It’s great to see that you are playing an active role in your dog’s nutrition; however I believe your husband has been misinformed regarding the addition of garlic. Administered correctly it is highly beneficial to your dog’s overall health. I assure you Wag Garlic & Rice is safe to feed; it would be extremely foolish and self-destructive for us to add garlic if it was not beneficial to your pets health. We add less than 0.1% of garlic to our product, that’s like 1/2 of a clove in a 3kg Wag Garlic & Rice roll. We cook around 32,000kg of this particular formula per week, so probably more than 9,000 dogs are eating this daily in New Zealand and have been doing so for more than 40 years without any issues. The garlic odour may vary as it is a natural product.
Here is a portion of an article By Dr. Dave Summers who is a nutritionist that I hope will clarify things for you.
Dr. Dave Summers;
Question: What is the difference between a nutrient, a drug, and a toxin? Answer: Dosage. That is an old saying among nutritionists, and it’s true. To say something is toxic without some reference to the level needed to cause the toxic effect is misleading, especially in the fields of nutrition and health.
Lots of nutrients we, and our pets, consume are potentially toxic. An example is the trace mineral selenium. Selenium is usually added to pet foods at the level of 0.2 ppm (parts per million). Increase that level to 1 ppm you get additional health benefits. Increase it to 10 ppm and the level becomes toxic, possibly even deadly.
Another example of where confusion is caused by talking about toxicity without considering dosage rate is Poinsettias. “Poinsettias are toxic; don’t let your dog near them.” Not true. Chocolate is another example. Chocolate can be deadly to dogs in high dosages, especially highly-potent chocolate such as unsweetened baker’s chocolate or cocoa powder. If your Labrador steals a single milk chocolate off the table, it will likely suffer no ill effects. If your Teacup Poodle eats a whole box of dark chocolate, she should visit the veterinarian immediately.
The list of potentially toxic items could go on and on. I could include nutrients like salt, vitamin D, or Zinc. You name it, and it could be toxic at some level. Garlic is Healthy.
Garlic is added to dog foods because it has many health benefits, even at the very low levels used. Its main benefit is improvement to the health of the digestive tract. The other medicinal properties of garlic include: anti-microbial, antioxidant, antibiotic, fights cancer cells, decreases blood cholesterol, helps to prevent strokes and decreases blood pressure.
In fact, most of the research into the effect of feeding garlic to dogs is done because the researchers want to better understand the benefits of garlic, not the dangers.
Be assured that garlic is safe at the level used in dog foods, and remember that talking about toxicity without putting in some context of a “normal” consumption level is misleading.
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Dogs can satisfy their requirement of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and arachidonic acid (a fatty acid used for formation of cell membranes), from other substitutes those predominantly found in plant tissue. But for the cat, those nutrients have to be found elsewhere. Dogs have the enzymes that convert the ß carotene found in vegetables into Vitamin A, but cats don't have this enzyme, so cats can't utilise the ß carotene in vegetables. Animal tissue is the cats only natural source for Vitamin A. Butch rolls, tubs, and cans are formulated based on fresh animal protein, also for quick energy supply and for some other nutritional improvements we include some sources of carbohydrate.