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Are you wondering if it’s a good idea to feed your dog some honey?
There are those who say it’s healthy to share, while others warn against giving this sweet gift from nature.
Kudos for checking first! The truth is you do need to be aware that honey can make some dogs very, very sick.
In Moderation, Your Adult Dog Can Have Some Honey!
But there are certain scenarios where this fantastic flower nectar can be harmful.
For example, puppy dogs should not have honey!
While unlikely, it is a possibility that raw honey will contain botulism spores. For this reason, avoid feeding honey to young dogs and those with weakened immune systems.
As they age, dogs are more resistant to this potentially fatal bacterial infection, but you need to be aware of this risk.
Otherwise, honey is a great addition to a diet. Just be sure to limit portions!
Honey Is Good For Dogs (in small amounts)
Moderation is a Must
Honey is obviously preferable to artificial sweeteners, but (quite surprisingly) it doesn’t actually contain essential nutrients.
Think of honey as a nourishing natural sweetener. In fact, premium all-natural dog treats increasingly incorporate honey.
Restrict your dog’s portion size to a single teaspoon.
Here’s what Dr. Seabolt had to say,
The primary concern with feeding dogs honey is that it’s got a lot of sugar in it, so too much can lead to weight gain and even tooth decay. It’s also a bad idea for diabetic dogs because honey can spike their blood sugar. And always avoid giving raw honey to puppies or adult dogs with weakened immune systems.
Honey can cause upset stomach and diarrhea in sensitive dogs, so don’t give them too much. Before feeding your dog honey, make sure to speak with your vet especially if your pet has any medical condition.
So you can feed Fido a bit of honey but go easy! Canine consumption should be limited.
FYI: Raw honey is pure and unaltered. This means it hasn’t been heated, pasteurized or transformed with other ingredients. Be aware that deceptive marketing of honey is widespread.
Precaution for Puppies
Do you have a puppy?
Play it safe. Avoid feeding them any honey.
Just to reiterate, puppies have immature immune systems that can make them susceptible to a deadly infection from botulism spores.
Even though death from infected honey is rare, it’s better to avoid giving honey to young dogs and those with weakened immune systems.
Health Benefits Of Honey For Dogs
Honey for dogs can be beneficial in many different ways! In addition to naturally sweetening things like dog treats, there are some potential medicinal uses of honey for dogs.
May Alleviate Allergies
A spoonful of honey may help with allergies. While this isn’t conclusively proven, real honey always has a bit of pollen. The theory is this could acclimate a dog to pollinated air as well as the environment.
Watch this very informative video.
If this turns out to be true then…
Honey can build up immunity to pollen and airborne allergies. This is an outstanding benefit for dogs!
Improved Digestive Health
Raw honey has thousands of valuable enzymes including Amylase. Plus it has natural antifungal and antiviral properties.
It may work as a sort of pet probiotic. Perhaps your buddy will better digest foods.
For a Cough or Sore Throat
Has your dog been coughing? Try a teaspoon of honey which can coat the throat and soothe soreness.
The antibacterial properties of honey can also help them get over an infection like kennel cough.
An Energy Boost and More
A bit of honey can help when a furry friend seems lazy.
In raw form, the natural sugars tend to provide a boost of energy. So don’t be surprised if your pet pooch perks up. Honey makes more sense for active dogs since they can burn off the carbs.
One more thing…
Honey is a natural antioxidant (much like spinach). It may reduce a dog’s arthritic inflammation.
The Bottom Line
Adult dogs can have honey, but it is strictly off limits to puppies!
When appropriate this nectar aids digestion, reduces allergies and boosts energy.
Just be sure to limit your dog’s servings. After all, honey is high in carbs and (fructose) sugar.
Pure, unheated, unpasteurized, organic and locally-grown is best. And remember to pay attention to the cheapest honey brands…they are often just colored high fructose corn syrup!