Onion & Garlic

Let’s bust some myths!

Onions and garlic are part of the allium family and, in dogs, damage the oxygen-carrying substance found in red blood cells called haemoglobin. This means they can cause anaemic and onion toxicosis. 

That’s a cheerful start – not!

It takes only around 100 grams of onion per 20kg of a dog’s weight to cause toxic effects.

So, if your dog weighs 20kg, even a small onion will cause toxic problems.

Now, I have never seen my dog interested in raw onions, but that is not to say a counter surfing dog wouldn’t turn his nose up at a fresh lasagne right out of the oven.

So, with few health benefits, this story is over for the common onion!

Onions might not on the menu for your dog, however it is worth keeping an open mind about garlic. In the right quantities, it can be a super food with super health benefit.

The horror stories of how garlic causes haemolytic anaemia puts most dog owners off using it for a health remedy. This is a shame as it is a powerhouse that, in the right quantities, can benefit a dog in lots of ways, and is a regular feature in our dinner bowl.

Firstly, it takes 2 weeks for it to truly get into your dog’s system. Secondly, the unhealthy dose would be 5g+ per kilo of the dog’s weight per day.

Perspective: My dog is 40kg, so he would have to eat 3 giant garlic bulbs a day, (that’s about 40 small cloves) for it to be harmful. Not even this family of garlic lovers could manage that!

Garlic is not for all dogs. It will change the flavour of a nursing dog’s milk so it is not advised for the nursing bitch. It can interfere with some medicines and it’s not suitable for pups under 6 months old to name a few.

However, it is epic for flea and tick prevention, prevention of blood clots forming and it is an antibiotic, anti-fungal an anti-parasite agent. It is a liver enhancer; it also helps the body warm though improved circulation…the list goes on.  

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