Bug Off Garlic is Safe for Dogs
When looking at pet supplements, responsible pet owners ask a lot of question. One question we often get is this: Is garlic for dogs safe?
Let's take a look.
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.
NOTE: Springtime, Inc. is not affiliated in any way, shape, or form with the researchers or publishers of this study.
Conclusions on Garlic Safety
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. That means Bug Off Garlic is absolutely safe for everyday, year round use.
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. Even a very toxic substance, such as snake venom, has a dose below which there is no detectable toxic effect.
"Toxicity." Wikipedia. 1 December 2009
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