Garlic Updated on: July 18th, 2019

Garlic is a species in the onion genus, Allium. Its close relatives include the onion, shallot, leek, chive, and Chinese onion. Garlic is native to Central Asia and northeastern Iran, and has long been a common seasoning worldwide, with a history of several thousand years of human consumption and use

why we feed

Raw garlic contains two enzymes: allinn and alliinase. When you crush, mince or chop garlic, these enzymes combine to create the enzyme allicin. Allicin is the active medicinal ingredient in garlic that gives it those antibiotic, anti-cancer, antiviral and antioxidant properties. Peel the cloves then mince, chop or crush your fresh garlic and let it sit 10 to 15 minutes before use. Allicin degrades quickly, so use the garlic immediately after the “sitting” period for maximum benefit.

how to feed

Always use fresh, organic garlic that is still in its husk before you peel and feed your dog (no pre-chopped garlic in the jar or already pre-peeled garlic in the bags). Do not go off the clove size as cloves differ. Use a measuring spoon after you have chopped/minced/crushed the garlic. 5lbs: 1/6 tsp | 10lbs: 1/3 tsp | 15lbs: 1/2 tsp | 20lbs: 2/3 tsp | 30 lbs: 1 tsp | Feed once a day every day during flea season. For health benefits, feed once a day every day then skip a week. . PUPPIES: Don’t give garlic to puppies under six months. Puppies eight weeks or less don’t produce new red blood cells so never give them garlic. For puppies aged six months to a year, you can be cautious and feed half the regular dose.

Additional info

There is a lot of misconception of garlic being toxic to dogs! ANYTHING in large amounts can be toxic. Studies found it takes approximately 15 to 30 grams of garlic per kg of body weight to produce harmful changes in a dog’s blood. To put that into perspective, the average clove of supermarket garlic weighs between 3 and 7 grams, so your dog would have to eat a lot to get really sick. However, some dogs are more sensitive to garlic toxicity than others, so keep that in mind and introduce very slow.