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My husky ate garlic and is having a bad reaction, 7 years

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My husky ate garlic and is having a bad reaction
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What size is the Husky? How much of the garlic was eaten?
Customer: 7 years old
JA: When was this? Has the Husky thrown up since then?
Customer: it looks was around 1 cloves in food
JA: And what's the Husky's name and age?
Customer: she hasn’t thrown up she is shaking her head very aggressively as if she’s itching in her nose
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: bailey is her name

Hi there, this is Dr Linda, a UK based vet.

I'm sorry to hear Bailey is unwell.

To confirm, she has eaten one single clove of garlic once today (rather than regularly)?

Customer: replied 5 days ago.
Sorry?

Has Bailey only eaten one clove of garlic?

And today is the first time this has happened?

Customer: replied 5 days ago.
She ingested garlic through foo
Customer: replied 5 days ago.
My food
Customer: replied 5 days ago.
The chicken cooked had about 2 cloves and water so I’m estimating it to be about 1 clove she ingested

And this has not happened before?

Customer: replied 5 days ago.
No it hasnt

Thank you.

I ask because garlic is dangerous when eaten over time.

A one off exposure like this will not cause any harm and she has not eaten enough garlic to cause toxicity.

Assuming she weighs a minimum of 15kg, she would need to have eaten at least 10 cloves of garlic for us to see signs of toxicity.

So there is likely something else going on here.

Was the food rich or spicy?

Customer: replied 5 days ago.
It was quite spicy
Customer: replied 5 days ago.
Ok thanks I’m relieved the garlic was not toxic

Ok, sure. So it is possible it has caused irritation.

How long has she been acting like this?

Is her breathing settled/

Customer: replied 5 days ago.
About an hour or so

Do her ear canals seem red, waxy or smelly?

Is it possible she has sniffed up a grass blade (or similar) while in the garden?

Customer: replied 5 days ago.
She’s been itching them

Her ears?

And do they look different inside?

Customer: replied 5 days ago.
A bit red

Ok, thank you.

So I'd wonder about e.g. an ear infection, skin allergies or foreign body in her nose or ears.

If her breathing is settled and she seems otherwise ok, it should be ok to monitor her for now and have her checked in the morning. She may need e.g. some ear drops.

If very concerned for her or she cannot settle and sleep and seems distressed, you could always have her seen at out of hours.

Customer: replied 5 days ago.
I’m quite worried her temperament seems changed too
Customer: replied 5 days ago.
Can it be the spices in the food has done this? And if so how can she get better pls?

If you feel she is really not right, it's best to have her seen.

Spicy food would usually cause a mild stomach upset (loose poo or mild abdominal cramps). Dogs improve within a day or so and we help by providing bland meals of chicken and rice alongside water.

Customer: replied 5 days ago.
Okay thanks

Not at all.

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