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August 12th, 2008
By Eric Letendre
Last night Rach and I hurried up to finish all our work so we could sit down and watch the Olympics. You may not know this but Rach is a national champion gymnast and gets very excited when the Olympics come on.
We ordered some Chinese food (love moo shu chicken) and sat down to watch. During one commercial break I fired up my laptop to check for an email that I was waiting for and was blown away by what I saw. My inbox was flooded with questions about garlic.
In yesterday’s email, I stated that I have been feeding my dogs garlic for years to combat fleas and for other health reasons. I have been doing this for so long that I took it for granted that everyone else did the same.
The overwhelming response that I received shows that this is not the case. So let me share some info on garlic with you. I started feeding my dogs garlic after reading “Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats.”
Let me state right up front that there are a lot of people out their in internet land that say garlic is not good for your dogs and that it does nothing to keep away fleas. All I can say is that I have used it for years and don’t use any type of commercial flea repellent, and have never had a flea problem, and my dogs are also very healthy.
However if you don’t feel comfortable feeding garlic don’t do it. To quote Dr. Pitcairn from his on-line forum after someone posted a negative response to garlic:
“I already said I have not seen problems with garlic in the amounts recommended in the recipes I have used. However, don’t use it if it frightens you. Why make a problem for yourself? Not that important.”
If you want to feed garlic here is what Dr. Pitcairn recommends:
1/8 tsp to each cup of food.
You have different options when it comes to garlic. You can get it in pill form, powder, you can chop it yourself, or you can buy it already chopped.
I buy the big jugs of garlic. I just scoop it right out of the jar and toss it on my dog’s food.
He also recommends slowly introducing the garlic. Here is a list of benefits of garlic:
As I stated earlier, I have been feeding it to my dogs for years with no problems. As with any drug or herb that you feed your dog, you should watch for any sensitivities.
Wishing you and your dog all the best.