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Is Garlic Bad For Your Pet?

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
2 months ago

When cooking and eating, many pet owners tend to share a few bites here and there with their begging pets. However, garlic is a commonly found ingredient in many popular dishes. If garlic was used in the dish should pet parents be sharing their food with their furry friends? So is it safe for your pet to eat garlic?  If consumed, what should you do?

Here at PetFirst, we know accidents and illnesses happen to all pets. PetFirst is here for every canine and cat. From a small cold to big health problems alike. Pet insurance can help cover unexpected vet visits.

Is Garlic Toxic for Dogs?

Yes, garlic is a common pet poison found in the home and can be toxic for dogs. A toxic dose of garlic can cause damage in a dog’s red blood cells and can potentially lead to anemia. Garlic can be a more potent toxin for some dog breeds compared to others. In particular, Japanese breeds such as Akita or Shiba Inu may be more susceptible to garlic poisoning.

Can Cats Have Garlic?

Just like dogs, cats should not eat garlic. Like certain dog breeds, garlic can be especially toxic to cats as well. 

How to Prevent Your Pets from Eating Garlic

You should always be sure to monitor what your pet is eating. If you share your food with your pet regularly, make absolutely certain you know exactly what ingredients are in it. Otherwise, just stick to foods made specifically for cats and dogs. If you have guests over, be sure to inform them that they are not to share their food scraps with your pets. 

In addition, make sure to keep potentially dangerous food items out of reach, either on a counter where the pet knows not to go, in the refrigerator, or in a pantry or cabinet that is kept shut.

Cats tend to get into areas that are small and high up, like a countertop. If you have a pet cat be sure to use caution even when placing things on shelves and farther back onto tables. Most cats can jump and squeeze into the smallest of areas.

Symptoms of Garlic Poisoning in Your Pet

If you’re concerned that your pet may have eaten a toxic dose of garlic, then you should watch for the following symptoms in your pet:

  • Drooling
  • Nausea
  • Irritated mouth and/or gums
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Loss of appetite

It is important to know your pet’s daily behaviors. Knowing how your pet acts and behaves on a daily basis will help you better catch symptoms and signs of illness or poisoning quickly. If you notice any of the above symptoms in your pet, be sure to contact your vet immediately. Catching an illness or poisoning early is the best way to make sure your pet gets the immediate care they need.

What Should You Do If Your Pet Eats Garlic?

Small amounts of garlic may not be too bad if only consumed once. However, if your pet eats a lot of garlic, has been consuming small amounts for some time now, or starts to show symptoms of garlic poisoning, you should get them to the vet ASAP.

Pet insurance can cover emergency visits like these, helping you to feel at ease with your pet’s health.

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