Two of our most popular varieties of dog treats contain garlic, our Liver Fudge and our Garlic Balls, and there is undeniably a school of thought which states that garlic is poisonous to dogs.
And it is correct, garlic can be poisonous to dogs in very high doses, such as several cloves or bulb ingested together. There is however also, a similarly large amount of information available which claims a range of benefits to dogs from small doses of garlic including reputedly boosting the immune system and being a repellent to fleas. All of our recipes use a very small amount of granulated garlic, for example two grams in a one kilo mixture of our Liver Fudge.
A simple Google search will reveal hundreds of conflicting articles on this topic; we are not trained in veterinary science and if anyone has any doubts whatsoever we would strongly urge them to seek advice from their vet before giving any item containing garlic to their dog. However, what we can tell you is that in our view, the balance of expert opinion is that occasional small doses of garlic are safe and may even be beneficial. Dogs certainly love the smell of garlic and enjoy our treats containing it, our recipes are tried & tested and are our own refinements to popular well-known recipes. We like to think of them as akin to your own version of your Grannies' Yorkshire puddings or Trifle.
We certainly wouldn't want to hide the fact that some of our treats contain garlic and we would encourage all owners to make their own informed choices on the subject. Here are three sites to start your research with:
If you have any questions on the subject, or indeed on our treats, please let us know and we will be happy to answer them to the best of our abilities.
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