Can dogs have honey?
Manuka honey contains exceptionally high levels of antibacterial properties compared to other honeys.
Reduces inflammation associated with joint pain: Honey reduces inflammation and inhibits the inflammatory process. As an anti-inflammatory, it acts on joints, gastrointestinal problems such as colitis and others.
For dogs suffering from arthritis or other chronic pain associated with inflammation, daily administration of honey can reduce, if not eliminate, inflammation. Looking for a safe and natural way to boost your dog’s immune system? Honey could be the answer. Packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, honey helps keep your dog healthy.
To choose honey for its health benefits, it’s best not to go to the grocery store, but to your local farmer’s market. There are three reasons why it’s best to buy locally, in addition to supporting your community:
- Local honey can help dogs with environmental allergies.
- Most local honey is raw, while mass-produced honey has been heat-treated, losing much of its beneficial properties.
Dogs can not only eat honey, but also benefit from it. Unfortunately, as with everything, there are some small risks to be aware of.
Dogs and honey
Dogs can eat honey and many love the treat. However, it is advised to moderate the addition of honey to a dog’s diet, as too much sugar can lead to similar health problems in dogs and humans.
Benefits of feeding honey to dogs.
Giving honey to your dog has many benefits. Honey can help treat various diseases or be given as a supplement to improve your dog’s health.
Antibacterial and antimicrobial properties: According to the NCBI1 (National Center for Biotechnology Information), honey has a wide range of antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Scientists have even found honey to be more effective than some simple antibiotics in some situations.
Honey helps heal wounds because its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it an ideal treatment. In addition, the viscosity of honey creates a physical barrier that protects the wound. And as if that were not enough, honey also promotes the growth of new tissue. When all these benefits are taken into account, it is easy to see why honey is ideal for treating wounds.
Before applying a thin layer of honey to a wound, rinse and clean the wound to remove any residue.
Reduces symptoms associated with environmental allergies: If you use honey for allergies, you should buy local honey. Honey acts as an allergy vaccine by exposing your dog’s body to small amounts of local pollen. Over time, the body becomes accustomed to these allergens, preventing future outbreaks.
Start with a small dose of honey and gradually increase to the full amount of the treatment, depending on your dog’s weight.
Coughing, sneezing and minor upper respiratory problems: honey helps relieve sore throat by coating it, but also because of its anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, dogs suffering from kennel cough or other upper respiratory tract infections benefit greatly from the antibacterial properties of honey.
It is advisable to give a daily dose of honey at the first sign of a mild upper respiratory infection.
Many upper respiratory problems are self-limiting in healthy dogs. Giving your dog honey can speed recovery.
Upset Stomach and Diarrhea: Using honey to soothe an upset stomach works well for both humans and dogs. Honey is also known to help heal ulcers. Due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, honey has been shown to quickly resolve minor gastrointestinal problems.
However, it is important to note that if stomach upset worsens, persists or is severe, your dog should see a veterinarian.
Try offering honey directly with a spoon, rather than with food or a treat.
General Food Supplement: Daily administration of honey can help boost your dog’s immune system. Honey is rich in vitamins such as a variety of B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin K, niacin and riboflavin. Honey is also rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, copper, iron, potassium and zinc. And honey contains polyphenols, a powerful antioxidant that has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.
How much honey should I give my dog?
As with all supplements, the dosage of honey depends on the size of your dog. However, if you are unsure or want to increase your dog’s intake, consult your veterinarian first.
- Large dogs — 1 tablespoon
- Medium dogs — 2 teaspoons
- Small dogs — 1 teaspoon
The above doses are per day. Keep in mind that you will need to increase the total daily dose if you want to use it for allergies.
If your dog doesn’t like the taste, you can sprinkle it on their favorite treat.
Dangers of giving honey to dogs?
There are a few dangers to watch out for when giving honey to your dog. And for some dogs, honey can be more of a threat than a benefit, especially for dogs that suffer from:
- Obesity — The high sugar content does not help your dog lose weight, so the dangers outweigh the benefits.
- Diabetes — Honey is an extremely concentrated sugar that is terrible for diabetic dogs and can even cause seizures.
- Puppies — Puppies under the age of one should avoid eating honey. Puppies’ internal systems are not fully developed, and the bacteria naturally present in honey could pose a significant risk to their gastrointestinal health.
- Bee Allergies — Dogs that are allergic to bee stings should avoid eating honey as they may have an allergic reaction.
- Poor dental health — Sugar affects dogs’ teeth just like ours, which means cavities can be made worse by excessive sugar consumption.
Giving Honey to Dogs
Many dogs love the taste of honey, so it’s easy to offer this sticky treat. It’s easy to incorporate honey into your dog’s diet:
- Homemade frozen treats in the summer are great on hot days; you can add a little BP to make them even tastier.
- As a supplement to food, honey can also help keep a fussy dog interested in his food.
- Spooning — The ideal method for puppies who are not feeling well.
- Spread it on a treat
- Honey can be made into homemade treats.
- Honey ginger cookies are perfect for dogs with sensitive stomachs.
Honey is one of the best natural remedies you can have on hand if your dog has a minor injury, stomach ache or even an upper respiratory infection. And because honey is rich in antioxidants, it helps reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.
As long as your dog doesn’t have any of the aforementioned health problems or is under a year old, honey is a safe, natural and beneficial remedy and supplement for your dog.