A Safe, Natural Insect Repellent - 100% Human-Grade Garlic granules provides a 24 hour shield against flies, ticks, mosquitoes, gnats, fleas, etc.*
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• Safe, effective alternative to chemical products
• One of the world's most powerful antioxidant foods
• Promotes friendly bacteria in the digestive tract*
• Provides four times more organic sulfur than any other food
• Contains natural MSM
• Stimulates immunity - antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, & anti-parasitic*
Veterinarians versed in natural alternatives use garlic in their private practices throughout the world. While best known for its health protective properties, garlic has been used for centuries as an insect repellent. Springtime's air-dried garlic takes that benefit to a new level and is far safer than many chemical products. You may use this product with total confidence.
Good: One scoop (≈ 3g) per 60 lb. body weight daily.
Better: Two scoops per 60 lb.
Best: Three scoops per 60 lb.
Best dose is recommended for areas of high infestation.
Recommended: Please start out with just a sprinkle for the
first few days and increase gradually to the best amount
for your dog's weight. It may take 2 - 4 weeks to maximize
protection. Year-round feeding is recommended.
|Guaranteed Springtime Analysis|
|Air dried garlic granules||453,600 mg/lb|
|Ingredients: 100% air dried garlic granules|
Bug Off Garlic™ is Safe for Dogs
A Japanese study* proves that garlic toxicity is almost impossible to reach.
Dose - 1/2 lb (equal to about 78 cloves) per 100 lbs body weight is the amount force-fed to study dogs each day for seven straight days. (3 1/2 lbs total equal to 546 raw cloves per 100 lbs bodyweight)
Result - Microscopic examination of subject dogs' blood showed oxidative damage to a small percentage of red blood cells. No dog was anemic. No dog was reported to show sickness, weakness, or other negative signs. Researchers guessed that continued feeding would eventually cause anemia.
*Lee, K.W., Yamato, O., Tajima, M., Kuraoka, M., Omae, S., Meade,Y. "Hematologic changes associated with the appearance of eccentrocytes after intragastric administration of garlic extracts to dogs."American Journal of Veterinary Research. November 2000. Vol. 61, No. 11, 1446-1450.
• Springtime, Inc. is not affiliated in any way, shape, or form with the researchers or publishers of this study.
Conclusion - In my opinion, it is extremely unlikely that any dog would ever voluntarily eat the amount of raw garlic necessary to reach the minimum toxic dose. Most natural veterinarians who recommend feeding raw garlic stay well under 10% of that amount.
Bug Off Garlic air-dried powder is virtually impossible to overfeed. Raw garlic contains about eight times the amount of allicin (oxidative compound)** found in air-dried garlic powder. Increasing the dose eight times means you'd have to feed more than 4 lbs of Bug Off Garlic per 100 lbs of body weight per day. Normal usage is less than 1% of that amount. Bug Off Garlic is absolutely safe for everyday, year round use.
Dennis Hampt, Owner/President of Springtime since 1979.
**Pearson, Wendy. "Garlic (Allium Sativum) for Horses: In Vitro Antibacterial Activity and In Vivo Toxicity." Professor M.I. Lindinger. University of Guelph, 2003.
Toxicity is Dose Dependent
A central concept of toxicology is that effects are dose-dependent; even water can lead to water intoxication when taken in large enough doses, whereas for even a very toxic substance such as snake venom there is a dose below which there is no detectable toxic effect.
"Toxicity." Wikipedia.1 December 2009 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxicity
Household Products That Can Be Toxic to Pets:
Garlic: The Science and Therapeutic Application of Allium sativum L. and Related Species Second Ed.
Heinrich P. Koch, Ph.D., M.Pharm.
Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Biopharmaceutics, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Larry D. Lawson, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, Murdock Madaus Schwabe Group, Springvale, Utah
Williams & Wilkens, Baltimore, Maryland, 1996.
Insecticidal and Repellent Effects
Hills, L.D. (1972) Will garlic replace DDT? Org. Garden. Farm (Sept.)
Banerji, A., Amonkar, S.V., and Bhabha Atomic Res. Ctr. (1978) Insecticidal properties of garlic. India. Patent 144 278. Chem. Abst. 92 (1980) 17 188.
Bhuyan, M., Saxena, B.N., and Rao, K.M. (1974) Repellent properties of iol fraction of garlic. Allium sativum Linn. Indian J. Exp. Bio. 12:575-576.
Sakai, I. (1992b) Allicin-containing pesticide for golf course greens. Japan. Patent 92 05 211. Chem. Abst. 116 (1992) 168 344.
Weisler, R. (1989) Systemic insect repellent composition comprising vitamin B1 and allyl sulfide. U.S.A. Patent 4 876 090. Chem. Abst. 112
Population Studies - Low cancer rates associated with regular garlic consumption.
Dorant, E., van den Brandt. P.A., and Goldbohm, R.A. (1994b) A prospective cohort study on Allium vegetable consumption, garlic supplement use, and the risk of lung carcinoma in the Netherlands. Cancer Res. 54:6148-6153.
Yang, C.S., Wang, Z.Y., and Hong, J.Y., (1994b) Inhibition of tumorigenesis by chemicals from garlic and tea. In: Advances in experimental medicine and biology: diet and cancer: markers, prevention, and treatment. M.M. Jacobs, ed. Plenum, New York, pp. 113-122. Chem. Abst. 122 (1995) 22 889.
Caldwell, D.R. and Danzer, C.J. (1988) Effects of allyl sulfides on the growth of predominant gut anaerobes. Curr. Microbiol. 16:237-241. Chem. Abst. 108 (1988) 146 953.
Abdullah, T.H., Kandil, O., Elkadi, A., and Carter, J. (1988) Garlic revisited: therapeutic for the major diseases of our times? J. Nat. Med. Assoc. 80:439-445. Chem. Abst. 109 (1988) 21 973. Int. Pharm. Abst. 26 (1989) 2286.
Immune Stimulant Effects of Garlic: Animal and In Vitro Studies
Nakata, T. (1973) Effects of fresh garlic extract on tumor growth. Nippon Eiseigaku Zasshi (Jap. J. Hyg.) 27:538-543. Chem. Abst. 79 (1973) 111 680 (Japanese).
Nakata, T., and Fujiwara, M. (1975) Adjuvent action of garlic sugar solu-tion in animals immunized with Ehrlich ascites tumor cells attenuated with allicin. Gann 66:417-419.
Weisberger, A.S., and Pensky, J. (1957) Tumor-inhibiting effects derived from an active principle of garlic (Allium sativum). Science 126:1112-1114.
Effect of garlic on tumors in mice and rats
Kametani, T., Fukumoto, K., and Umezawa, O. (1959) Studies on anticancer agents. I. Synthesis of various alkyl thiosulfinates and tumor-inhibiting effect. Yakugaku Kenkyu (Jap. J. Pharm. Chem.) 31:60-74. Chem. Abst. 54 (1960) 11 018 (Japanese).
Hirsch, A.F., Piantadosi, C., and Irvin, J.L. (1965) Potential anticancer agents. II. The synthesis of some nitrogen mustard containing sulfones and thiosulfinates. J. Med. Chem. 8:10-14. Chem. Abst. 62 (1965) 5215.
Zhou, J., Qi, R., and Zhang, M. (1988) Growth suppression of human leukemic cells in vitro by garlicin (ethyl ethanethiosulfinate). Shandong Yike Daxue Xuebao 26:43-47. Chem. Abst. 110 (1989)
Cheng, H.H. and Tung, T.C. (1981) Effect of allithiamine on sarcoma-180 tumor growth in mice. Taiwan I Hsuch Hui Tsa Chih 80:385-393. Chem. Abst. 95 (1981) 197 366 (Chinese).
Di Paolo, J.A. and Carruthers, C. (1960) The effect of allicin from garlic on tumor growth. Cancer Res. 20:431-434. Chem. Abst. 55 (1961) 3844.
Kimura, Y. and Yamamoto, K. (1964) Cytological effect of chemicals on tumors: influence of crude extracts from garlic and some related species on MTK-sarcoma III. Gann 55:325-329. Chem. Abst. 63 (1965) 1089.
Fujiwara, M. and Natata, T. (1967) Induction of tumor immunity with tumor cells treated with extract of garlic (Allium sativum). Nature 216:83-84.
Aboul-Enein, A.M. (1986) Inhibition of tumor growth with possible immunity by Egyptian garlic extracts. Nahrung 30:161-169
Lau, B.H.S., Woolley, J.L., Marsh, C.L., Barker, G.R., Koobs, D.H., and Torrey, R.R. (1986a) Superiority of intralesional immunotherapy with Corynebacterium parvum and Allium sativum in control of murine transitional cell carcinoma. J. Urol. 136:701-705.
Jacob, R., Isensee, H., Rietz, B., Makdessi, S., and Sweiden, H. (1993a) Cardioprotection by dietary interventions in animal experiments: effect of garlic and various dietary oils under the conditions of experimental infarction. Pharm. Pharmacol. Lett. 3:124-127. Chem. Abst. 123. (1994) 162 425.
Torok, B., Belagyi, J., Rietz, B., and Jacob, R. (1994) Effectiveness of garlic on the radical activity in radical generating systems.
Antidote for Heavy Metal Poisoning and Other Toxins
Hanafy, M.S.M., Shalaby, S.M., El Fouly, M.A.A., El Aziz, M.I.A., and Soliman, F.A. (1994) Effect of garlic on lead contents in chicken tissues. Dtsch. Tieraeztl. Wochenschr. 101:157-158.
Cha, C.W. (1987) A study on the effect of garlic to the heavy metal poisoning of rats. J. Korean Med. Sci. 2:213-223. Chem. Abst. 109 (1988) 18 322.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Garlic Chemistry Varies: Raw Garlic Cloves Vs. Air-Dried Garlic Granules
Many natural veterinarians choose Bug Off Garlic™ for absolute safety, healthy benefits, and greatest insect repellent properties.
Spot-On Flea & Tick Toxicity:
75,000 Adverse Reactions Reported (Millions Probably Unreported)
National Pet Poison Hotline Report Incidents at 800-858-7378
How to tell if your pet has been poisoned
Symptoms of poisoning by flea/tick treatments may
include salivating, dilated pupils, tremors, vomiting,
hiding, shivering, convulsions, and skin irritation.
What to do if your pet has been poisoned
If you suspect your pet may have suffered negative
health effects as a result of a flea product,
consult with your veterinarian immediately.
Be sure to report all such incidents to the
EPA's National Pesticide Telecommunications Network
"Spot-On" Flea & Tick Products Alleged to Cause Serious Harm to Dogs and Cats
-- Pet Pharmaceutical Industry Under Fire
in Multiple New Jersey Class Action Lawsuits --
NEWARK, N.J., Dec. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — There is a growing sense of moral outrage and alarming statistics from consumers and pet advocates alike after over 75,000 complaints about the products have been reported to the EPA and nothing has been done to change the advertising, marketing or labeling of the products to alert pet owners of the possible serious side-effects. What's chilling is that those numbers only reflect what has been reported, the actual number of incidents may be much, much higher.
$8 Billion Dollar Spot-On Flea Sales
P.T. Barnum says, "Pesticides are good for your pets; beware of natural foods and herbs!"
"There are two kinds of statistics; the kind you look up, and the kind you
Rex Stout (1886-1975)
"There are no facts, only interpretations."
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)
"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."
Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)
quoted by Mark Twain / Samuel L. Clemens (1835-1910)
"Get your facts first, then you can distort them as much as you please."
Mark Twain / Samuel L. Clemens (1835-1910)
Highly Recommended Reading
The Healthy Pet Manual A Guide to the Prevention and Treatment of Cancer by Deborah Straw
In her book, Straw mentions 5 Reasons Why Garlic is Recommended for Dogs:
- Garlic has been given to both humans and animals medicinally for more than 4,000 years.
- A study conducted by the National Cancer Institute found garlic to be an effective inhibitor in the growth of cancer cells.
- Garlic can help rebuild the immune system and is a good remedy for the prevention of fleas.
- Selenium, a component of garlic, acts as an antioxidant and activates enzymes which may protect against cancer.
- Veterinary surgeon Buster Loyd-Jones achieved "spectacular" results by giving garlic to dogs.
For more information or to purchase a copy of the book please visit www.innertraditions.com.
Garlic and Long-Term Health
A survey conducted by the Morris Animal Foundation found that cancer and its prevention are of major concern for pet owners, and for good reason. The survey, conducted in October of 1997, found that:
- cancer is the number one killer of dogs;
- cancer is the leading cause of non-accidental death in dogs;
- and, some 70 types of cancer have been identified in domestic animals.
Garlic Internet Sources
American Family Physician
American Institute for Cancer Research
Colorado State University Cooperative Extension
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute
University of Maryland Medical Center
Information of Interest
"Natural Flea Control"
"Farnum's Bio-Spot® Flea & Tick Almost Killed Our Dog"
"Poisons on Pets – Health Hazards from Flea and Tick Products"
"What You May Not Know About Flea Products"
"Illnesses Associated with Occupational Use of Flea-Control Products – California, Texas, and Washington, 1989-1997"
"Poison in the Grass: The Hazards and Consequences of Lawn Pesticides"
"Your Garage Can Be a Dangerous Place!"
Garlic - Officially Safe
All animal feed products in the United States are regulated by a national organization called the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Inc. (AAFCO). AAFCO, composed of each state's agricultural department officials, is responsible for monitoring safety issues regarding feeds and supplements. AAFCO prohibits substances that may harm and lists approved ingredients with a proven safety history. Such items are called GRAS (generally recognized as safe), and are listed in AAFCO's Official Publication. Garlic is one of the many natural foods and herbs which have earned the GRAS status by having a clean and clear history of use. AAFCO gathers information from many sources (for example, professional toxicologists from all over the United States) and they really know what they are talking about!
So there we have it. Garlic, the world's most popular health tonic, is backed by thousands of years of history and recognized by leading veterinary, regulatory, medical, and scientific organizations.
"...garlic supplements may be able to fight off the ticks and hopefully decrease the risk of Lyme disease.."
Tracey, MS, Elizabeth. "Why the Swedish Army Hopes Garlic and 'Lyme' Don't Mix."
WebMD Medical News Archive. 15 August 2000.
"...our results suggest that garlic may be considered as a tick repellent for individuals and populations at high risk for tick bite, rather than other agents that might have more adverse effects."
Mercola, MD, Joseph. "Garlic Keeps the Ticks Away."
Mercola.com. 27 August 2000.
"...there were...fewer tick bites among those that took garlic..."
Brignall, ND, Matt. "Garlic Repels Ticks."
Better Health News Archive Index. 24 August 2000.
A Natural Mosquito Repellent – Garlic for Mosquito Control Why Does Garlic Repel Mosquitoes?
"It's not clear why garlic should be an effective mosquito repellent. It would seem that the powerful compounds such as allicin which garlic releases are inimical to mosquitoes. They have therefore evolved to avoid garlic. Another possibility is that the strong smell of garlic overwhelms the mosquito's sense of smell and prevents them from finding the prey (us!)...Whatever the mechanism, garlic's ability to repel a variety of pests has been proven scientifically."
Springtime's Bug Off Garlic
is a special grade of garlic that has been low temperature dried (air-dried), and carefully stored and handled to retain the highest level of bug repellent potency. It produces a garlic odor more powerful than any other variety we have found. Parasitic insects have a sense of smell that can be up to 10,000 times more sensitive than a human's. Garlic's unique, pungent odor acts as one of its several defenses against insects and other pests. Yet, the garlic odor itself is mostly noticeable to humans only at feeding time.
In recent years, there have been several crop spray products made from garlic that prove garlic's ability to repel insects. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers these products so safe that a special "fast track" registration is allowed for them because of their low risk status.
Veterinarians versed in natural alternatives use garlic in their private practices throughout the world. While best known for its health protective properties, garlic has been used for centuries as an insect repellent. Springtime's air-dried garlic takes that benefit to a new level and is far safer than many chemical products. You may use this product with total confidence. Year round, long-term use is absolutely safe and highly recommended!
K.C. Sunshine and Susan
"...we've had no tick or flea Problems..."
I just had to let you know that your Bug Off Garlic Granules and Longevity products are totally awesome. I have a 13 year old Golden Retriever. I started her on Longevity about a year ago. I swear, it took two years off of her. Due to financial reasons, I didn't reorder. K.C. went downhill really fast. At Christmas, I bought her more. It only took about three days for her to feel better. Now she is acting like an 11 year old again. My husband has been skeptical about the benefits of Bug Off Garlic Granules and Longevity, but here in northeastern Pennsylvania, we've had no tick or flea problems and K.C. is living a much more comfortable senior life.
Thank you so much,
Susan Nester, Pennsylvania
Eric takes a few members of his family for a stroll.
"...no more fleas to be found anywhere."
Several years ago we had a serious flea problem. We have nine dogs and one cat. Springtime Bug Off Garlic Granules granules for dogs were recommended and we tried it. After using the product for a couple of weeks there were no more fleas to be found anywhere. Even Taz, who has the personality image of Garfield, has benefitted because there are less insects in the yard and no fleas on him. My vet is impressed because without any other flea treatment the kids are clean.
I have also recently noticed that with the latest batch of Bug Off Garlic Granules the kids can hardly wait for their bowls to be put in front of them. Feeding nine at once has become more difficult, but more fun. They all go and lick each other's bowls to make sure there is nothing left behind.
Thank you again,
Eric Engstrom, New Hampshire
Amalia and Maureen making good time.
"...she's even picked up speed on the agility course!"
I've been using the combination of Longevity, Omega 3-6-9, and Bug Off Garlic Granules. My five year old Rottie, Amalia, loves it! She has so much energy; she's even picked up speed on the agility course! So much that I have to keep up with her now…This is a great combination and you've got good products. My holistic vet says you're a very reputable company and a lot of her other clients buy your products.
I'm sold! Thanks for making a healthy product that, together with the raw and holistic food I give Amalia, should help her live a good quality life!
Maureen Keller, Illinois
*Photo courtesy of Kevin Devine Photography
Sandy & Chris with a few of their gorgeous, attentive, bug-free Labradors.
No Problems With "... Fleas, Ticks, or Mosquitoes."
As the breeder of Labrador Retrievers I look for the best in health and nutrition for my dogs. I prefer to raise my Labradors as naturally as possible and avoid topical applications and oral medications for pest control. Bug Off Garlic granules is a wonderful product. Since adding Bug Off Garlic to my Labradors' diet, I do not have problems with fleas, ticks, or mosquitoes. Thank you, Springtime!
Sandy Stokes, West Virginia
Red Barn Ranch and Labradors, LLC.
Breeding & Training
A few of the homeless dogs that Joyce takes care of.
Rescues - "… no ticks and flies were to be found"
I would like you to know that I have been feeding stray dogs since 2006. I became concerned about one of my strays being affected by ticks and flies. I talked to my vet-tech and she told me to check you out. So I started buying Bug Off Garlic granules for dogs. (Everyone in the house knows I'm working with the dog food because you can smell it throughout the house.) Hehehe! I saw the dog a week and a half later, oh my gosh, he looked like he took off his coat and put on another one. His coat was so shiny. What I could see, no ticks and flies were to be found. Thanks to my vet-tech and you! I've been meaning to write you but, sometimes life happens, we all get busy.
I called this dog Purple because he happened to have a purple collar on. I haven't seen him in about two years. Life is hard without a home. I wasn't taking pictures of the dogs at that time but I do of the dogs I feed now.
"Cans for K-9s" (Joyce's Project) has been going on since 2006. We collect and recycle aluminum cans to help feed homeless and abandoned pets, kind of a twofold project. I have a lot of people that give me cans, that truly helps, God bless them.
I can't help but tell others of the benefits of your product. I told my brother-in-law and his wife about the garlic for their horses and livestock. We may have you some more customers. When I go to the adoption shows I hand out samples of your Bug Off Garlic Chewables for dogs with info on how to use it and where they can get it.
Joyce E. Reimler, Oklahoma
Capone is all grown-up, but still bug-free!
"...bug and flea free!"
Hello! I have been a customer for almost three years and continue to be very pleased with the Bug Off Garlic Granules granules. My 100 lb German Shepherd, Capone, will be three on April 29th and continues to be bug and flea free!
When he was about a year old, he appeared in your catalog and website; attached is an updated photo of him. He is enjoying the winter time in Ohio in this picture.
In fact, I just placed another order for the Bug Off Garlic Granules granules. Thank you for supplying a wonderful product that is easy to administer and a great way to prevent bugs! I recommend this product to everyone!
Tami Mazzella, Ohio
Kadan ready and willing for some fun in the snow!
Longevity & Bug Off Garlic - Great Taste!
I received my order yesterday, and when I was opening the box, my Akita, Kadan, was standing there trying to sniff inside. I took out a container each of Longevity and Bug Off Garlic Granules to read the labels, and Kadan would not stop licking the labels. I was amazed because I had been worried that he might not like it. I personally cannot stand the smell of garlic, but the rescue group I work with swears by these two products. Well, I gave him a sprinkle of each in his food as the directions say and he had no problem eating his meals. Amazing!
Rosann surrounded by her bug free kids!
"...bug and flea free..."
I started using Bug Off Garlic granules back in the middle of June. My dogs have been bug and flea free since that time. When I sit outside with my five "kids," I am the one bothered by mosquitoes and other bugs, but not the kids! I haven't even had to put a chemical flea treatment on them – this stuff is great! We haven't had to battle with ticks this summer and I really feel that it is keeping them healthier!
Rosann Belasco, Pennsylvania
Otis and Forrest with no worries about ticks.
"Bug Off Garlic for ticks – works better than spot on"
I ordered Bug Off Garlic Granules for my dogs, Otis and Forrest, for the first time. I have had a terrible tick problem in the past with my dogs even though they received the 1x a month drops on their coat as recommended by my vet. The drops did not seem to offer any repellent properties because I was daily removing multiple ticks from my pets. I have been amazed that your Bug Off Garlic Granules has been the answer. If your product can deter Eastern North Carolina ticks, I believe it can work anywhere. Thanks for a great product.
Nancy Calhoun, North Carolina