SlimDoggy Mythbuster | Giving Your Dog Garlic Prevents Parasites

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bustamythI’ve never bought into the logic behind this myth – is it supposed to detract parasites because your dog has bad breath? I don’t know, but it’s not really true. So put the garlic away.

Garlic can actually be toxic to your pet. It is a member of the Allium family (which includes onions, shallots, leeks & chives). Even a small amount can be toxic because dogs – and cats – are not able to easily digest these plants.

So, not only is it not effective at keeping parasites away, it can be toxic to your pet – steer clear.

Additional Resources:

Garlic For Dogs: Poison Or Medicine?
Garlic Toxicity and Pets
The Shocking Truth About Dogs and Garlic

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  1. it\’s a myth what\’s sadly still alive… the worst is, that we got this \”tip\” once by a professional groomer, think people who work for and with dogs should be better informed…

  2. Mom doesn’t even let us in the kitchen until onions are garlic in the pan, too scary! Thanks for sharing!!
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  3. Oh yes, baaaaad garlic! Some people…sheesh!
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  4. I’ve noticed that some some say it’s great in small dosages, while others realize it’s toxic. I’ve always steered clear of it ~ if onions are bad for our pups, logic dictates that garlic is, too.
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  5. If you don’t understand the logic behind it, then you really can’t criticize, can you? It had nothing to do with the dogs getting garlic-breath, and fleas aren’t vampires–garlic won’t ward them off. In fact, if your dogs eat garlic, they will NOT smell like it at all. The *fact* is, garlic contains sulfur which is a natural bug repellent. In addition, it’s an antioxidant, antibacterial/antifungal/antiviral, and anti-allergen. Garlic has nothing but benefits.

    For anyone interested in educating themselves on it:

  6. I like the smell of it, but they won’t let me have any!
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  7. Good reminder! I still see this questionable garlic recommendation on many websites.
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  8. Thankfully, we never heard that myth.
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  9. For years my sister and her husband believed totally in this nonsense. When we brought Harley home, they tried to convince me to do it – not happening sister! Before Harley, I used to look at them as such animal guru’s – but knowledge is power and now I see them as poster children for everything wrong one could possibly do with/for pets. I’m going to share this post with them – I guarantee you they’ll have a comeback comment!
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  10. Thanks for sharing this, people are so stuck on stuff they hear and don’t want to give the animals “chemicals” to treat parasites but in the end they are causing them toxic harm.
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  11. I think the amount of garlic we’d have to add to our dogs’ diet to see an improvement would be knocking on the door to toxic so I don’t buy this either. I do believe that an improved diet makes a big difference. We haven’t had to use the topical treatments on our dogs since switching to raw; we can use all natural. I want to believe it’s the diet, because I have friends who lived nearby and they had horrible flea years when we were flea free. It can also have something to do with our property – which is mostly covered by sun – and just plain old luck.
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  12. We used it for a bit. It is actually processed and marketed as a bug repellent. It did not make their breath stinky, but it did make their butt stinky. 🙂 We did run it past our vet who was fine with it.

    My understanding is, the skin (the really dry part) of the garlic is what is toxic to dogs and they have to eat a lot of it to hurt them.
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