Busy bees make sweet honey by using the nectar from flowers. For thousands of years, it’s served various culinary purposes all over the world. No doubt that honey is a popular ingredient that gets used a lot but what about for dogs?
Although honey can be great for adults and young children, one should be careful about giving honey to infants, puppies and other baby animals. We’ll cover that aspect as well as many others here.
Most importantly, you should know that honey may contain some dangerous botulism spores which can affect young dogs who aren’t mature enough to tolerate it. So while you can provide honey to your dog on occasion, you must understand all the risks.
Can I Give My Dog Honey? Answer: Yes
Giving a dog a small amount of raw honey may possibly benefit health but you should be careful about providing it to puppies.
Raw honey is pure and unaltered honey that hasn’t been heated, pasteurized, or adulterated with any other ingredients. Honey can be used as a natural sweetener for homemade dog treats or as a natural remedy which we’ll discuss later.
Moderation is Key
Just like most foods, honey should be used in moderation since it contains a lot of sugar as well as high calories. If your dog has too much it could cause an upset stomach or diarrhea. In any case, processed honey isn’t really healthy so it’s best avoided.
If you have a puppy, be very careful about providing them with any amount of honey because their immune systems aren’t fully developed. Again, they may not agree with the botulism spores potentially found in honey.
Honey for K9 Allergies
You may have heard that a spoonful of honey can help with allergies. It’s true! A little bit of raw honey can alleviate canine allergies as well. This is because raw honey contains traces of pollen which can help acclimate your dog to the pollinated air. So, in theory, honey tends to reduce the potency of some airborne allergies which also applies to Fido.
Indeed, raw honey can be great for dogs suffering from certain allergies. But if your dog has recurring allergy problems and nothing seems to help, including honey, talk to your vet about other solutions such as Apoquel. It’s important to understand that not all types of allergy problems can be treated with the use of honey.
For Digestive Health
Everyone needs help with digestion issues every once in a while. What better way to do it then with natural raw honey instead of medications that could be dangerous for your dog’s health. Raw honey contains enzymes that may help your dog digest food better. This natural alternative certainly seems like a much better idea when compared to the dozens of potentially harmful over-the-counter products found at your local supermarket or pharmacy.
However, if your dog’s digestion is a serious and ongoing problem, it’s best to consult with a vet instead of attempting to treat them yourself.
Natural Energy Booster
Naturally, dogs love to be outdoors to play and get down and dirty. It’s what they do. So when your dog seems lazy and inactive, a little bit of honey can help. Raw honey has natural sugars that are easily broken down by the body, when used in moderation, and it also can boost your dog’s energy.
Natural honey would certainly be better than providing your dog with any type of energy drink or sports drink. These types of energy boosters contain many undesirable ingredients such as sugars, dyes and caffeine.
Conclusion on Honey
Adult dogs, but not puppies, can have honey in moderation. It could be healthy for them especially when it comes to digestion, allergies and for boosting low energy levels. The easiest way to provide it to a dog is by mixing a tablespoon of it in their water, or by purchasing a dog food containing some raw honey. But try to get your hands on honey that wasn’t heated, pasteurized or otherwise adulterated because those altered kinds won’t be nearly as beneficial for your dog.