After a careful study on suggestions about food on the web, we have decided on the following changes in Toffee's diet :
1. Addition of 1/4 tbsp. of Tumeric in his food. Prepare the food and add Tumeric and mix it up.
2. Addition of edible natural Coconut Oil in his food preparation. I don't want to use Virbac's Epi-Otic as a permanent remedy. I noticed a lot of brown/chocolaty colored dirt in Toffee's ears and wanted to remove any infection if it was there.
We have been using 2 small cloves of organic garlic in his diet, once a day.
At the petstore, I noticed a lot of products for keeping the coat nice & shining. I was wondering if there is any natural ingredient I could use. Can the coconut oil be massaged over his coat in small quantities ? Will it do any good ?
Why is Garlic Toxic to Pets?
Garlic is classified as a species of the Allium family. Other species in the Allium family include onions, shallots, leeks, chives and rakkyo (otherwise known as the Chinese onion).
Unfortunately, dogs and cats cannot digest these particular plants as we can. The ingestion of Allium species in dogs and cats causes a condition called hemolytic anemia, which is characterized by the bursting of red blood cells circulating through your pet’s body.
Ingestion can also lead to gastroenteritis, also known as an inflammation of the stomach and intestines, causing stomach pain.
How Much Garlic is Toxic to Pets?
“In general, garlic can be more concentrated than an onion,” says Dr. Justine Lee, a board-certified veterinary specialist in both emergency critical care and toxicology and the CEO and founder of VetGirl. “It’s actually considered to be about 5X as potent as an onion.”
Consider the rule of thumb when it comes to onion toxicity: Consumption of as little as 5 g/kg of onions in cats or 15 to 30 g/kg in dogs has resulted in clinically important hematologic changes. According to scientific studies, onion toxicosis is consistently noted in animals that ingest more than 0.5% of their body weight in onions at one time.*
Since garlic is significantly more concentrated than an onion, an even smaller ingested amount will likely lead to toxicosis—as little as one clove of garlic can lead to toxicity in dogs and cats.
Please note that a pet’s weight, type of breed (Japanese dog breeds in particular including Shiba inus and Akitas) and prior health history can vary the toxicity level of ingested garlic. If you suspect your dog or cat has ingested garlic, you should contact your veterinarian immediately.
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Organic Apple Cider vinegar or White Vinegar mixed with water for ear cleaning, althrough ACV is more highly recommended.
The Presumed safe intake (PSI) and historical safe intake (HSI) in milligrams per kilogram of body weight (mg/kg BW) of Garlic is 1.8 & 0.45 respectively. (http://dels.nas.edu/resources/static...ents_final.pdf)
Garlic: Friend Or Foe? | Dogs Naturally Magazine
Page 112 of NASC Ingredient Risk Report (https://books.google.co.in/books?id=...%20dogs&f=true)
I am not sure whether Apple Cider Vinegar is available in our local store. Tumeric is very good as an anti-bacterial & anti-fungal both for dogs and even humans. And it has a soothing property.
Read this :
Turmeric For Dogs - Dogs Naturally Magazine
Reasons why you should give your dog turmeric â€¹ Healthy Dog Club
Turmeric for Pets | The SkeptVet
Turmeric is also a potent anti inflammatory and great for people/dogs that can't tolerate drugs. My Snifter is on it ever since he started showing sporadic signs of arthritic pain and he has been leaping about like a gazelle ever since
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