Can Dogs Eat Garlic?

Without garlic, the world would be a darker place. Garlic takes an ordinary dish above and beyond. Garlic is life, for humans at least. Unfortunately, your furry friend cannot partake, as garlic is toxic to dogs.

Is garlic safe for dogs?

No, garlic is not safe for dogs. Garlic is toxic and should not be given to your dog under any circumstance. Like onions, garlic is a member of the allium family. These foods contain a compound known as thiosulfate, which is fine for humans to eat but toxic to dogs. Cooking the garlic might reduce the thiosulfates, but it does make the garlic safe for dogs.

What should I do if my dog has ingested garlic?

Symptoms of garlic toxicity include vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite. Your dog may become dehydrated. Heavy ingestion of thiosulfates may cause anemia, which causes lethargy, jaundice, and dark urine. If your dog is displaying these symptoms, you should seek out your veterinarian or nearest animal hospital immediately to prevent any further damage.

The good news is that it takes a lot of garlic to make your dog sick. To cause toxicosis, a dog would need to eat up to 15 to 30 grams of garlic per kilogram of body weight. Since a close of garlic is only a few grams, your dog would have to eat many, many cloves to become sick. But this does not mean you should take chances. Some dogs are more sensitive to thiosulfates than others. If your dog ingests any amount of garlic, it’s best to contact your vet or animal poison control just to be safe.

Tyler Kupcho
Author: Tyler Kupcho

Animal lover, proud husky parent. Writing Intern at

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