The Secret Way to Give Your Dog Garlic

by Dr. Deva Khalsa on November 21, 2012

There’s a secret to releasing the healing powers of garlic.  Allicin is the most powerful medicinal compound derived from garlic, providing the most important health benefits.  Garlic does not contain alllicin. Rather, garlic first has to go through a chemical process so the allicin can be released.   When garlic is crushed, an amino acid contained within it reacts with an enzyme, creating allicin.  You must finely chop or crush a garlic clove then wait a few minutes to allow the chemical reaction to occur.  Additionally, allicin is unstable when exposed to air and heat so don’t wait more than 20 minutes before you top your dog’s meal with some healthy raw garlic. I can’t help but think of the old fashioned home made Ceasar salad, where raw garlic is crushed and placed in the mix just before serving.  It’s healthier for me than I previously thought!

While cooking garlic destroys allicin, other components in the cooked or powdered garlic continue to provide some beneficial health effects.  Compounds in garlic act as antioxidants and help flush toxins out.  If you cook meals for your dog, it’s totally safe to add garlic as a flavoring and for improved health. (Unless you add 75 cloves to one meal; forgive my tongue-in-cheek. Seriously, would the average dog even eat that meal?)

Additionally, garlic has been fed to dogs in orfer to help prevent flea infestation.  There are many products on the market containing garlic for this very purpose.  Both powdered and raw garlic are effective although raw garlic has significantly more health benefits.  When using garlic as a flea preventive it’s important to use a castile soap or detergent free shampoo.  Dogs don’t sweat as humans do and the garlic ‘aroma’ comes out in the oil on their coat.  It takes several weeks for the garlic compounds to build up in the oil and a detergent shampoo removes the oil and you’re back to square one again.

A host of studies provide evidence that the allicin in garlic works to inhibit cancer formation.  With cancer being the number on cause of death in dogs in the United States, let’s all get going with garlic!   Buy a garlic press or simply chop some garlic very finely and let it sit for about 15 minutes.  You can then mix it in with a tablespoon of cooked, cooled chopped beef or chicken and place it on top of your dog’s meal.  Voila- a meal fit for a King – or a dog!

 

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