Health Benefits of Garlic for Dogs

by Dr. Deva Khalsa on November 16, 2012

Garlic is truly a natural home remedy for dogs and it works effectively to keep your best friends healthy.

Of all of garlic’s reputed benefits, perhaps the best well known is its use as a natural antibioitic with reports going back through history.   In fact, Pasteur noted garlic’s antibacterial activity in 1958.  Modern researchers have compared the effectiveness of garlic with that of antibiotics and have found that garlic has a broad-spectrum anti-bacterial effect. Additionally, bacteria don’t seem to build up a resisitance to garlic as they do to many modern antibiotics.  While I would not use garlic as a substitute for veterinary care and the correct choice of antibiotics it’s antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial effects can contribute to the healing process.  Garlic increases general immune activity along with the activity of Killer Cells (cells that seek out and kill invading bacteria and cancer cells).   Uncooked garlic helps to lower blood triglycerides and choleterol making it useful for certain breeds (Schnauzers and Beagles) that are predisposed to this problem.

 

 

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