The following is posted with the kind permission of Sue Martin. Sue is available Fridays at Paws Connect. Please phone to book your appointment.

After growing garlic, I have these to replant, so I can grow more! While us humans love to add garlic to our meals for taste and also for health benefits….did you know that it can also benefit our pets? I regularly have owners concerned about garlic poisoning their pets and for good reason!!!

This is is the perfect case of more is not better. Let me explain.

Here are some benefits to start with - Warms the body and moves energy to the surface increasing circulation and improving the lungs, stomach and large intestine…sounds peace love and mung beans but bear with me - Rich in Vit A, B complex and C. Packed with amino acids, sulphur, zinc, calcium, potassium and phosphorus, magnesium, selenium and more… - Allows for the assimilation of nutrients and has the ability to remove waste from the digestive system without unbalancing gut flora. - Supports the liver - Antibiotic, antifungal and antiparasitic - Lymphatic stimulant - Helps to keep fleas and ticks awayWhen NOT to feed garlic…if your dog or horse has gastric upset.

Garlic (allium sativum) is rich in fructans which can cause digestive upset if your pet is already suffering from inflammation and irritation. The result may be constipation, bloating and gas.Do NOT feed excessive amounts of garlic as this may cause garlic induced hemolytic anaemia, methemoglobinemia and Heinz body anaemia due to damage to red blood cells as a result of the disulphides and thiosulphates found in members of the allium family such as garlic.

Externally garlic is very safe to use to treat numerous skin issues.If in doubt, check in with a pro to ensure your pet reaps the benefits

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