PRLog - May 28, 2014 - BLUFFTON, S.C. -- Providing our canines with a healthy diet and acknowledging what is in their food is key for an overall better life. Pet parents must go beyond the processed commercial dog foods, which often contain harmful and unhealthy ingredients. Diet plays an important role in determining health and life expectancy for dogs. Feeding Fido human foods such as certain fruits and vegetable can be extremely beneficial. Most pet parents are unaware of the advantages of feeding garlic to dogs. Although there are many misconceptions about this topic, Lucky Dog Cuisine Inc. shares important information regarding the health benefits of garlic for our four-legged friends.
Dog and garlic
Garlic has been used for thousands of years for its antibacterial, antifungal and digestive aid. According to Dr. Deva Khalsa, noted holistic veterinarian and author of “The Natural Dog,” garlic helps boost the immune system as well as helps fight bacterial, viral and fungal infections. It is used as a detoxifying agent and aids in liver function. There are studies that show that it helps in the fight against cancer.
Due to the fact it is a member of the onion family, garlic has a bad reputation for being toxic to dogs. This however, is not necessarily true. Huge amounts of garlic would need to be ingested before there is any damage to the red blood cells (Heinz body anemia). For instance, a 75lb dog would need to eat 5 full heads of garlic or 75 cloves in each meal before there would be a health risk. Too much of anything can create toxicity.
Lucky Dog Cuisine has been feeding garlic to their dogs for over 50 years. Uncooked garlic mixed in with meals has been shown to decrease blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels. In addition to this, there are several compounds in garlic that can also enhance liver function.
Feeding canines fresh garlic as part of their diet will stimulate the body’s production of killer T cells that fight internal and external infections. This includes infections of the mouth, throat, respiratory tract, stomach, or intestines. Moderate garlic consumption for even a healthy dog can boost their immunity and prevent cancer.
Lucky Dog Cuisine believes it is a great palatant too. Garlic adds great flavor to their food. Because of this, it helps fussy eaters and dogs undergoing chemotherapy with decreased appetites. Another advantage of garlic is that it's a natural, non-toxic and safe flea control option. There are several anecdotal reports on the effectiveness of garlic as a tick/flea repellent. In addition to these health benefits, The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) included garlic on their ‘Generally Recommended as Safe’ (GRAS) list.
Dr. Janice Elenbaas is the owner, president, and chef for Lucky Dog Cuisine. She spent 20 years as a Doctor of Chiropractic, including 15 years adjusting animals and four years of nutrition training. Dr. Janice feels that as a pet owner, it’s important to not be a victim of “Marketing over Mother Nature.”
Lucky Dog Cuisine offers top quality “human grade” ingredients, humanely raised, hormone free, grass fed beef, real cheese and yogurt for calcium, pureed GMO-free vegetables, and filtered water. Each meal at Lucky Dog Cuisine is cooked fresh in small batches and then frozen, with NO preservatives. Learn more at http://www.luckydogcuisine.com/
“There’s a lot of controversy surrounding dogs and garlic, however studies have found the real benefits of this food,” expresses Dr. Janice Elenbaas, “Here at Lucky Dog, we believe a variety of whole foods makes sense for optimum health and vitality!”
About Lucky Dog Cuisine: Lucky Dog Cuisine is real food for dogs. We take the mystery out of feeding your best friend. There are no ingredients in our food that you cannot pronounce or have to look up in a chemistry text. No fancy degree is needed to read our labels. We use real food and nothing else. Our food for dogs is so good that you could eat it too. We feel that if you cannot pronounce something, you probably should not be eating it. All of our meals are made in real kitchens, not processing plants. We actually use pots and pans and bowls just like you do to cook your own dinner. Our bowls are just a lot bigger. Learn more at http://www.luckydogcuisine.com/