The Power of Garlic and your Dog

Author:Dr Janice Elenbaas

I am passionate about whole foods both for myself and my dogs. One of the great unsung heroes of the canine nutrition world is garlic. Yes that magical little clove that spices up your tomato sauce now brings all of its glorious powers to your dog's meals.Learn why I use it when I cook for both my family and my furry babies. For healthy benefits beyond parallel I only have one thing to say. Ahh Garlic!

For centuries garlic has been used as a blood tonic. There has recently been controversy over feeding dogs garlic.
Too much can cause a disease called hemolytic anemia. Too much, means 50 cloves at one time - that is too much for anyone! Conservative use of one or 2 cloves per 50lb dog a few times a week has so many benefits. Now even the AAFCO (American Association of Feed Control Officials) recognizes garlic as safe. The AAFCO gathers information from professional toxicologists from the entire US and is responsible for monitoring the safety of animal feed products.

Let's look at some of the amazing natural health benefits of garlic. it has pronounced effects on multiple organ systems. For the skin, it makes its way through sweat glands and pores. Garlic is a very effective natural deterrent against fleas, ticks and mosquitos. With them being 10,000 times more sensitive to its smell than humans.
How great is that? No more flea powder just human grade dog food with garlic. For the stomach, garlic triggers gastric juices for better digestion and promotes the growth of friendly bacteria in the digestive tract. It also has the ability to help regulate blood sugar and reduces cholesterol and triglycerides while purifying the liver by helping with detoxification. Garlic also contains the powerful antioxidant, selenium. Selenium activates enzymes, which protect against cancer. Cancer is the leading cause of non-accidental deaths in dogs. The National Cancer Institute has found garlic to be effective in slowing the growth of cancer cells.

In summary, we can see that garlic stimulates immunity. It has antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic and antiviral properties. It also aids in digestion and detoxification.

Whether it is garlic and people or garlic and your dog, the power of nature is seen again in the wonderful effects of garlic. The best way to receive these benefits is through eating a diet rich in whole, natural, unprocessed foods. Dogs, like people, live longer when fed human grade dog foods that contain vitamins, minerals and real ingredients like natural garlic. It is a simple thing to do to add to the health and vitality of your canine family! And it tastes great too!

Dr. Janice Elenbaas

Always remember, Health comes from the inside out!

About the Author: The first woman in Canada certified to perform Chiropractic on animals, DR. JANICE ELENBAAS DC is a long time advocate for "whole foods" for both people and pets. Her passion for dogs is evident in her work as CEO of Lucky Dog Cuisine, a company that makes all natural "human grade" meals for dogs.

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