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Newly-adopted 5-year old Toby, terrier cross weighing 6.8Kg

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Newly-adopted 5-year old Toby, terrier cross weighing 6.8Kg has sensitive tummy. I am keen to start him on garlic medication as he has been diagnosed from poo samples with campylobacter. Dog not particularly food-orientated, so he won't wolf down a whole garlic capsule no questions asked. Don't want to spend out on a pot of capsules if emptying them into his meals means he walks away from the food! Would you recommend crushing tablets? Which dose/brand? How frequent? Dog has had three tubes of probiotic/kaolin supplement already - don't want to induce constipation. Massive poo this morning, starting formed, much softer though not liquid halfway through. Any thoughts?
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Hi JaCustomer,

Welcome to Just Answer. My name is Jane. I have been involved professionally with dogs in the healthcare and behavioral fields for over 20 years. I’ve worked as a Vet Assistant and Behaviorist and have extensive experience in dog reproduction, as a breeder, for even longer than that.. Canine behavioral issues and training are also my specialties. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.

I personally am not a big fan of garlic. It can be toxic in higher dosages. I do know that there are medicinal properties as stated in this article here:

You have to weigh whether the potential toxic response is worth the benefits. Read about toxicity here:

In a dog having gastro intestinal issues already, I'd be inclined to skip the garlic. Hopefully you have received antibiotics to help take care of the campylobacter. I'd get that cleared up first and see how he does.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi Jane
Vet warned that erythromycin can have side effects. As a 'gut' enthusiast myself, I am not keen to kill off Toby's good gut bacteria with antibiotics. As a hunter, his little nose is so frequently on the ground or in everyone else's excretions that he would very quickly pick up another infection. I have read the pros and cons of garlic therapy already and would be careful not to overdose.

I really can not do phone calls. While erythromycin can indeed have some side effects, it is effective to treat the infection. Probiotics are readily available to replace the good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract and many clients go ahead and give that along with the antibiotic. You have already started him on probiotic. If he is already forming stools without the antibiotic or the garlic, I'd still tend to hold off on the garlic until you have his stools more formed.

However, I'd try some bland hot dog slivers as treats and then you can start putting the tablets in a slit inside a chunk of hot dogs. They are smelly enough and tasty enough to dogs to induce them to swallow them almost whole. I'd start without the capsule since he may associate the garlic with stomach upset. Get him used to getting the "treat" first and only make it an occasional treat so he becomes eager for it. I wouldn't crush it and put it in the food as you won't know exactly how much he is actually ingesting that way. I do know some owners that have crushed the tablets and mixed with fluid and used a needleless syringe to administer it. It depends on how compliant your little guy is if that would be an option. I would make sure it is a tasty fluid though such as low salt chicken broth.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Prefer not to incur any additional expense at this time. Sorry. No further contact for now.Regards
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