Garlic has a long history of use dating back to Egypt in 3200 BC. Its technically an onion which we know to be toxic to dogs but garlic is a mild onion with lower amounts of n-propyl disulphide, the ingredient that causes damage to red blood cells.

The beneficial properties of garlic as an antioxidant, immune booster, and its antimicrobial properties functioning as a natural antibiotic are believed to be the same for dogs as for humans with the additional benefit of garlic making the dog less attractive to fleas.

Its important to use fresh garlic as the ingredient allicin, converted from alliin when garlic is chopped, is unstable and loses effectiveness with cooking and extended exposure to the atmosphere. The other ingredient in garlic is ajeone.

The general consensus, with regard to how much to feed, seems to be 1/2 to 1 small clove per 20lbs per day. I generally give Eti 1/3 of a small clove 2 or 3 times a week.

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