Consuming regular garlic supplementation has a number of benefits to support your dog’s health, just like how humans benefit from eating garlic. If given regularly in small doses, it will help to improve your dog’s health inside and out. Always check with your vet before administering a new supplement to your pet.
Garlic is high in amino acids, can improve circulation, has detoxifying properties and is a liver enhancer. Make sure your dog’s digestive system is healthy before feeding him garlic as the high fructan and sulphur content can cause digestive upsets in dogs suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut and inflammatory bowel disease.
Natural Benefits of Garlic Supplementation
Antifungal, antiparasitic and antibiotic properties
Helps deter the formation of blood clots
Reduces cholesterol build up
Widens blood vessels
Aids in preventing the formation of tumors
Stimulates the lymphatic system
Can Garlic Act as a Flea and Tick Repellent?
Yes garlic may act as a natural flea and tick repellent. Garlic can take a few weeks to build up in your dog’s natural coat oil, so make sure you plan ahead and start garlic supplementation in time.
After regular supplementation, the garlic should enter your dog’s bloodstream and as fleas are known to hate the scent and taste of garlic this should hopefully lead to fleas being repelled. Dosage of your garlic supplement should be 1-2 capsules daily, depending on your dog’s size. Capsules can be sprinkled over their food or given whole.
When Shouldn’t You Give Garlic Supplementation?
Pregnant or nursing dogs. It’s always wise to check with your vet before giving pregnant or nursing dogs any supplementation.
Your dog is a puppy under 6 months old. Puppies under 8 weeks old don’t produce new red blood cells therefore giving a garlic supplement is not advisable. If they’re over 6 months old, a garlic supplement should only be given in a half dose.
Particular breeds. Certain breeds like the Akitas and Shiba Inus are more sensitive to the effects of oxidants like Npropyl disulphide found in garlic. Talk with your vet to check if your dogs breed would be suitable for garlic supplementation.
If your dog is taking other medication. Some medications can interact with garlic supplements, therefore don’t use them if your dog takes any type of; immune suppressant, heart medication, chemotherapy drug, insulin, blood thinner, antacid or high blood pressure drug.