Springtime Bug Off Garlic Chewables for Dogs is a safe, natural, flea and tick deterrent. Liver-flavored Bug Off Garlic Chewable tablets are convenient and easy-to-give dog supplements. Bug Off Garlic Chewables provide a 24-hour shield against fleas, ticks, flies, mosquitoes, and more.
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Veterinarians versed in natural alternatives use garlic in their private practices throughout the world. Although best known for its health protective properties, garlic has been used for centuries as an insect deterrent. Springtime's air-dried garlic takes that benefit to a new level and is far safer than many chemical products. You may use this garlic supplement for dogs with total confidence.
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Directions for Use: Initial Dose: Introduce gradually over the first few days by using a fraction of the Daily Maintenance Dose. Do not be discouraged if your dog does not take to the change immediately. Once the Maintenance Dose is achieved, it might take 2-4 weeks to maximize protection. Daily Maintenance: 1 tablet per 20 lb body weight. (Amount may be safely doubled or tripled as needed.)
|Under 20 lb||¼-1 tablet|
|20 to 40 lb||1-2 tablets|
|40 to 80 lb||2-4 tablets|
|80 to 120 lb||4-6 tablets|
|120+ lb||6+ tablets|
|Recommended: Tablets may be broken into pieces. Best if used year-round. Double or triple doses are recommended for areas of high infestation as is increasing the amount in the spring and fall when insects tend to surge. Variances in color and aroma from batch to batch are normal.|
|Warnings: Not for human consumption. Keep out of the reach of children and animals. In case of accidental overdose, contact a health professional immediately.|
|Active Ingredients per tablet (2.35 g):|
|Garlic (Allium sativum)||1000 mg|
|Active dry yeast||350 mg|
|Inactive ingredients: Desiccated beef liver, dextrose, microcrystalline cellulose, and stearic acid.|
|Cautions: If animal's condition worsens or does not improve, stop product administration and consult your veterinarian. Safe use in pregnant animals or animals intended for breeding has not been proven. Federal law prohibits the off-label use of this product in ruminants. Should not be used in pre-existing anemia or prior to surgery.|
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 give 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.
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*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
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Joy herding the sheep of Hado-Bar Farm.
"Both the dogs and the sheep LOVE their Bug Off Garlic!"
I began giving the Bug Off Garlic products to my dogs (a Border Collie named Joy, an Australian Shepherd named Dixie, and a Whippet named Zoom Zoom) and to my flock of sheep in March of this year (2016). I feed the dogs the Bug Off Garlic Chewables (mixed in their feed each morning) and mix the Bug Off Garlic with the mineral salt ration that the sheep receive two or three times each week. Both the dogs and the sheep LOVE their Bug Off Garlic!
Then, I ran out of the granules about a month ago. I'm a Stockdog (Herding) Trainer and my sheep (73 of them – mostly Barbados Blackbelly hair sheep) are used for training and herding events here at the farm. As a result, the sheep spend a considerable amount of time out of the barn during the "buggiest" time of day. I noticed the sheep were "dancing" and running around with their heads down to avoid pests. They needed their Bug Off Garlic --- AND SOON! My order arrived today (28 June). The sheep practically inhaled their mineral salt "laced" with Bug Off Garlic this afternoon! Hopefully, they'll be "bug-proof" again, soon!
Judith Bigham, Ohio
Fancy and her bottle of Bug Off Garlic.
"…flea and tick free…"
Fancy, our 8 year old Yorkie, suffered from flea bites that left her skin raw and bleeding despite everything we tried. Usual flea control methods such as collars and drops produced problems – and didn't seem to bother the fleas.
Then a year ago, Bug Off Garlic Chewables caught our eye in an advertisement. Skeptical, I said, "Probably bogus. But the price is reasonable; let's try it. Nothing else works."
In the year since, no fleas, no scratching, no raw skin. The only side effect is, Fancy's breath can knock a buzzard off of a brick outhouse for a few minutes after her nightly dose of Bug Off Garlic Chewables. Thank you, Springtime!
Peter, Marilyn and "Fancy" Van Auken, California
"...Wally was completely tick-free..."
I started giving my dog, Wally, Bug Off Garlic Chewables earlier this spring before ticks became an issue. Wally goes everywhere with me. We go on daily trail walks and hikes in areas infested with ticks. I'd previously been using Frontline Plus on him, but it wasn't lasting the 30 days it was supposed to. My vet said in order for it to work well on Wally I'd need to apply a treatment once every two weeks! This simply was not going to work, so I began looking for alternative ways to keep Wally flea and tick free year round. I'm so glad I found Springtime, and since starting Bug Off Garlic Chewables Wally hasn't had any ticks!
As further proof of how well Bug Off Garlic Chewables works, I recently took Wally and my father's two dogs (a Lab and a Yorkie) out for a hike in the woods. Wally gets 6 Bug Off Garlic Chewables a day. The Lab is on Frontline Plus and wears a Scalibor flea & tick collar, and the Yorkie only gets Frontline Plus treatments. Guess which dog had absolutely no ticks when we got home? That's right, Wally was completely tick-free, while both of my dad's dogs had numerous ticks on them. Thanks again for such a great product!
Jessie Green, Maine
No More Harsh Chemical Flea & Tick Treatments!
No More Harsh Chemical Flea & Tick Treatments!
Our family has been using Springtime products for over 20 years, and we keep coming back for more. We swear by the Bug Off Garlic Chewables. They have allowed us to completely move away from harsh chemical flea and tick treatments. We have five dogs in our home, and we haven't had a flea or tick issue. I think my son and I are the only ones who have had a tick on us! Perhaps we should take Bug Off Garlic Chewables, too! We keep trying to get our family and friends to give the pills a try. So many people have been brainwashed into thinking they need to treat their dogs with chemicals to have success, and it's simply not true.
So I am writing to say thanks! Your products have allowed our dogs to live longer, healthier, happier lives and for that we are grateful!
Amber Verbeke, Kansas
Kona got the vet’s “all clear” from bugs.
Kona got the vet's "all clear" from bugs.
I just went to a new holistic vet and got the "all clear" for Kona. No bugs. However, the vet recommended a flea and tick prevention treatment anyway. I reminded them that I use Bug Off Garlic Chewables and asked, "Did you find any fleas or ticks on her?" They said no. So I asked, "The heartworm test was negative, right?" And they said yes. "Well, ok then!"
Bugs, including mosquitoes, stay away from both my dogs, Kona and Callie. And, we go to the local park regularly! I'm overly careful with my girls as I've rescued one in the past who came to me with heartworm and suffered greatly from the kill treatment into her spine. Great company and products!
Kathleen Barry, North Carolina