I work 2 jobs and just honestly have the time or organizatuin to make my own. there are all natural capsules on the market but they com in many different strengths, so other than fresh garlic what doseage would you recommend base on weight? thank you very much, you clearly care a great deal about animals!

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    1. Garlic capsules - even the most expensive are useless

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  24. I was wondering if I could use crushed garlic in a few inches of water for a foot/paw bath. My 8 year old Beagle is allergic to chicken and 2 months ago she snatched some from my other dog's plate. Since then, her paws have become so swelled and red that she has been having trouble walking on them. The Vet said it was allergies and wanted to give her a cortisone shot but I refused. He also wanted to send me to an allergy specialist to see about using Atopica. which I will not do. Her paws obviously have the smell and look of yeast infection. I have used many things on the advise of a naturopathic doctor and a homeopathic vet, including DerMagic lotion, a homeopathic yeast ointment, witch hazel with baking soda spray, bathing in Zymox shampoo and rinse, etc., and am currently using Zymox topical spray with hydrocortisone. Nothing has helped her paws in the least. She is so miserable and I am desperate to find a cure. I would have used honey from the start, but she just licks it right off. I home cook for my 2 dogs and we have just begun the NAET allergy elimination program. I need to find my poor baby some relief quickly. Can you advise, please. Thank you so much.

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    1. Hi Ruth, unfortunately there are a lot of veterinarians and 'specialists' out there that truly do not know what they are doing.

      DerMagic lotion has some very nice ingredients for soothing minor conditions such as a bug bite - it does not contain any ingredients that can deal with more serious conditions. It is mostly aloe and oils - with a little rosemary.

      Zymox contains known toxins and carcinogens
      (Decyl Glucoside, Lauryl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine) you can read more about that here http://ottawavalleydogwhisperer.blogspot.ca/2012/07/dog-and-pet-shampoo-unsafe-harmful.html

      All of the other topicals that were suggested to you were inappropriate and to be honest there is no topical application on its own that can resolve this.

      I deal with many cases such as yours on a weekly basis. I did a diet nutrition wellness plan for a client with a beagle 2 weeks ago - the beagle had swollen, bleeding paws and all-over body yeast infection. No testing for allergies required, no elimination diet required. I deal with mild to very severe cases - an elimination diet is only required in a very small percentage of the cases.

      The condition once in its advanced stages must be addressed thoroughly - an elimination diet on its own cannot do this - natural supplementation to help the body clear and re-balance is an immediate necessity. If this is not done properly topical treatment will not resolve the problem.

      Paw soaks can be found here http://ottawavalleydogwhisperer.blogspot.ca/2012/04/natural-remedies-for-dogs-cats-with.html

      If you decide you would like proper support on this to get the current discomfort treated and a proper approach designed to support ongoing health and avoidance of future infections I would be happy to do a detailed diet nutrition wellness plan for you via the service I offer.





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  25. What about the Springtime Inc Bug Off garlic pills??

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    1. Springtime Inc Bug Off garlic pills fall into the same class as any processed garlic - ineffective and with little to no health benefit.

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