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Garlic and Your Pets

Garlic and Your Pets

Garlic has been given medicinally to humans and animals for at least 4,000 years. In the past 20 years, 2,000 studies have been performed on garlicís impact on our most serious, widespread illnesses. One report concluded that the herb may have direct benefits against the “seven major diseases of our time: Hypertension, hyperlipemia (high cholesterol), heavy metal intoxication, infectious disease, free-radical damage, cancer and immune deficiency disease.”

According to Walter Lastís research, garlic protects against metastases and inhibits the growth of existing tumors. It also strengthens the immune system and allows the liver to detoxify more effectively.

Catsí immune systems can easily become compromised from poor diet, stress, disease, breeding and showing and aging. Garlic is one herb that can help rebuild the immune system. It has been shown, through a variety of experiments, to be effective against viral infections, parasites and fungal infections. Fresh garlic is sometimes used to treat fleas, but garlic salt and garlic flavoring do not work. One drawback is that garlic may cause anemia if given for long periods of time.

In her 1999 book, Keep Your Dog Healthy the Natural Way, medical writer Pat Lazarus lists garlic as one of several nutritional supports for canine cancer patients. Based on veterinariansí reports, she recommends garlic tablets (Garlkicin or Kyolic); give one tablet daily to a small dog, two to three tablets twice daily to a larger dog.

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Adapted from The Healthy Pet Manual: A Guide to the Prevention and Treatment of Cancer by Deborah Straw (Healing Arts Press, 2005).

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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9:09PM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

I had no idea garlic is good for cats and dogs!

9:17AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

Thanks Melissa.

2:20AM PST on Feb 19, 2013

All my dogs loved it as much as I do ----- thanks!

7:53PM PST on Feb 15, 2013

Unless they are organic pills can be good, but it is better to chop and mix well in food

5:52AM PST on Feb 15, 2013


11:06AM PST on Feb 14, 2013

good to know

2:27AM PST on Jan 12, 2013

It is good for us and so the same to our pets

11:10AM PST on Jan 2, 2013

I always knew onion and garlic are very toxic for cats and dogs!!!! Please, better check this out with your vet before giving it to your pets!!!

11:42AM PST on Dec 31, 2012


9:44AM PST on Dec 31, 2012

The lady that owned a high end boarding kennel always cooked rice with garlic & parsley to add to dog food. Never had any problems.

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