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Can dogs eat garlic?

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Can dogs eat garlic?

Garlic is a common ingredient in the world's cuisine and brings health benefits to humans.

But can dogs eat garlic?

The answer is no.

Garlic contains thiosulfate, a toxic compound that causes destruction of red blood cells and hemolytic anemia in dogs.

Signs of garlic toxicity in dogs include rapid breathing, pale mucous membranes, weakness, dark urine, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, dehydration, and abdominal pain. The toxic dose of garlic for dogs varies, but studies show that 15 to 30 grams of garlic per kilogram of dog can be toxic.

If your dog has eaten garlic, it is important to contact a veterinarian immediately. They can provide instructions on how to handle the situation. Remember that it is always best to consult a veterinarian before adding any new foods to your dog's diet. In general, a high-quality dog food is sufficient to provide all the necessary nutrients, but there is always room for some healthy and homemade snacks.

It is important to note that the studies discussed are based on laboratory conditions and the risk of garlic toxicity in dogs is low when compared to other toxic food items. However, it is best to avoid giving garlic to your dog to prevent any potential health risks.

In conclusion, garlic is toxic for dogs and should be avoided in their diet. If you suspect your dog has ingested garlic, seek veterinary care immediately. Always consult with your veterinarian when making changes to your dog's diet, and stick to a well-balanced diet for your pet.


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Notes and Bibliography

  1. "Toxicity of Garlic (Allium sativum) to Dogs" by J.R. Duncan, B.H. Simpson, A.A. Chandler and M.L. Bailey, published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice in 1990.
  2. "Common Poisonous Plants and Mushrooms of North America" by Nancy J. Turner and Adam F. Szczawinski, which includes information on the toxic effects of garlic in dogs.
  3. "Handbook of Poisonous and Injurious Plants" edited by Lewis S. Nelson, which also includes information on the toxic effects of garlic in dogs.
  4. "Small Animal Toxicology" by Michael E. Peterson, Patricia A. Talcott, which covers the toxic effects of garlic and other foods on dogs.
  5. "Clinical Veterinary Toxicology" by Konnie Plumlee, which includes information on the toxic effects of garlic and other foods on dogs.

It's worth noting that these studies and books are based on laboratory conditions, and in real life cases the risk of garlic toxicity in dogs is low when compared to other toxic food items. However, it is best to avoid giving garlic to your dog to prevent any potential health risks.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2023 Alex

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