Garlic? To Eat, or Not to Eat?

Summer is here and with all the warm temperatures, we increase our vigilance on preventing fleas and ticks.  After taking time in researching different methods of preventing and controlling those annoying pests, I’ve grown ever so weary of using insecticides which are either applied behind the shoulder blades of dogs and absorbed through their skin and circulated throughout their bloodstream or our pets are dipped into a bath of them.  The idea of regularly applying these toxic chemicals directly on to our pets makes me cringe with how this adversely affects their health.  I know I wouldn’t want a monthly dose of insecticides!

After some enlightening conversations with friends and colleagues and reading Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health For Dogs and Cats, my mind was opened. Dr. Pitcairn discusses and focuses an entire chapter on the benefits of exercise and holistic ways of caring for our pets.  The holistic ways in caring for our pets is one which stood out for me.  For the longest time and maybe with being inundated with marketing on flea and tick control brands, it honestly, never crossed my mind in finding insect repellent naturally in our foods.  I’m grateful for being exposed to the sea change in how we feed our pets.

Garlic is touted as a great antimicrobial, dewormer and preventer of fleas and ticks.  I decided to try it out.  Well, actually, I decided something bigger than just supplementing with garlic.  I decided in feeding my Bears real food like a variety of vegetables, fruits, meats and bones.  Along with their evening meals, I include a clove or two of garlic.  Eddie and I changed them over to more of a BARF and raw food diet a few months ago and I have to say, I’ve not seen a tick or flea on them.  I live in OK, and we’ve had a tremendous amount of rain and sometimes we haven’t cut the grass in a timely fashion, so the environment was ripe for these issues.  I check them often and I’ve not see any signs contrary to this.  The ABC Pet Nutrition and Diet program I successfully completed along with Dr. Pitcairn’s expertise touches on the idea that the problem isn’t with eradicating fleas and ticks all together, but rather seeing pets riddled with fleas is more indicative of a pet suffering from suppressed immune system, therefore a pet not living with optimal health. Diets can affect how we behave, our ability to focus, work and relax.  The same, I believe, is true for our pets.

Even though I believe in the power of real food not only for ourselves, but also our furry friends, I also believe in being knowledgeable about issues before a decision is made.  If you’re curious about finding out for yourself, check out Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats.

Dog Food Advisor (a website I often site to clients when we discuss pet foods) came out with pros and cons for feeding garlic: Dog Food Advisor-Garlic.  This website may focus more on the negatives, but its also good to consider.

Finally, Dogs Naturally Magazine discusses the pros of garlic in our pets diet: Dogs Naturally Magazine

I would like to hear from you all about your experiences!

Published by houndbiz

Katherine Porter is a force free, reward based dog behavior advisor and consultant serving clients and their companion dogs worldwide. Her calm and gentle approach in coaching clients in effectively communicating what they want to their dog blends her MSW background into her dog training and behavior practice. Katherine was a behavior consultant for Heeling Hounds after graduation. She opened Four Paws and You Dog Training LLC when the military relocated her family to Fort Sill, OK in 2015. During this time, she volunteered with Rainbow Bridge Can Wait where she provided post adoption consultations to new pet parents. She also developed and implemented tailored behavior modification plans for highly reactive dogs residing at the shelter. She also provided educational programs to military children through interactive workshops at the Fort Sill School Age Center. In 2017, Katherine relocated Four Paws and You Dog Training LLC to Germany. She served the Armed Forces communities in Bavaria. She continued coaching and advising her clients in addressing their companion dog’s fearful and reactive behavioral issues. Katherine takes a Do No Harm approach first and foremost in providing behavioral plans. She is committed in serving clients with gentle and modern science approaches in modifying behavioral concerns such as reactivity, aggression, separation anxiety and fear based responses. Katherine is a member of the Pet Professional Guild. She is focused on integrating a holistic and modern approach in addressing her client’s pet companion reactive behavior issues.

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