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).


Spirit Spider
Spirit Spider4 years ago

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

Robert O.
Robert O5 years ago

Thanks Melissa.

Lynn D.
Lynn D5 years ago

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

Patricia Trillo
Patricia Trillo5 years ago

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

Tanya W.
Tanya W5 years ago


J.L. A.
JL A5 years ago

good to know

Fiona T.
Past Member 5 years ago

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

Beatriz Blauth
Beatriz Blauth5 years ago

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!!!

Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago


B Jackson
BJ J5 years ago

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