Garlic has always been deemed as a miracle herb with powerful antioxidants to destroy bacteria and in the case of our pets, to rid fleas and ticks.
Then all of a sudden, there were sensational articles and discussions relating to onion and garlic and its probable cause of Heinz-body anemia (the thinning of the blood). The credibility of renowned authors and herbologists, like Margaret Roberts, has been challenged.
The confusion about garlic (the miracle herbs), came after the major recall of many of the commercial pet food brands a few years ago when melamine was found in pet foods. After that, many people moved away from commercial processed food and moved towards natural, home-prepared meals. The industry retaliated by printing unfounded information to recover market share, which included claims about the dangers of garlic.
Once we had full confidence in garlic to sort out many ailments and protect our pets from parasites, but now we are not sure which way to turn.
Let us put this subject to rest, once and forever.
The authors of this sensational garlic scare where found wanting in many regards:
1. Like everything in life, “anything in excess is dangerous”. Onion and garlic were tested in a laboratory for their possible dangers. The important finding was that it is dose dependent, “typically involving doses exceeding 0.5% of the subject animal’s body weight”. This means that a 20kg dog would have to consume a minimum of 100gr of onion or garlic (two whole onions or quarter container of garlic) just to start the Heinz-body process. “This grotesque overdose would probably have to be repeated several times on a frequent basis to cause permanent harm”.
2. They also categorically concluded that, “small doses of garlic can be of great benefit to the overall health of your pet “. In other words, the inherent benefits derived from consuming garlic over-rides any of the possible dangers.
3.It was also noted that whilst onions are classified as part of the garlic family, the actual properties of garlic were different and potentially less “dangerous”.
In summary, most reasonable pet owners will include only small and reasonable quantities of garlic in their pets’ meal. The only exceptions are pets that have an existing Heinz-body anemia ailment and for puppies under the age of 6 weeks (They should still be suckling at that age.)
GARLIC – is a miracle herb and has a powerful, natural disinfectant, which helps to destroy harmful bacteria in the animals system and helps detoxify the body. It also tones the lymphatic cells and helps purify the bloodstream and intestines. It prevents viruses from multiplying and creates hostile conditions that repel most parasites and strengthens the immune system.
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