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What is Garlic Poisoning?

Many foods that are safe for us are toxic to dogs, so you have to be careful what you feed them. Garlic, which is one of the Allium family, is poisonous to dogs, especially in powdered form such as in seasonings. Japanese dogs (Akita, Japanese Spitz, Shiba Inu) are more commonly affected by garlic, but the reason is unclear. Some experts believe it is because of a high red blood cell count and low levels of glutathione (tripeptide protein) and potassium, which is hereditary in these breeds. This type of poisoning does major damage to the red blood cells, causes gastrointestinal upset (abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea), and respiratory problems. Although many people think it is safe to give their dog small amounts of garlic for its health benefits, the amount that your dog may safely consume may be much less than other dogs, even if they are the same breed and size. The amount of certain proteins and other elements in your dog’s blood is unique and has a significant impact on the amount of garlic that they can eat. It is best not to give your dog garlic and take your dog to the veterinarian if you think he has eaten any amount of garlic, even if he shows no symptoms.

There are many foods and spices that can be poisonous to dogs. Garlic (Allium) is one that causes poisoning in dogs, even in small amounts, and can cause gastrointestinal upset, anemia, and can even be fatal if not treated right away. The sulphuric compounds in the garlic are absorbed into the gastrointestinal tract and changed into reactive oxidants, which damage your dog’s red blood cells. Some experts claim that garlic can be beneficial to your dog’s health, and can be used for flea and worm control as well as anti-bacterial properties. However, the risk of toxicity is still in question, and safe consumption has not been proven.

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Symptoms of Garlic Poisoning in Dogs

The symptoms depend on the amount of garlic consumed and the size of your dog. Some of the most common symptoms are:

  • Abdominal tenderness and cramping
  • Anemia
  • Anorexia
  • Bad breath
  • Blood in the urine (hematuria)
  • Collapse
  • Dehydration
  • Lack of muscle coordination (ataxia)
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Drooling
  • Elevated heart and respiratory rate
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Generalized weakness
  • Lethargy
  • Liver and spleen inflammation (hepatosplenomegaly)
  • Nausea
  • Pale gums
  • Red or brown urine
  • Seizures
  • Trouble breathing (dyspnea)
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Yellow skin and eyes (jaundice)

Causes of Garlic Poisoning in Dogs

Feeding your dog table scraps that have been seasoned with garlic powder is one of the most common causes of garlic poisoning. It is best not to share your food with your dog. It is also possible that your dog may find and consume garlic growing wild somewhere, and this is the hardest to diagnose because you will not even know that he has eaten anything toxic until symptoms begin. You should keep your dog within view while you are anywhere besides your own yard.

Diagnosis of Garlic Poisoning in Dogs

Diagnosing garlic poisoning can be done with a physical examination, lab tests, and medical history. The physical examination includes your dog’s body temperature, blood pressure, respiration rate, reflexes, height, weight, and abdominal palpation. Your veterinarian will pay close attention to your dog’s breathing, heart rate, and skin tone. You should describe the symptoms you have noticed and how long they have been going on, recent illnesses and injuries, vaccination record, and abnormal behavior.

Several tests will be performed on your dog to confirm garlic toxicosis, such as packed cell volume, complete blood cell count (CBC), hemoglobin concentration, biochemistry analysis, arterial blood gas, blood glucose levels, and urinalysis. Based on what the tests show, the veterinarian may also perform a blood clotting test and liver biopsy to rule out other diseases or conditions. An abdominal radiograph (x-ray), ultrasound, and CT scan may also be used to check your dog’s liver and spleen.

Treatment of Garlic Poisoning in Dogs

The most important treatment your dog will need is to rid the body of the toxin by inducing vomiting and administering activated charcoal. The charcoal will bind to the poison to aid in the removal and detoxification. However, if that is unsuccessful, the veterinarian will probably admit your dog to the hospital and flush the toxins out of your dog’s system with a saline solution lavage. In addition, IV fluids and oxygen therapy will be done. To treat the anemia, the veterinarian will perform a blood transfusion and prescribe iron medication.

Recovery of Garlic Poisoning in Dogs

Even though garlic poisoning is a serious condition, it is rare for a dog in good health to die from this, and almost all dogs recover fully with treatment. Once your veterinarian believes the garlic is out of your dog’s system, you will be able to return home, with instructions on how to care for your dog. You may have to continue to administer iron supplements and antibiotics for one to two weeks, but be sure to follow the veterinarian’s instructions. Iron can also be poisonous to your dog if given the wrong dosage. Be sure to follow up with your veterinarian and return to the clinic for a repeat blood test in about 30 days, or as directed by your veterinarian.

Garlic Poisoning Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Poppy
Paterdale
1 Year
Fair condition
2 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic

After reading garlic would help fight fleas l added some to my dogs food for 3/4 days, about 2 weeks ago. I now know it's poisonous!! She has shown no symptoms so far, but is a little quieter than normal.. Do l need to get her checked?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst garlic is poisonous for dogs and is five times more poisonous than onions, it seems like the garlic hasn’t affected Poppy as symptoms of garlic poisoning would have been evident before now; symptoms normally consist of pale gums, drooling, vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy, abdominal pain and other symptoms. Just keep an eye on her and if you notice anything listed on this page visit your Veterinarian; also there is a lot of misguided information online by self proclaimed ‘experts’, it is always best to verify any information with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Our 7 yr old lab had to be put down last year he wouldn’t eat but didn’t have any other symptoms. The vet said that his liver function tests were off the chart. I carry a lot of guilt because I gave him left over garlic potatoes not realizing that they would hurt him. Don’t give garlic or potatoes to your dog!

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Ginseng
Japanese Chin
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

I have a 25 lb Jap chin dog ate one clove of garlic off the bulb it's been two days and now he's vomiting what should I do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Clinical signs of garlic poisoning can be delayed in onset; if you ever suspect your dog has eaten garlic, onions or any other toxin visit your Veterinarian immediately as the treatment administered in the first few hours gives the most favourable prognosis and allows for a faster recovery. Garlic poisoning affects many organ systems in the body, particularly the circulatory system. Visit your Veterinarian immediately to get emergency treatment as Ginseng may require stabilization and supportive inpatient treatment (intravenous fluids, oxygen therapy etc…). If your Veterinarian is closed, visit your local Emergency Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My 9 pound dog ate maybe 1/4 of a prick chop with garlic a teaspoon of garlic powered spilt between 4 pork chops should I be worried

My 45 lb. blue heeler ate about a tablespoon of garlic rice last night. I didn't realize the rice was prepackaged with garlic added. This morning she threw up for about 30 minutes. Now she is playing, eating, drinking, and alert. Her gums are pink also. Do you think she is fine? I might add she threw up bile which she does every so often. She is a picky eater and doesn't eat much dog food until she gets really hungry. But she threw up a good 8 times in 30 minutes which is concerning.

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Jay
Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
11 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Not Active
Vomiting

My dog ate about 5 tablespoons of roasted red pepper hummus which has garlic in the ingredients .. about an hour later he vomited and ever since has just been laying in one spot not interested in moving

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is good that Jay vomited the hummus after an hour, but I would still be worried about the effects; I checked some recipes to see the quantity of garlic in a batch of the hummus which is low but still concerning. Remember that the effects of garlic poisoning may be delayed and we are unsure about how much was absorbed or not vomited out as well as other ingredients which maybe also toxic to dogs (onions, spices), I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for preventive care: activated charcoal etc… If you are unable to get to your Veterinarian, try to get him to drink as much as possible and check his gums for signs of anaemia. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisy
pit bull terrier
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

My 8 year old 72 lb Pit bull Daisy, was given tomato sauce on her food. The sauce was cooked all day but had about 1/2 to 3/4 of a clove of garlic in it. It had about 90 oz of tomato sauce. She is a little lethargic and not her usual self. She probably ate approx. 4 tablespoons of sauce mixed with her food. This was about 45 minutes ago. I see you can induce vomiting with hydrogen peroxide, but how much do I need to give her? Also, I can go to CVS for the activated charcoal, and I am not sure how to administer that to her either. I appreciate your reply

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst the quantity consumed wasn’t excessive, it would still be best to induce vomiting with 3% hydrogen peroxide; the best way is to use a turkey baster to squirt the hydrogen peroxide to the back of the throat and we generally give one teaspoon (5ml) per 10lbs body weight, check our page below on inducing vomiting. Activated charcoal can be given 0.5-1mg/lb body weight. There are other possible toxic ingredients in tomato sauce which may include onions, seasonings etc… keep a close eye but if in doubt visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/treatment/inducing-vomiting https://wagwalking.com/treatment/activated-charcoal www.cliniciansbrief.com/sites/default/files/attachments/Emesis.pdf

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Hunter
Shih Tzu
10 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

Hi there,

my dog Hunter had some steak that had been marinated in soy sauce and garlic powder. He has had diarrhea for a few days. Yesterday his bowel movement was more solid, but today he has diarrhea again.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. While it is unlikely that Hunter had enough garlic to give him a toxicity from that, it is possible that he has a gastroenteritis from the steak, or his pancreas is inflamed. It would be best to have your veterinarian examine him, as the diarrhea is not improving, and he may need further care. I hope that he is okay.

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Bella
Pitbull mix
5 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

no symptoms

my dog Bella ate a garlic pill that is 300mg. She hadn't had anything to eat when she ate it but I still made her vomit with hydrogen peroxide almost immediately after she ate it ( about 4-5 minutes). I fed her and gave her water and about 10 minutes after that I gave her more hydrogen peroxide. I kept giving it to her until she vomited.(it tools about 20-30 minutes).After that I put 2 activated charcoal pills in about 1 and a half cups of water and she drank that. Will she be ok enough not to visit the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I always recommend visiting a Veterinarian in cases of poisoning. Your quick actions would have saved Bella from illness or death. I don’t have any information about the toxicity of the garlic pill as not all of them are made equally; some are extracts, some are dried garlic etc… As I mentioned, Bella should be OK with your quick actions; especially if you saw the pills intact when she vomited. If in doubt, administer more activated charcoal. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bianca
Maltese
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Stability
Eye Itching
Lack of muscle tone in back legs
Increased Urination
Eye Discharge
Blindness
Mouth Odor
Stiffness
Incontinence
Weight Loss
Thirsty

I added garlic to broiled ground turkey for a dog with allergies thinking it would help her breath, general health. I has been almost 4 weeks and she has lost 4 pounds (something I have been trying to do for years, same amount of food), we noticed she wasn't coordinated, started to lose vision, would fall down, relieving herself in the house. We initially though the she got into snuff/tobacco pack and thought it would leave her system but I realized just today that I had been adding garlic to the meat. Her appetite hasn't changed she just isn't herself. It's Monday she has an appt Wednesday. Can she bounce back?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I cannot guarantee that she can bounce back; four weeks of daily exposure is a long time and she is suffering from severe symptoms. I wouldn’t wait until Wednesday, I would go to an Emergency Clinic immediately as she needs to be placed on fluids and get supportive care; I am surprised that with chronic exposure in a small dog has taken this long to present with symptoms. This is a poisoning event, it cannot wait; especially with the timeframe involved. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Millie
Red heeler
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

I gave my female red heeler a pancake that had a small amount of garlic on top from another food. i didn't realize until after she ate it, then ran out side and started to eat grass, a few minuets after she vomited. Now she is constantly eating grass. what should i do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is good that she vomited soon after eating the pancake which means that she probably got a lot of the pancake out. It is important to induce vomiting with 3% hydrogen peroxide, keep her hydrated and to give activated charcoal if you have some. If you notice any symptoms or are worried you should visit your Veterinarian for decontamination and supportive care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tama
Japanese Spitz
3 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None as of yet

Hi, I think my puppy accidentally ate a bit of garlic (about half of a small clove) since i found a small piece where I found him chewing on something near my bin. I'm worried that he may be affected heavily although there aren't any symptoms yet. (it was mentioned that symptoms may appear after a few days)

Currently he's uninterested in playing and going back to sleep after waking up from his nap (is this a normal puppy thing since he just woke up?). I'm a very new dog owner and we've had him for about 2-3 weeks only.

I've arranged with the kennel people to get him to a vet so he can have his last puppy shot in about a week's time, should i bring him to a vet before that appointment?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the ingestion of garlic was recent, I would recommend inducing vomiting with 3% hydrogen peroxide and afterwards administering activated charcoal as a first aid measure; but garlic is five times more poisonous than onions and I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. As far a puppy sleeping, this may be normal behaviour for a puppy as they sleep more than older dogs but you should have an idea of how much Tama sleeps over the past two to three weeks. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ruger
Labrador Retriever
15 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Bad breath
Lethargic

15wk old Lab puppy ate almost 2 large garlic cloves and half an onion last night. Today, his breath literally fills the room, he's unusually lazy, and his stool is very loose. Is there cause for concern?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Onions and garlic are both poisonous to dogs with garlic being five times more poisonous than onions and one clove of garlic being enough to be lethal in some cases. Both onions and garlic cause damage to the red blood cells in dogs which reduces the oxygen carrying capacity; other symptoms like vomiting, diarrhoea, drooling, increased heart rate, pale gums and weakness are common. Given Ruger’s age and the quantity consumed, I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stella
Siberian Husky
1 Year
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness
Heavy breathing. Pale gums. Weakness.

My one year old Siberian husky has eaten food scraps. They were seasoned with garlic powder. She is not playing like normal and seems tired and is breathing heavily. what do I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Garlic is very toxic to dogs (five times more than onion); if you are seeing these symptoms, it would be best to visit your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian as there is no ‘at home’ care that you can employ after the symptoms have presented. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tank
White Shepherd
7 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

pale gums

My dog tank got ahold of a plate of pizza rolls and ranch I had on the table. The only thing he did was take a small amount of ranch off of my plate and run off. this was about a week ago and he is showing signs of pale gums. Should I take him to the vet? thank you for helping

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. That is a very small amount of garlic to cause a problem with Tank, but if you think his gums look pale, it would be worth a visit to have him assessed and make sure that he is okay.

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Revel
Boerboel
8 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bumps and scabs
Lethargy
bad breath
Gagging
Anemia

Medication Used

Glycoflex

My dog is an 8 month old, 103 lb., in tact male Boerboel. He's been presenting with raised bumps on his skin all over his body, but only on areas with fur (i.e. not on his stomach) for 1 month, 3 weeks duration. They began on his head suddenly, and have spread everywhere throughout this time. At times I thought the appearance of the bumps had diminished slightly, but it's difficult to tell a difference between 500 bumps or 489.

The bumps have never seemed to cause him any discomfort or pain, and also hasn't been scratching at them at all. I originally thought they were hives, but they never seemed fluid filled. They're scabby and small.

They originally presented around the same time as his vaccines so I thought that could be related. I've seen 2 different holistic veterinarians about this issue and still don't know what's going on.

I've been bathing him once every morning with enzymatic shampoo & rinse for 4 days with no change in the bumps.

- CBC at the vet revealed that he is anemic
- I've never been able to pinpoint things that make them better or worse
- He is fed a raw diet of primarily Small Batch beef patties. I saw that garlic is an ingredient in the food , although it's near the end of the list.

I know this is a stretch, but as you know dogs react differently and can be more sensitive to certain things and at low doses exposure to garlic over an extended period of time could make sense?

He's been on this dog food for about 2 1/2 months. I wash his bedding with all natural additive free laundry soap.

I just don't know what to do, and it hurts to see my pup with this constant inflammation of sorts.

Thank you so much for your time and reading through this long winded description. I really appreciate any input you have on the issue!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Luckily these bumps do not seem to be causing Revel any problems (itching, oozing lesions etc…); the cause may be due to inflammatory cells between the layers of the skin, allergies among other causes. As for your question on garlic: garlic causes destruction of red blood cells in the circulatory system and can be deadly when consumed in higher amounts; small amounts (which may be tolerated, are not ideal), garlic like any other ingredient may cause a food allergy or a reaction. You should try to move Revel off patties and on to a complete diet as there may be some nutrition that he is missing out on and some store bought patties may have some additives in them which dogs may be sensitive too; try moving him over to a sensitive diet to see if there is any improvement in these bumps. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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teddy
Mutt
2 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

no symptoms

hi doctor, my friend's dog been eating food scraps including onions and garlic for quite some time now and they didn't know those 2 are poisonous so they just let him eat. however by far he has not shown any symptoms of poisoning so they don't want to take him to the vet. is this normal or will the symptoms develop overtime? please advise thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Teddy has consumed some food containing onions or garlic in the last few hours try to induce vomiting using hydrogen peroxide. If Teddy consumed a small amount it shouldn’t be too bad, especially if he brings it up. Watch out for signs of poisoning like vomiting, diarrhoea, increased heart rate, pale gums, weakness and lethargy; in cases of poisoning it is always best to visit your Veterinarian for activated charcoal and fluid therapy, but if a small amount was consumed overall induction of vomiting may be sufficient. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Koda, Kenai
Border Terrier
7 Months
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

no symptoms

I accidentally fed my 2 dogs a small piece of chicken with garlic seasoning and pepper (I added a little bit and didn't know about the toxic garlic till after I fed them), I was wondering if I should be concerned?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Garlic seasoning can be more concentrated than regular garlic; small quantities may be tolerated by some dogs, but other have a poisoning event. Symptoms to look out for are drooling, vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy, increased heart and respiratory rates, pale gums and collapse; if in doubt you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dan'iel-Angel
Yorkie-poo
2 Years
Serious condition
2 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Appears to be hallucinating
Can't sleep
Jerky movements

Garlic poisoning question:
I have a 4 lb Yorkie-poo and I put garlic on here skin to calm ntrol fleas. She begin jittery type behavior, she won't sleep and she appear intoxicated. I rubbed it in her skin is she poisoned. I washed it out after 2 hrs or so.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Garlic is poisonous to dogs and is five times more poisonous than onions; garlic can also be absorbed by the skin, I remember the experiment in high school where you put a clove of garlic in your sock and within two or three hours your breath can smell like garlic. Supportive care and hydration is important; if you are concerned please visit your Veterinarian for supportive therapy. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisy
Bichon Frise
6 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

No symptoms right now

My mom made pinto beans and usually when she makes them she adds garlic powder. I just noticed their was a trail of pinto bean juice and she licked some of it. I'm not sure how much she licked but I stopped her before she had anymore. Im worried if she'll be okay?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Garlic powder can be quite strong, but if only a small amount of juice has been licked up, I would just keep an eye on her to see if there are any symptoms listed on this page. If you have 3% hydrogen peroxide, you could get her to vomit just to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Harley
Cavapoo
1
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My Cavapoo sneakily licked the left overs of my dinner up 2 nights ago, there were chunks of garlic in it. He's being himself however he was sick yesterday morning. He's not been sick since, should I still take him to the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Garlic poisoning (five times more poisonous than onion) decreases with cooking; severe garlic poisoning leads to anaemia which lowers the body’s ability to carry oxygen around the body, check Harley’s gums to see if they are pale or white, if so you should visit your Veterinarian otherwise keep a close eye on him for the next few days. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
Labrador Retriever
8 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Drinking Water
Vomiting

Our 8 year old black lab has eaten some garlic and green onion pieces that were in a slow cooker for hours, yesterday. There were two cloves, crushed and three green onion stocks in total. I know she didn't get all of it. She weighs 75lbs, she started vomiting last night, and is not interested in food and continues to vomit, but it is cery mucousy. Should we be seeing our vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is good that Luna has vomited, I hope you recognised some of the vomit as being the scraps from the slow cooker; if she brought up what she ate from the slow cooker she may just now have a dodgy tummy. Both garlic and onions can cause damage to red blood cells which reduces the body's ability to carry oxygen around the body; looking for pale gums is important and ensuring that she is hydrated. It would be best to visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side, but at a minimum keep an eye on her and check her gums. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nalah
German Shepherd
2 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none
A little sleepy, but its around her nap time.

My 70 pound German Shepherd ate some leftover spinach and mashed potatos that had cut up garlic in them. She has not shown any symptoms. There was probably about a teaspoon of garlic total, if not a little less. What should I do?
Stephanie

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Garlic poisoning takes time to present, garlic poisoning causes anaemia due to the destruction of red blood cells which reduces the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood. Induction of vomiting is best but is only effective within two hours of ingestion, otherwise keep a close eye on her and give activated charcoal to try and absorb any remaining garlic; if you have any concerns you should visit your Veterinarian. White gums and weakness are usual symptoms of poisoning to look out for among other symptoms listed on this page. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chester
Chichuachua
3 years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My chichuachua ate a clove of cooked garlic on Sunday as it was in a bit of meat he eat he is now vomited about 5 time as this was two days ago, he was sick the first night and then the second night but has been sick 3 times today will he be ok x

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Garlic is around five times more poisonous than onions and whilst cooking may reduce slightly the allium in the garlic it is still poisonous. It is important to look out for signs of anaemia, increased respiratory rate, increased respiratory rate among other symptoms; I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for an examination and a blood test to check red blood cell counts especially if Chester has pale gums. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/garlic/

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Momo
Shiba Inu
1 Year
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Hi there my husband fed our dog two little meatballs that were made with garlic and onions. I noticed our dog panting more often when usually he doesn’t. He is a 23lb shiba inu. Do we need to take him to the vet??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Garlic and onion poisoning affects dogs differently but panting may be due to anaemia, you should check Momo’s gums to check the colour because if they are pale or white it would mean that Momo has haemolytic anaemia and would explain the panting. Also inducing vomiting within two hours of ingestion and give activated charcoal (with or without inducing vomiting) if you have it and have your Veterinarian check Momo over to be safe. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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coco
Labradoodle Miniature
9 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

no symptoms

I fed my labradoodle (20lb) a one time small amount of hummus, maybe 2grams. She has no symptoms at this point. Do you think I should take any steps, or the amount is small enough that I do not need to take precautions??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A small amount of hummus that was consumed shouldn’t cause a big problem, but there may be other ingredients in the hummus (like preservatives) which may be an issue; you should keep an eye on Coco and on the colour of her gums to look for signs of anaemia. You should visit your Veterinarian if you have any concerns. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gordo
Labrador Retriever
1 Year
Fair condition
-1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea, lethargy

I have a Labrador Retriever he is over a year old and he ate some pieces of garlic bread. I was looking at the symptoms and he has diarrhea and weakness but nothing else other than that. What should we do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Garlic is five time more poisonous for dogs than onions. Usually it is best to induce vomiting with 3% hydrogen peroxide within two hours of consumption; otherwise a variety of symptoms may present themselves. Two hours after consumption, the treatment consists of activated charcoal and intravenous fluid therapy; depending on the symptoms and the amount of garlic consumed, you need to visit your Veterinarian as your treatment options at home are limited. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mix, blue heeler and possible Chihuahua
10 Years
Fair condition
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I have a 10 year old dog. I have fed her the same dog food for probably 9 of those years which contains garlic. If she ate a barbecued pork rind which contains garlic and onion spices. (I have read that if an animal has long-term exposure and then has a second exposure it's far worse for them) so my question is, would one pork rind, the size of a quarter, hurt a 22 pound dog that has ate dog food everyday for 9 years which contains tiny amounts of garlic? the dog food is a name brand Purina, nothing I've made

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Dogs and cats cannot digest these garlic as we can. The ingestion of Allium species in dogs and cats can cause a condition called hemolytic anemia, which is characterized by the bursting of red blood cells circulating through your pet’s body. Ingestion can also lead to gastroenteritis, also known as an inflammation of the stomach and intestines, causing stomach pain. If she hasn't shown sensitivity to garlic in the past, she may be okay with the small amount that is in the food, although I can't imagine why they would put that in the food, and the spices on the pork should be a very small amount as well. If she shows signs of vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, difficulty breathing, or inappetance, she should be seen at her veterinarian immediately.

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Kona
Shiba Inu
10 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Potentially gums

Medication Used

Heartguard

My 10 year old male shiba (28lbs and in good health) just got into the trash and ate some of the disposed of fat from a pork roast that was prepared with about 2 tablespoons of garlic powder. It was cooked for over 5 hours in the oven. I am very concerned bc of his breed. It seems Japanese breeds are at a higher risk of having fatal side effects from ingesting garlic, especially in powdered form. I do not have any activated charcoal (seems to be the most recommended remedy) at the house and of course this is happening at 11pm on Christmas Eve, so nothing is open. I do have some hydrogen peroxide, but that's about it. I am extremely worried. Any guidance on what I should do given the limited resources I have avaible to me, would be greatly appreciated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should induce vomiting with the 3% hydrogen peroxide but I would also suggest visiting an all night pharmacy or checking a Walmart near to you which may have activated charcoal; also ensuring hydration is also important. You should check Kona’s gums over the next few days to check for anaemia and visit your Veterinarian when they open for a general examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you for your very prompt response, but I unfortunately did not get this til now (roughly 11 hours after the incident). I assume inducing vomiting would not be beneficial at this point, would it still be a good idea to purchase some activated charcoal and give it to him? Kona seems to be acting normal and drinking water. Checking his gums is difficult, as they are basically all black, but the few patches in his lips that are not black, do seem pale. Would waiting to do bloodwork tomorrow be waiting too long? Obviously, with it being Christmas Day, my normal vet is not open, so I would have to take him to the one emergency vet in my area. Thank you again for your prompt response and advice!

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Suki
Shih Tzu
7 Years
Fair condition
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I have a 10lb shih tzu and she sneaked chicken off a plate that had a garlic Alfredo sauce on it. Her only symptom has been the diarrhea, she has been active mot of the day except for her regular sleep time. She has been drinking water and her gums are not changing color from their usual pink, neither is her tongue. No vomiting either. I didn't notice until several hours after it happened and there aren't any emergency vets open this late at night.

When I checked her stool, it has normal coloring it's just slightly more runny than usual.

Also she has been eating normally and treats as well.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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At this point keep a close eye on Suki and ensure that the gum colour doesn’t change and that she remains hydrated; normally garlic poisoning is met with inducing vomiting, activated charcoal and fluids but it seems that the two hour window has elapsed for that. I would recommend you visiting your Veterinarian once they open for a quick check over since I don’t know how much garlic or any other ingredients which may be dangerous for dogs are in the sauce. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My chihuahua just ate a piece of garlic bread and is now very lethargic and cannot stand she doesn't even want to drink water what do I do

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Cooper
Beagle
2 Years
Fair condition
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none

My 25 pound beagle found a head of garlic (by found I mean got on the table and took it out of a bag) and was trying to chew on it, I got it away from him and don't think he actually ate any of it but did sink his teeth into a clove or two, should I worry? Thank you for your help...

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Cooper didn’t consume any garlic then there is a very small chance of toxicity especially given his size; you should keep an eye on him for changes in activity and check his gums to see if they go pale. Whilst garlic is five times more poisonous than onions, a dog really needs to ingest it for it to have an effect. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I recently adopted a Lab/Pit mix. She is 3 months old and just had surgery to get spayed a few weeks ago. The incision looks great; there are no signs of not healing well. I did, however, google what foods to feed puppies to further prevent incision infections. Garlic (along with honey, etc.) were among the foods recommended. I mixed minced raw garlic in with her raw meat not knowing garlic was poisonous to dogs in general. She has had about half of a head of garlic in the last 3-4 days. She is acting completely normal - playful and energetic with a great appetite. BMs have been fine, nothing outside of normal. She will not get any more garlic now, but so far, she has had no signs of poisoning of any sort.

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Maximus
Shih Tzu
5 Months
Mild condition
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none

My cousin accidentally feed our dog with a food with some garlic on it. (adobo [a filipino dish]), he mixed it with some rice and add some dog food in it. And by 5 minutes after my dog ate all the food that given by my cousin, he vomits it. is it fine? I getting nervous about my dog's health should I take him to the vet? He showing no symptoms

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Garlic toxicity tends to build up over time, but can cause some GI effects, vomiting and diarrhea. If he continues to vomit or have diarrhea, he should be seen by your veterinarian for an examination. I hope that Maximus is okay!

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Coal
Labrador
7 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Non

Have a 7 yr old black lab, 110lbs, not sure but might have water 1 clove of cooked garlic, then was bottled in sauce , showing no symptoms it’s been about an hour??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The most concerning symptom of garlic poisoning can take a few days to present which is anaemia due to damage to red blood cells, you should check Coal’s gums regularly to ensure they remain a healthy colour and if any symptoms from this page or the Pet Poison Helpline page presents you should visit a Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
mini schnauzer
9 Years
Fair condition
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My 20 pound mini schnauzer ate some roasted garlic hummus out of the container.... about two tablesooons.... she seems perfectly fine ave we called the ASPCA hotline and they said watch out for diarrhea and vomiting and signs of anemia.... should I do anything else?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Garlic toxicity tends to build up over time, so one small exposure should not cause bone marrow problems. The hummus may cause GI upset, so you should watch for vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, or inappetance. If she seems fine at this time, you should be fine to monitor her for GI signs, and take her to your veterinarian if any signs occur. I hope that she is okay.

Well she did throw up twice today..... seemed to be some of her dog food. But she's perfectly fine otherwise and has had two perfectly fine bowel movements and her urine is still normal color. She's not lethargic at all and her gums are not pale. She seems to be fine, same energy as normal and not doing anything different. It's been 48 hours since she ate the hummus. Her breath smells fine too.... well normal stinky dog breath....

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Spot
Chihuahua
10 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

No symptoms yet

My chihuahua just ate about a half clove of cooked garlic is he going to be ok? He hasn't shown any symptoms yet but was that enough garlic to hurt him? Is there anything thing I can do to prevent him from getting hurt?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Garlic can be quite toxic, and that is a fairly large amount for a small dog. It would be best if you have him seen at a veterinarian immediately to have them induce vomiting, or provide supportive care in case it has been too long and the garlic has already been absorbed. I hope that he is okay.

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blue
chihuahu
1 Year
Fair condition
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none

My 6 pound chihuahua who is 1 1/2 years old ate a potatoe chip, just 1, but it has garlic powder as one of the ingredients. This was 2 days ago. Should I be worried.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. That small amount of garlic powder should not cause any signs in Blue. If you do notice that he is lethargic, vomiting, or having diarrhea, he should be seen by your veterinarian. I hope that he continues to do well!

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Pal
Bulldog pit bull mix
5 Months
Fair condition
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My dog got in the trash can and ate garlic, chocolate fudge ( around 1tbsp) and soda. She seems lethargic but it could be just tiredness from all the destruction she has done.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm not sure when Pal got into your trash and ate all those things, but it is doubtful that she is tired from the activity. She probably doesn't feel good, as garbage is never good for dogs. It would be best to have her seen as soon as possible by your veterinarian to examine her, check her pancreas if indicated, and make sure that she is okay.

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Luna
Puggle
14 Months
Fair condition
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I was making breakfast and i like to add garlic to my eggs. I chopped up about half a clove and put it in my eggs. A tiny bit of the eggs fell on he floor with a small piece of breakfast sausage. Without thinking, i called my Puggle to eat the scraps. It was a small bit but she’s a small dog. She hasn’t shown any immediate signs but this just happened maybe about an hour ago. Is she going to be ok?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. That small amount of garlic should not be toxic to Luna. You should, however, monitor her for signs of vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy or decreased appetite, and have her seen by your veterinarian if she is displaying any of those signs. I hope that everything goes well for her!

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Copper
Beagle
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Diarrhea
Weakness
Vomiting
Lethargy
Shaking

I have a 9 year old male beagle that is about 25 lbs. He got into a container of chicken noodle soup with mashed potatoes that I had set on the floor briefly when I got home so I could run to the bathroom. It was in a sack and the lid wasn’t on good. He was fine last night but started vomiting this morning and vomited about 10 times today. I gave him some zofran and he stopped vomiting but he is very weak and lethargic. I just got home from work and he has diarrhea now and is super weak and shaking. I am a paramedic and able to give him fluids if I need to. His gums don’t look pale to me I am just really worried about him. Hes only had 2 episodes of diarrhea but He’s never been this weak before. Help!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It would be best to have Copper seen by your veterinarian. With your training in human medicine and triage, you will be perfect to help nurse him back to normal function once he gets back home, but that kind of vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy need veterinary attention. Your veterinarian will be able to examine him, check his pancreas, and recommend any necessary testing or treatments that he may need. I hope that all goes well with him!

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Hazel
Pomeranian
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Throwing up bile and food

Hello, I have a 9 pound pomeranian mutt who ate one entire clove of garlic. It was eaten about 5 days ago and has been throwing up only today. She threw up her food and bile a few times. I did not know garlic was toxic to dogs so I let her eat it when it fell. I have administered activated charcoal today, but she ate the clove 5 days ago. I'm very worried. But she runs/plays and acts the same besides throwing up. Gums are normal and so is her energy level.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. One of the toxic side effects of garlic is anemia, as the red blood cells are destroyed. It can also cause GI upset. If she continues to vomit, or gets diarrhea, or her gums seem pale or her energy level decreases, it would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian as soon as possible for a good examination and possible supportive care. I hope that she is okay.

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Penny
Cavapoo
4 Months
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Napping

My 9 pound Cavapoo grabbed one small piece of freshly minced garlic (just a little smaller than the size of a standard pencil eraser) from the floor and I could not get to her quick enough before she ingested it. What should I do? She is acting normal as of now, but this only happened about an hour ago.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The amount of garlic consumed was very small, however if you have 3% hydrogen peroxide you should give it to induce vomiting to be on the safe side; monitor her for pale gums or shortness of breath. If you have concerns or Penny is showing any other symptoms you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tiko
Mastiff
1 Year
Mild condition
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scratching

My dog ate alot of minced garlic from a jar a couple days ago and hes developed a spot on the side of his head thats really white bleeding in some spots and has yellow stuff all over it . It has a gross odor also . Hes been licking his lips non stop latley and acting very twitchy. Also the spot on his head he wont stop scratching hes a mastiff pitbull mix hes about 110 lb or more

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Garlic is very poisonous to dogs and is around five times more poisonous than onions and may cause damage to red blood cell leading to anaemia, I cannot think of a connection between the garlic and the spots you are describing. You should take Tiko to your Veterinarian for an examination and to ensure that there are no bad effects from the garlic on the blood and to look into these spots. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My little border terrier has just had a small amount of garlic cheese, will she be ok she’s 12yrs of age and drinking water and eating well. It want even a spoon full add say it was that garlic and herb roulla soft cheese ?

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Sawyer
English Bulldog
1 Year
Mild condition
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Vomiting

My 1 year old English Bulldog (50lbs) got in to a bag of garlic heads. I believe he may have eaten 1/2 head. I gave him some 3% hydrogen peroxide to clear his stomach. 10 min later he threw up 3 times but no garlic cloves. Does that mean he didn’t ingest any? Took him on a walk then fed him dinner an hour later. After he just took a nap.

I will be looking for symptoms of the next few days but if he did eat that much should I wait or take him to the ER?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ideally you should take Sawyer to a Veterinarian since garlic is poisonous (around five times more poisonous than onions) and may cause haemolytic anaemia. Even though Sawyer didn’t bring up any garlic doesn’t mean it wasn’t consumed; I would visit a Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sandy
Cockapoo
5 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

none

My 22lb cockapoo, got into the garbage and got out the crust of garlic bread and before I could get it from her she ate it. She ate it about two hours ago right now she seems fine.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Garlic poisoning may cause sudden symptoms of vomiting (which is a good thing) but other symptoms like haemolytic anaemia may take a few days to present; you should keep an eye on Sandy for the next few days ensure she is hydrated and has a good gum colour; if you notice the gums turn pale you should visit your Veterinarian. The amount consumed was low, but you should monitor her closely regardless. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dryfus
Leonberger
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Lethargy
Vomiting

2 days ago my dog ate almost a full bottle of Garlic tablets. Today he is tired, vomiting, won't eat and is panting. I never knew garlic was harmful to dogs. He is 130lb Leonberger. Is there anything I can do now. I have a vet appointment tomorrow morning but should I take him to the ER tonight?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Garlic poisoning causes haemolytic anaemia which would explain the lethargy and the panting, if you haven’t visited a Veterinarian yet you should visit an Emergency Veterinarian for an examination especially if the gums are pale. There is nothing I can recommend to do at home for this unfortunately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nicky
Poodle
1 Year
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

none

My dog, a 1.5 old poodle mix ate a piece of falafel that we purchased at Whole Foods. I don't know if there is any garlic in it, but worried regardless. Do I need to take any steps at this pointe.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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At this point, it is unlikely that that small amount of garlic would cause any signs of toxicity for Nicky. If he starts vomiting, has any diarrhea, seems lethargic or doesn't want to eat, it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian, and they may want to run lab tests to check his blood values. I hope that all goes well for him.

My dog ate a bone earlier this day that had seasoning that had garlic on it, I think she ate some of the skin. She just vomited a few moments ago twice, the food was not fully digested.

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Princess
Mutt
1 Year
Fair condition
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Vomiting
Lethargic

My dog, Princess, got a chicken bone. I had cooked the chicken with a seasoning that had roasted garlic in it. She seemed fine for an hour or two then she started vomiting, she vomited twice and there were chicken pieces and skin visible. On another note, she was also seen knotted with my other dog after she ate the chicken bone, but before she vomited.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Princess may be having complications from the bone, the seasoning, or the skin and fat that she ate. Since she is vomiting, it would be best to have her examined by your veterinarian to make sure that she is okay and give her any supportive care that she may need.

My medium size, 8 year old dog at 1/3 of a Clove of raw garlic? What should I do? He ate it less than an hour ago.

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Boston
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
18 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Upset tummy, soft stool

Hi there, my King Charles ate some sausage that i believe was covered in potato bake which contained garlic. 24hrs later he has a very upset tummy. Could this be from the garlic? Can i do Anything for him at home or anything i need to watch out for? Thanks in advance

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The small amount of garlic that Boston ate is probably not the reason for his upset stomach, but the sausage most likely is. His GI upset may pass and improve, but if he starts vomiting or his soft stool worsens or continues, or if he seems very lethargic or doesn't want to eat, he should be seen by a veterinarian to be examined and given any therapy that he might need to feel better.

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Bowser
Jack Russell Terrier
3 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

none

I was eating a garlic bagel and 2 small pieces fell and he ate them about 30 min ago and he isn't vomiting. Do I need to take him to the vet or give him medication?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Normally in these cases it is best to induce vomiting immediately with 3% hydrogen peroxide. However, two small pieces from a garlic bagel shouldn’t cause much of an issue unless there was garlic butter or something else dangerous on the bagel pieces. You should keep an eye on Bowser for the time being over the next few days but if you have any concerns or see symptoms you should visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kaiser
Doberman Pinscher
7 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

none

Medication Used

Cosequin

My 90lb Doberman ate some noodles, broccoli, and salmon that I had mixed together and ended up dropping it. I did put some garlic powder(about a teaspoon) and small amount of minced garlic in it. He got to it before I could get it off the floor. I’d say he ate about a cup of the meal (maybe a little less). This happened about 20 minutes ago? What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is always best when possible to induce vomiting with 3% hydrogen peroxide and then administer activated charcoal; garlic poisoning may cause haemolytic anaemia so it is important to monitor gum colour to ensure that they don’t turn white. You should visit your Veterinarian or call the Pet Poison Helpline if you have any concerns since I don’t know how many cups worth of food the garlic was mixed in with. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com

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Lacy
American Staffordshire Terrier
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Twitching in her sleep
Heavy Breathing
Lethargic

My dog ate a piece of a garlic knot....it was soaked in garlic and butter...she is now lethargic and she is breathing heavy. She is 7 years old 75 pound American strafrodshire terrier mix

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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That small amount of garlic and butter should not have caused any toxi signs for Lacy, but may have caused some GI upset. If she seems to be lethargic and is uncomfortable, she should probably be seen by a veterinarian to make sure that she is okay and that she doesn't need treatment for her signs.

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Stiles
Yorkie terrie
3 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Normal

My dog is a Yorkie and he weight about 5 pounds, he ate a small slides of pizza with garlic powder that he manage to steal from my plate when I wasn’t around im worried about him could there be any harm should I do something ?

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It is difficult to say since garlic powder is quite concentrated and Stiles is small; I would keep an eye on him for the time being and ensure that he is hydrated. You should be checking the gums to ensure they’re pink and that he is otherwise healthy; if you have any concerns you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My pointer weighs about 4o lbs. he found a 1/5 tub of garlic sauce before I could get it away from him. What should I do🆘

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Baby girl
Pit bull
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting, Diarrhea

Baby girl(pit bull) ate a piece of pizza the night before last and seemed fine but yesterday morning she had eaten another piece of the same pizza(meat lovers with buttery garlic on the crust). Later on in the afternoon she acted like she really had to go potty so I took her out and she immediately started getting sick and while she was in between vomiting she started a normal looking bowl movement but half way through the bm it w went from solid normal looking bm to squirting out.She then got sick one more time and then another really bad runny bm. I then brought her in and babied her and she seemed fine through the night other than a small episode of vomit. Then first thing this morning she woke us up to go potty and had a little accident but I rushed her outside and that's when she just really started having really runny bm's and right when she was finishing up...a little more came out that looked like mucus and a very little amount of blood. Her gums seem normal. I'm giving her plenty of water and I gave her some bread to eat...so far she is laying beside my bed and just resting. I'm really concerned. I don't have the money to take her to see a vet...any home remedies you might be able to suggest? She had an episode sorta like this a couple of months ago but in a couple of days she was back to normal...She had eaten pizza then as well. I didn't know about garlic poisoning until I just read it. Please advise in this situation. And thanking you in advance.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I suspect the pizza is the problem for Baby Girl, more than the small amount of garlic. Dogs don't handle fat the way that people do, and it can do permanent damage to their pancreas. If she continues to have diarrhea, she really should be seen by a veterinarian, and it would be best to not feed her the pizza.

Thank you for the fast response. Since this morning she hasn't had anymore diarrhea episodes. I have taken her out several times today to give her the opportunity to have more bowl movements and all's she did was pee and then lay down in the sun....She is drinking plenty of water and she ate all the bread I put in her bowl. I just put some of her dog food in her bowl and added water to it about two hours ago and she hasn't touched it. I didn't know about the fats being bad for her. If you have anymore advice about the fat in her diet or things I can do for her to help her feel better. Can I give her some pepto to help with her diarrhea? If so, how should I dose it? Again, thank you for all the help!

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Carly and Tootsie
Chihuahua
5 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Slight dehydration

I have two dogs who ate some pieces of a medium pizza, being about 5-7 pieces. One is a chihuahua about 6 pounds (5 years old) and a pitbull-ish mutt puppy about 10 pounds (6 months old) We got home and found them and let them outside because they wanted to go. When we brought them in they both drank a good amount of water and then they went to sleep. I’m worried because my chihuahua is small and the other is still a puppy. Their gums seem normal and since it’s night I can’t tell if they feel weak or just tired because it’s time to go to sleep.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Carly and Tootsie probably did not get enough garlic to cause a problem for them, but they may have some Gi upset, as pizza is definitely not good for dogs, and they don't tolerate the fat very well. If they continue to be lethargic, or they start vomiting or having diarrhea, it would be best to have them seen by your veterinarian.

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Winston
Goldendoodle
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

We just got back from a week vacation 3 days ago where we did a lot of hiking and exercise but my dog was fine up until today. Yesterday he pulled 2 paper plates out of the trash that were coated in pesto sauce. He didnt lick them clean, but I'm guessing licked up some of it. Today he is super tired, not even waking up to greet me at the door. His gum color is good and he is a 65lb golden doodle but I know pesto sauce likely has a high concentration of garlic powder and not enough time has passed for gum color to change. How long should I wait to go to the vet? Could the lethargy just be the trip hitting him 3 days later? Thank yous!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say because Winston is extremely lethargic and is not coming to you when you come home, garlic poisoning wouldn’t cause lethargy this early unless there was a lot of vomiting from the ingestion of the pesto; I would keep an eye on him but if you have doubts it would be best to take him into be on the safe side as he may have consumed other objects from the bin which may be causing an obstruction. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nala
Cockapoo
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Vomiting

Medication Used

dasuquin

After reading the information on this site, I believe our 13 1/2 year old cockapoo ate a small piece of garlic that fell on the floor. It was cooked and had been used in a take out pasta dish. I did not realize that anything fell on the floor until I heard her chew. I opened her mouth to see what was going on but she had already swallowed it. This happened on Monday evening. Everything was normal. She was eating, etc. There has been a change my son's working schedule and she was not happy about it, so on Wednesday, she pooped in the house. She does do some spiteful things so I didn't think much. When my son arrived home later than date, he told me he found 3 more poops. Still thinking she was being spiteful, I didn't think anything of it. The stools were lose but no other symptoms. She would go out frequently, but continued to eat, take Dasuquin, drink water. While continuing to eat, since Wednesday, she was still experiencing lose stool, so yesterday I cooked her some rice and chop meat, which she ate. As of now she has vomited, continues to have diarrhea, drinks water, and her gums are pink. She will play a bit, but given her age, that's all she does, so no lethargy. What should we do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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From your question, I don’t think that the garlic causes any poisoning since the gums are still pink after seven days; however it may have caused some gastrointestinal irritation along with anything else that may have been on the garlic like a sauce or something else. You should keep Nala hydrated for the time being and visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine if there is another cause for the vomiting and diarrhoea which hasn’t been covered. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a 29 pound husky mix that ate the marinade from a chicken dish that contained about 4 gloves of garlic minced. Vomiting started about an hour after she ate it and continued for 2 days. She was lethargic, in pain, and wouldn't move. She also panted like crazy and was breathing rapidly. She continued to vomit the next day and off to the vet we went. They treated her with something to settle her stomach and stop the vomiting, took xrays and did blood work. She is on a pill now for her liver. Garlic is serious poison for a dog. Please be careful.

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Conway
toy poodle
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Hacking
Fast Breathing

We have been giving our 3 y/o 8 lb toy poodle tiny bits of hot dog as treats over the last 6 days. One of the ingredients listed is garlic powder (no onion). I didn’t realize until yesterday that garlic was poisonous to dogs, and I immediately through the rest of the hot dogs out. He had maybe 4 hot dogs in total, cut up into small pieces over almost a week. Last night he appeared to be breathing faster than normal, but it eventually went away and he was not struggling to breath. Also, over the past few days, he has occasionally been “hacking,” but nothing comes up and then he moves on. His energy levels are very normal for him, and we have continued our nightly walks. His gums seem to be perfectly pink, at least in my opinion. He has not been experiencing diarrhea, but his stool has been *slightly* more runny. I’m concerned that the hot dogs have negatively impacted him. I called the ER clinic last night and they told me to monitor him, but believed he was fine. He has a follow-up vet appointment on Monday for a prior ear infection. Should I take him in sooner? Do you think the hot dogs had a high amount of garlic powder and he is experiencing poisoning?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The amount of garlic powder in hot dogs is small and shouldn’t cause much of an issue, however hot dogs are high in nitrates which may be more concerning than the garlic depending on the brand. I would keep an eye on Conway for the weekend and ensure that his gums are pink and healthy, follow up with your Veterinarian on Monday and ensure that Conway is otherwise in good spirits. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tiny
English Mastiff
24 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Swelling

This is nuts. I've never heard of garlic being poisonous to canines. In fact, I recently acquired about $300 in dried garlic chewable pills and powder, marketed explicitly to dog owners. It was a gift from a neighbor who was moving out of state.

I wish I could attach a picture of one of the HUGE bottles. It's made by a company called Springtime, and says "Bug Off Garlic for dogs - with premium air-dried garlic granules". 1000 chewable tablets.

Active ingredients: Garlic 45.3%
Directions: Just toss them into the regular feed ration. Tablets may be broken into pieces for small or sensitive dogs. Please introduce gradually (over 5-10 days). It may take 2-4 weeks to maximize protection. Year-round feeding is recommended.

Each tablet contains 1000mg of garlic, and the recommended dose for 100lb dogs (all three of mine are that large) is 4-6 tablets PER DAY. And it says "Double or triple doses are recommended for areas of high infestation"

While it sucked to have to transcribe the label, I cannot help but wonder how this company hasn't been sued out of existence if garlic is toxic to canines. I have all three dogs two tablets per day for the last month or two (though not consistently). I have not seen any symptoms. Though my mastiff appears to have an injured knee.

After x-ray, the vet said it was likely a partial tear and prescribed NSAIDs. After 5 days I haven't seen much improvement - which is what led me to question any other items I give them - including this garlic. I'll stop giving it to them immediately.

That said, do you think garlic injury can manifest itself in creating joint pain? She's the runt of the litter, and at 2 years old is only 115 lbs - so, small my the breed standards.

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