Many pet owners probably aren’t aware of how honey can help dogs with all sorts of issues including allergies, infections, kennel cough, digestion, wounds including burns, hot spots and pressure sores.
Raw honey has been recognized as a remarkable alternative medicine by many cultures for hundreds of years. The use of raw honey for dogs is quickly becoming popular amongst not only the holistic pet care owners but also by the every-day pet owner for its benefits and healing effects.
Considered an excellent source of flavonoids, honey is also believed to contain anti-cancer properties (especially the darker types of honey, such as wildflower and buckwheat blossom). In addition, it contains small amounts of vitamin B6, vitamin B12, folic acid, vitamins C, D and E, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, and manganese! Honey is a good source of antioxidants, and the live enzymes found in honey make it antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic and anti-fungal.
Raw honey contains pollen, and
local raw honey contains pollen from the area.
Dogs suffering from environmental allergies can benefit greatly from eating a small amount of raw honey on a daily basis. It actually helps build the immune system and reduce the symptoms often experienced - i.e. runny eyes, sneezing. The best time to get started is a few weeks before allergy season sets in. Initially, try a small amount to monitor any allergic reaction.
How much honey to give? Begin with a low dose on a daily basis and increase the amount slightly over several days as long as it isn't causing allergy symptoms. For large dogs, try 1 tablespoon of honey per day. Medium-size dogs, 2 teaspoons, and small dogs, 1 teaspoon. You know your pet, so use these measures as a starting point, and adjust based on their response.
For those concerned about the sugar content of honey, know that honey is easily and slowly digested, unlike processed sugar. As a result, raw honey on a daily basis can help increase healthy levels of energy in your dog and can even energize older dogs.
Hopefully now you understand the amazing benefits honey has to offer your dog, and you can bring this information into conversation with your veterinarian if you have questions or concerns about your pet.
NOTE: As always, keep honey away from infants under one year of age. Their immune systems are not fully developed, and their bodies cannot handle the microbes naturally found in honey.