I get hatemail. And for those of you who are coming up short in that department, I’m willing to share. So today, a public expose of my eebil plot to try and kill dogs via a treat recipe page on my website:
Garlic is poisonous to dogs. Please save a pet and remove the garlic recipe’s
On Apr 4, 2012, at 5:25 AM, <email@example.com> wrote:
My dogs have eaten garlic for years. No poisonings yet. But if you feel more comfortable leaving it out, go ahead.
It isn’t just me. Google it for yourself. Liver damage and intestinal bleeding just to name a few problems. Just because your dog shows no signs outwardly, doesn’t mean damage isn’t being done. Onions do irreversible damage too as well as does chocolate.
By the way, I know what I’m talking about, I am a Vet. (DVM) I do this for a living and have to put dogs down years before their time because their owners said that they looked fine.
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On Apr 4, 2012, at 7:06 AM, <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
If you don’t like to feed your dogs garlic, don’t. If it’s your personal mission in life to police the internet for dog treat recipes containing garlic, you can put my website down in your CONQUERED column or whatever makes you feel fulfilled and move along now. You won’t be getting any more e-mails read since they will be going to the SPAM folder.
Subject: Hello . Saw your website
From: “Full Name” <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, April 14, 2012 2:50 pm
Great site. I agree with zero kill at shelters. I lost my lab a few years ago due to red blood cell disease. She was fine one day and was dead in two days. I fed her people food for the longest and when the veteranarean did an internal look he said that i fed her onions and garlic. He said he could tell by the damage. Please fix your recipe with the garlic you small minded fool. Just because you think it’s ok doesn’t make it so. You are an ass and all the people on the blogs are about to write you and about you. Your letter about the garlic was circulated over the net. You think you are smarter than a vet with 30 years experience?
Oh, you are i my spam folder so don’t try threatening us or bullying me because you can’t admit you’re wrong.
1. Fake online persona – ur doing it rong.
2. Hey – you stole my whole spam folder thing.
3. All the best vets are cyberstalkers who misspell their chosen profession.
Seriously dude. I have a page on my website for homemade dog treats which contains several recipes. One of those recipes contains garlic as an ingredient, none contain onions. If someone chooses to make the one recipe containing garlic as an ingredient, and chooses to include that ingredient, and feeds their dog one of these treats per day – or even you know, TWO!! or THREE!!! – no dogs are going to die.
One holistic vet addresses garlic concerns for dogs and cats here and says:
Cats are more susceptible to garlic-induced anemia than are dogs because the cat’s hemoglobin is different than the dogs.
The same vet also indicates the toxic dose of garlic for pets is 1 – 2 cloves per 2.2 pounds body weight. This translates to:
5 – 10 cloves for an 11 pound dog
10 – 20 cloves for a 22 pound dog
15 – 30 cloves for a 33 pound dog
20 – 40 cloves for a 44 pound dog
25 – 50 cloves for a 55 pound dog
35 – 70 cloves for a 66 pound dog
40 – 80 cloves for an 88 pound dog
Dr. Richard Pitcairn is good with garlic for dogs, as is Dr. Michael Fox (although neither of them seem to be up on the correct spelling of “veteranarean”, so obviously take what they say with a grain of
garlic salt). But again, feed what you feel is best for your dog. Omit the garlic if you prefer. I promise you, I don’t care.
I put up that page on my site because I enjoy making biscuits for the dogs and wanted to share a few recipes. The page was intended as one dog owner sharing recipes with other dog owners. It’s not a substitute for veterinary advice and it’s entirely unreasonable to believe that anyone would take it as such. As with many pages on the internet, it’s old. Some of those recipes have weathered well in my kitchen over the years and others have faded. I haven’t made the treat recipe in question for quite a long time – not because I’m afraid for my dogs’ lives but because I have a sensitive sniffer and those treats make the kitchen smell like garlic while baking. I should freshen up the page with some new recipes. Let me consult my Book of Evil to see what I can come up with.
In the meantime, I await with immense anticipation hearing from “all the people on the blogs”. I love those guys.