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