Can Dogs Eat Garlic?
No, dogs should not eat garlic. Garlic, along with onions and other members of the Allium family (such as shallots and leeks), contains compounds that can be toxic to dogs. These compounds can cause oxidative damage to a dog's red blood cells, leading to a condition called hemolytic anemia.
The symptoms of garlic toxicity in dogs can include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, lethargy, weakness, rapid breathing, and, in severe cases, organ damage or even death. The toxic dose of garlic can vary depending on the size and breed of the dog, but it's generally best to avoid giving garlic to dogs altogether.
If you suspect your dog has ingested garlic or any other potentially toxic substance, it's essential to contact your veterinarian or an emergency animal poison control hotline immediately for guidance. They can provide specific advice based on your dog's size, the amount ingested, and the symptoms displayed.
Always consult with a veterinarian before feeding your dog any new foods. This website is not a definitive guide