Is Garlic Safe for Dogs?

Is Garlic Safe for Dogs?

Is Garlic Safe for Dogs?

It’s great when pet owners ask questions, because it shows they genuinely care about the well-being of the animals in their care. One of the questions we get asked a lot is, “Is garlic safe for dogs? Why do you have it in Stay Loyal food?”

Many pet poison sites list garlic as a toxic food that you should not feed your dog, along with chocolate and grapes. However, if you dig deeper, and follow the bunny trail down the path of research and homeopathic canine herbalist who specialize in these types of foods, you will find that while this statement can be true, it is grossly overstated.

The statement “too much of a good thing is bad” is true of almost everything we put into our bodies. Too much water can kill you. Potassium is used for lethal injections. Yet both are essential for life – we need water to keep our bodies hydrated and potassium keeps the heart pumping.

In regards to toxicity, the same can be said of garlic. A study done by Interdisciplinary Toxicology was done to figure out just how much of popularly labeled toxic foods – chocolate, caffeine, grapes, raisins, onion, avocado, macadamia nuts, xylitol, alcohol and garlic – your dog would need to consume to start seeing signs of toxicity.

Their conclusion? “Garlic is considered to be less toxic and safe for dogs than onion when used in moderation.” They were feeding 5 grams of garlic per kilogram of body weight each day to the dogs during the trial. That’s a LOT of garlic. Take a 30-kilogram dog, you would have to feed that dog 150 grams of garlic in one day, which equates to almost 21 cloves of garlic (assuming the cloves weigh about 7 grams). And, even at that high amount, the dogs did not develop hemolytic anemia, which is one of the main concerns about feeding garlic.

Obviously, you don’t want to feed your dog this much garlic and have him be at risk for anemia. But you don’t eat 5g of garlic per kilogram of your own body weight a day, either.

However, it’s definitely safe to feed your dog a little each day, and very beneficial!

Garlic Benefits

Rita Hogan is a canine herbalist who has been feeding her dogs garlic for years, her pug is 16-years-old and going strong with this daily dose of garlic.

One of the main reasons many herbalists give their dogs garlic is because it acts an internal flea and tick repellant that is much safer than the chemicals you buy at the pet store.

But it does so much more than that! Garlic also helps the liver detoxify and boosts the immune system. Garlic is known to help with bacterial, viral and fungal infections, things dogs frequently suffer from. Garlic can also lower blood cholesterol, reduce fat build up in arteries and even help prevent blood clots!

So Why is it in Stay Loyal?

At Stay Loyal, we are dedicated to providing a holistic dog food diet that, along with fresh fruit and veggies and meaty bones, will give your dog the best nutrition to live a long and healthy life. As you read above, garlic has many wonderful properties that not only keeps every day pests and problems away, but can help prevent big, potentially fatal problems like blood clots and liver problems. Instead of having to chop and crush fresh garlic daily for your pet, we’ve made it simple by adding it to their kibble. It’s just one more way we are making sure we are feeding the “whole dog” for balanced nutrition from the inside out.

If you wanted to add a bit of fresh garlic to your dog’s food, say when he is fighting a fungal infection or kennel cough, for an extra boost, the following is a good guideline from The Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats by Dr. Pitcairn:

5 to 7 kilograms: 1/2 clove

9 to 18 kilograms: 1 clove

20 to 32 kilograms: 2 cloves

34 to 40 Kilograms: 2.5 cloves

45+ kilograms: 3 cloves

(One clove equals Approximately 7grams)

Heart Healthy Foods for Dogs

Heart Healthy Foods for Dogs

I bet you didn’t know heart disease is more common in dogs than it is in people. While we can’t remove genetic risks, we can help our dog’s heart stay healthy by making sure they are getting the right foods that support dog heart health. This includes foods that are high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Taurine, an amino acids. Here is a list of foods that you can add to your dog’s daily kibble that are good sources of these nutrients.

Vitamin A

* Carrots

* Spinach

* Kale

* Cod Liver Oil

* Turkey Liver

* Beef Liver

* Rock Melon (remove rind)

* Watermelon (remove rinds and seeds)

Vitamin C

* Broccoli

* Strawberries

* Blackberries

* Potatoes

* Raspberries

* Spinach

* Sweet Potato

* Rock melon (remove rind)

* Watermelon (remove rind and seeds)

* Kiwifruit

These three are not high in Vitamin C, but are still considered a “good source”:

* Carrots

* Green beans

Vitamin E

* Spinach

* Kale

* Coconut oil

* Olive oil

* Canola oil

* Broccoli

* Parsley

* Kiwifruit

Taurine

* Beef (especially liver/heart)

* Lamb (especially liver/heart)

* Dark chicken meat

* Seaweed

* Krill

* Salmon

* Tuna

Whenever you are adding something to your dog’s diet, do so slowly. You don’t want to cause a tummy upset, especially if it’s not something they are used to. Also, some of these foods, like spinach, contain high amounts of more than one of these, so pay attention to what you are giving your dog – you don’t want to give them too much of one mineral or acid. As the saying goes “too much of a good thing is bad.” And that is true. All of these can have bad side effects if your dog has too much.

If you don’t want to fuss with adding these to your dog’s food, select a kibble that contains all these heart healthy ingredients already! Our Stay Loyal line has added vitamins (including A, C, and E), added Taurine and as well as foods that include these naturally, like potatoes, fruits, vegetables and oils.

And don’t forget – food is not the only thing that’s important for keeping your dog’s heart healthy! Exercise and weight management are just as important. Make sure your dog is getting the right amount of exercise and that you are keeping him at a good weight. Excess fat makes the heart work harder, so a lean dog will be healthier!

Exercise, a healthy weight and good food can really help your dog live longer and stay healthy

Useful Tricks to Teach Your Dog

Useful Tricks to Teach Your Dog

Teaching tricks can really strengthen your bond with your dog and it brings the fun back to training. While teaching a formal heel is tedious, teaching your dog to shake, high-five, roll-over or play dead is fun! Some tricks are not just cute, but have real-life applications. The following are a few trick ideas to teach your dog that are useful for you. Some can even help your dog overcome behavior problems.

Put Your Dog To Work! (Helpful Tricks)

A lot of these “tricks” are things service dogs are taught to help their owners around the house. Even if your best friend is not a service dog, she can still help you out around the house with these fun tricks.

Put Away Your Toys. Just like your kids, your dog can learn to put away his toys. Have a basket that holds them all and when it’s time to sweep or vacuum, or guests are coming, your dog can help clean up!

Throw it Away. Using one of those garbage cans with the pedal foot to open the lid, you can teach your dog to pick up things on the floor and throw it away. Word of caution – you have just taught your dog to open a garbage can.

Do Laundry. Do you have a sock thief at home? Put him to work! This is a variation of put away your toys. You teach your dog to put your socks in your laundry basket! (Or any article of clothing!) No more picking up after your kids – let the dog do it.

Turn On the Light. This is something many service dogs are taught. You can teach your dog to either turn on a touch or step-on light, or if they are tall enough, to flip a light switch with their nose or paw.

Tricks That Help! (Behavior Tricks)

These are the tricks that will make your life easier by turning something your dog normally doesn’t like into a highly rewarded and fun trick.

Paw or Shake. This is awesome for dogs that do not want their feet touched for trimming or nail clipping. A sheltie I know would start to whine and then scream as soon as you reached for his paws for a nail clip or for trimming the hair around his paws. His owner taught him to shake and then build up the length of time she held his paw. She paired this with desensitizing for the clippers or trimmers and he no longer cries, but stands quietly.

Get Dressed. Does your dog not like the collar going on over his head, or maybe is so excited you can’t get him to sit still long enough to buckle his harness? You can turn it into a highly rewarded trick by teaching them to “get dressed,” put their head through the collar or harness as you hold it still, and then stand while you buckle.

Relax. This is where you teach your dog to stay lying down on their back (think mid-roll over). It’s great for grooming their belly, makes nail clipping easy (all the paws are in the air!) and can be useful at the vet. You can also teach them to lie flat on their side and stay for the same reasons. Just give each one a different cue. So maybe you have “side” for lying on their side and “relax” for lying on their back, as an example.

Stand-stay. Stand is a useful “trick” for grooming, vet examines, etc. It’s easy to teach too.

These tricks are just a starting point. Dog can learn a surprising number of things, so use your imagination. If you want some inspiration, just search for Jesse the Jack Russell on YouTube – he makes tea, folds laundry, and even helps with the shopping!