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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-12-2019, 11:41 AM
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From: https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/nu...gs-eat-garlic/

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How much garlic is toxic to dogs?
Studies have found it takes approximately 15 to 30 grams of garlic per kilograms of body weight to produce harmful changes in a dog’s blood. To put that into perspective, the average clove of supermarket garlic weighs between 3 and 7 grams, so your dog would have to eat a lot to get really sick. However, some dogs are more sensitive to garlic toxicity than others, and consumption of a toxic dose spread out over a few days could also cause problems.
Per the first sentence's estimate:

A 90-pound dog would have to consume 1.35 pounds (204.1 cloves) of garlic in one sitting to be poisoned. This is assuming the lowest amount required for poisoning and the lightest weighing cloves.

Math:

Dog weight: 90lb = 40.82kg
Garlic rate: 15g / 1kg
Grams of garlic for dog weight: 15g * 40.82kg = 612.30g
Grams to ounces: 612.30g = 21.60oz
Ounces to pounds: 21.60oz = 1.35lb
Number of garlic cloves (assuming lightest): 612.30g / 3g = 204.1 cloves

This is why I'm always skeptical of claims that something is poisonous for humans or animals without any "dosages" listed.
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This is why I'm always skeptical of claims that something is poisonous for humans or animals without any "dosages" listed.
For sure. I suppose I should have added caveats to my post.

Anyway, I guess what concerned me was adding garlic powder to a dog's kibble every day starting when they are a puppy. Puppies aren't 90 lbs dogs (yet). You are probably right that in small doses it is fine. I just wouldn't choose to do it thousands of times over the lifetime of a dog.
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For sure. I suppose I should have added caveats to my post.

Anyway, I guess what concerned me was adding garlic powder to a dog's kibble every day starting when they are a puppy. Puppies aren't 90 lbs dogs (yet). You are probably right that in small doses it is fine. I just wouldn't choose to do it thousands of times over the lifetime of a dog.
Yeah, I agree. Puppies also don't get flea and tick medicine until they're 6 months old either, so I'm certain the reasoning is quite similar.

I'm not sure how often garlic powder is needed to establish the natural repellent in the skin. I don't think you'd need it for every single meal, but I don't know. I have to research.

For now, though, I'm more than happy to increase the garlic in my human diet if it means the ticks will leave me alone and stop creeping up my legs.
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Yeah, I agree. Puppies also don't get flea and tick medicine until they're 6 months old either, so I'm certain the reasoning is quite similar.

I'm not sure how often garlic powder is needed to establish the natural repellent in the skin. I don't think you'd need it for every single meal, but I don't know. I have to research.

For now, though, I'm more than happy to increase the garlic in my human diet if it means the ticks will leave me alone and stop creeping up my legs.
I've heard that pickles repel mosquitoes, too. Frankly I love garlic but it hasn't stopped ticks from grabbing hold of my pant legs. I find spraying Sauers's on my pants works so much better. I can"t use avoiding bugs as an excuse for having that extra helping of garlic bread and shrimp scampi.

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When I lived in central Arkansas what I did about ticks was:


keep my lawn mowed (never had ticks at the house)


after a trip to the barn (dogs accompanied me) we picked ticks and dropped them in a vile of rubbing alcohol (because water doesn't kill them rubbing alcohol does) before the dogs loaded up to come home. at home, we searched for more ticks and did the same procedure. No noxious chemical on the dogs, no noxious chemical in the yard. It was time consuming. (I also picked ticks off the horse) Thanks for the memories....
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