The sweet food made from busy bees by using the nectar from flowers is honey. Honey is often collected by beekeepers and later jarred and then purchased by consumers and companies. Collecting honey from bees began at least 10,000 years ago.
Honey served various purposes in many parts of the world like sweetening foods such as biscuits, and other foods. It’s a popular ingredient that gets used a lot. It sweetens hot tea naturally, and it’s even used in cough medicines. But is it appropriate for your dog and in what situations?
Although honey can be great for adults and young children, one should be careful giving honey to infants, puppies, and other baby animals. It may contain some dangerous botulism spores which can affect young dogs who aren’t mature enough to tolerate it.
Can I Give My Dog Honey? Answer: Yes
Giving a dog raw honey can be beneficial health-wise. Careful with providing it to puppies though.
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. Just like most foods, it should be used in moderation since it contains a lot of sugar as well as 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, please be careful about providing them with honey because their immune systems aren’t fully developed. 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 and a little bit of raw honey can also help with canine allergies as well. Raw honey contains traces of pollen which can help acclimate your dog to the pollinated air which tends to alleviate some airborne allergies.
Indeed, raw honey is great for dogs suffering from certain extreme allergies. But if your dog has recurring allergies 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 Digestion Help
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 will help your dog digest food better.
However, if your dog’s digestion is a serious problem, it’s probably 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 dirty, it’s what they do. For days 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 and boosts the energy of the dog.
For an energy booster do not give your dog any energy drinks or sports drinks. There are some things that are not good for a dog that are found in energy drinks and sports drinks like sugars, dyes, and caffeine, which could be dangerous. If your dog is acting unusual and does not seem like their usual self then it may be a good idea to visit the vet. Trying to treat them yourself will only work if the condition isn’t serious. It really depends on how long has your dog been lethargic.
Conclusion on Honey
Adult dogs, but not puppies, can have honey in moderation. It could be healthy especially when it comes to digestion, allergies and for boosting low energy. 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 raw honey. Try to get honey that wasn’t heated, pasteurized or otherwise adulterated because it won’t be nearly as beneficial for your dog.