You might have wondered whether honey is good for dogs. The answer is yes … with one or two cautions.
Does your dog suffer from seasonal allergies? They may benefit from honey. This is because honey contains trace amounts of flower pollen.
When you feed honey, pollen gets slowly introduced into your dog’s body. This helps them create antibodies. That will help them prevent an autoimmune response to airborne pollen in summer. Local honey would probab;y be best, this is because it contains the local pollen that could affect your dog.
2. Throat Irritation & Coughing
Most of us already know this from our own experience and count on it helping us through flu season, honey really can do wonders for soothing a sore or itchy throat. I like mine in hot water with a slice of lemon.
The same principles go for your dog. If your dog is unfortunate enough to get kennel cough or other breathing irritations, a small amount of honey can be a great way to provide relief.
3. Skin Problems
If your dog has:
- hot spots
- insect bites
- scrapes, scratches or wounds
Topical honey could be a great way to help soothe and heal these common canine ailments. Unpasteurized raw honey has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. Its low moisture content makes it difficult for bacteria to grow, also honey produces low levels of hydrogen peroxide. This strong antiseptic sanitizes without harming the healing tissues.
Honey can also help to reduce pain and inflammation. The enzymes found in the honey have been shown to help stimulate healthy skin growth
4. Managing Weight
Researches have shown that eating honey can slow down hunger response. Honey is a simple sugar, but it breaks down differently than some other sugars. Honey also requires less insulin and is absorbed more slowly into the bloodstream. Meaning it could slow down digestion and the conversion of glucose.
Does your dog put on weight easily? You could try adding a small amount of honey to help them maintain a healthier weight.
Does your dog suffer from digestive issues?
A small amount of honey daily can be an effective way to help them with these stomach upsets.
A Word Of Warning
If your dog is diabetic, be extremely careful with honey. There is research suggesting that honey may have some anti-diabetic effects in diabetes mellitus (type 2 diabetes). However, most dogs get type 1 diabetes. This means their pancreas does not make insulin correctly. If you want to give your diabetic dog honey we strongly recommend asking your vet first.