A dog with a wary expression looking at garlic bread, showing they are harmful to dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Garlic Bread?

No, dogs should not eat garlic bread. Garlic is harmful to dogs and can cause serious health issues. The bread itself might not be toxic, but the garlic used in it closely belongs to the allium family, which is dangerous for dogs.

A photo of Stefan Stumpfl, the co-author of this article.

By Stefan Stumpfl, in collaboration with Dr. Ali Raza.

Updated on Jun 17, 2024

Did You Know?

Garlic, even in small amounts, can cause serious health problems for dogs including damage to red blood cells.

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Why is Garlic Bread Bad for Dogs?

Garlic contains thiosulfate, which can damage a dog's red blood cells, leading to a condition called hemolytic anemia. Even a small amount of garlic can cause gastrointestinal upset, including nausea, drooling, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. In severe cases, it can lead to liver damage or even death.

How Much Garlic Bread Can Dogs Eat?

Ideally, dogs should not consume any garlic bread at all. However, if your dog accidentally consumes a small piece, it might be less harmful depending on their size and the garlic concentration. Always observe for symptoms and seek veterinary advice if in doubt.

Common Misconceptions

A common misconception is that small amounts of garlic bread are safe for dogs. While some believe that garlic can repel fleas and ticks, the risk of toxicity far outweighs the potential benefits. It's always best to steer clear of giving your dog garlic in any form.

Similar Harmful Products

Garlic bread isn't the only concern. Several other foods and products with garlic or related ingredients are equally harmful:

  • Onion Rings: Share the same toxic thiosulfate component.
  • Garlic Powder: Found in various seasonings and snacks.
  • Chives and Leeks: Also part of the allium family and dangerous for dogs.

What to Do If Your Dog Eats Garlic Bread?

If your dog eats garlic bread, monitor them for any signs of illness like vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, or lethargy. Contact your vet immediately for advice. Do not induce vomiting without veterinary guidance as it might cause further complications.

Long-term consequences of consuming garlic can be quite severe. Hemolytic anemia can require extensive treatment involving blood tests, medication, and potentially expensive hospitalization. Having pet insurance can significantly reduce the financial burden that comes with such unexpected veterinary care.

What are Healthy Alternatives?

Instead of giving garlic bread, consider these healthier and safer treat options for your dog:

  • Carrot Sticks: Crunchy and great for dental health.
  • Apple Slices: A delicious and vitamin-packed snack, but make sure to remove seeds.
  • Cucumber Slices: Hydrating and low in calories.


In summary, garlic bread is a definite no-go for your canine companion. Garlic can cause serious and potentially life-threatening health issues. It's essential to keep such foods out of their reach and consult with your vet for any dietary concerns or if you suspect your dog has ingested something harmful. Always seek out safe, dog-friendly alternatives to treat your furry friend.