Is it safe for dogs to eat garlic?


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Garlic and other related vegetables, including onions, can be very toxic to dogs. Although some alternative health practitioners advocate for garlic to be fed to dogs, as little as a single clove has the potential to induce hemolytic anemia due to the destruction of red blood cells.

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Garlic and related plants contain sulphur compounds that damage red blood cells in pets. Dogs and cats are particularly susceptible to this damage. Since red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body, damage to these cells reduces the body's ability to use oxygen, resulting in muscle weakness and fatigue. Garlic is considered five times more potent than onions at producing hemolytic anemia in dogs. Garlic poisoning can occur even from daily feedings of very small amounts of garlic, so using garlic as a holistic remedy is not recommended.

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