What Happens If My Dog Eats Garlic?

If your dog eats garlic, they may experience digestive upset. This can include vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. If a large amount of garlic is consumed, it could lead to anemia or Heinz body anemia.

Symptoms of anemia include weakness, lethargy, and exercise intolerance. Heinz body anemia is a type of anemia that results from the destruction of red blood cells. Symptoms include pale gums, increased heart rate, and difficulty breathing.

If you think your dog has eaten garlic, contact your veterinarian immediately..

How Much Garlic is Toxic to a Dog?

There is no definitive answer to how much garlic is toxic to a dog as it depends on the individual dog and its size. However, ingesting even a small amount of garlic can cause Heinz body anemia in dogs which can be fatal. Studies have found it takes approximately 15 to 30 grams of garlic per kilograms of body weight to produce negative changes in a dog’s blood.

Therefore, it is best to err on the side of caution and avoid feeding your dog any garlic at all. If you suspect that your dog has ingested garlic, contact your veterinarian immediately.

What Do I Do If My Dog Eats Garlic?

If your dog eats garlic, the first thing you should do is call your veterinarian. While a tiny amount of garlic is not poisonous to dogs, it can cause an upset stomach and vomiting. Your vet will be able to determine if your dog needs any treatment and will also be able to give you advice on how to prevent this from happening in the future.

Will a Little Bit of Garlic Hurt My Dog?

No, a little bit of garlic will not hurt your dog. However, if your dog ingests a large amount of garlic, it could lead to gastrointestinal irritation and possibly anemia.

How Much Garlic Can Kill a Dog?

How much garlic can kill a dog? It really depends on the size of the dog, and how much they weigh. A large dog could eat a lot more garlic than a small one and not be affected as seriously.

Even still, it’s best to err on the side of caution and not feed your pooch any garlic at all. Just like with people, dogs can have different reactions to garlic. Some might not be bothered by it at all, while others could get very sick. The actual fatal dose of garlic in dog is yet to be established. However, 15 – 30 grams of garlic per kilogram of body weight are enough to cause serious damage to your dog.

How Long After Eating Garlic Will a Dog Get Sick?

The answer depends on the size of your dog and the amount of garlic you give them.

The first thing to consider is that your dog’s body can handle the amount of garlic you feed them, but it can’t process it all at once. That’s because dogs don’t have the enzymes necessary for breaking down allicin, which is what makes up about two thirds of fresh garlic’s active ingredients.

Vomiting and diarrhea may occur within 24 hours, it may take several days to a week after your dog eats garlic for symptoms of anemia to appear.

How To Prevent Your Dog From Eating Garlic?

Garlic is a wonderful spice to add to your dishes, but it can also be very dangerous to your dog.

The problem with garlic is that it’s very toxic to dogs, and they will get sick from even just a small amount of the spice. If you want to keep your dog safe from eating garlic, there are several ways you can do it.

  1. Educate your family about the danger of garlic in dogs. This way everyone knows what can happen if your dog eats it and what to look for when pets eat too much of it.
  2. Store it where your dog can’t reach it. If you keep garlic in the kitchen or other areas where you’re cooking meals regularly, make sure that these areas are out of reach for your dog. This is especially important if you have a puppy who might get into things while exploring their environment (and their food bowl!).
  3. Use a baby-gate to keep your dog out of the kitchen and eating areas when you’re not around so they don’t accidentally eat something they shouldn’t (or get into trouble).
  4. Teach them the ‘’leave it’’ command so that they know what’s good for them and what isn’t safe at all times.

Conclusion

If your dog eats garlic, they may experience digestive upset. This can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and a decreased appetite. If your dog consumes a large amount of garlic, they may also experience anemia.

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Dr Harunur Rashid (Harun) is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine who has five years of experience in large pet animal medicine. He worked as a livestock officer for two years in an NGO, and since then he has been practicing pet animals medicine privately. He holds an MS in Pharmacology from Bangladesh Agricultural University and a DVM from the same institution.