Honey is sweet, however it additionally carries herbal sugars which can be stated to offer some of healing blessings for people. It occasionally also makes its way into our pets’ jaws. But does honey offer any health benefits for dogs and is it safe to give it to them?
Is Honey Safe for Dogs?
In moderation, dogs are okay to consume honey. Natural sugars and trace levels of vitamins and minerals are present. In many meals and beverages, it also serves as a sweetener.
But there is a cost associated with that sweetness. If owners give their dogs an excessive amount of honey, don’t give them enough exercise, and don’t give them a balanced diet, the high sugar content of honey may cause obesity in dogs. If you do offer your dog honey, it could be a good idea to brush their teeth as sugars can also contribute to dental decay.
Since raw honey may contain botulism spores, it shouldn’t be given to puppies or dogs with weakened immune systems. Dogs who are overweight or diabetic shouldn’t consume honey.
Are There Benefits to Feeding Dogs Honey?
Honey is said to offer antibacterial and antifungal qualities, reduce inflammation, ease stomach ulcers and sore throats, and treat allergies in both humans and canines. There haven’t been many definite scientific investigations to support these assertions, though. Many of these claims are based on personal accounts.
The ability of honey to treat seasonal allergies is among the most frequently claimed claims about it. Though the scientific data is scant, there is some cause for hope that raw honey, if your dog is allergic to one of the pollens in the honey and not another environmental allergen, can help lessen allergic reactions to flower pollen. Even while it is not guaranteed or even likely to help with allergies, giving your dog a small bit of honey probably won’t hurt them despite the lack of clear studies.
Honey is also used by people to ease sore throats and upset stomachs. A little honey may help reduce any leftover irritation if your dog has a sore throat and you have already seen your vet to discover the cause and received the recommended medication. It will at the very least provide your dog with a tasty diversion.
The question of whether honey can be utilised to cure other ailments has been up for debate. It has been argued, for instance, that honey may be helpful for dogs that have allergies because, if they have a pollen allergy, the honey itself may expose them to lesser amounts of the allergen, helping to strengthen their immunity without eliciting a full allergic reaction. The pollen your dog is allergic to is very unlikely to be the same type as that found in honey, and many allergic dogs also react to a number of other allergens, so this is not a dependable means of treating allergies.
Additionally, since the amount of allergen you feed your dog through honey cannot be precisely measured and must be administered in order to only create an immunological response, it is possible that the honey itself could result in an allergic reaction. We would usually advise against using honey for allergic cases due to this and the possibility that the sugar in honey may harm your dog. It is advisable to consult your veterinarian for more information if you suspect your pet may have an allergy.
Can honey be used to treat kennel cough?
One of the symptoms of kennel cough that can be relieved by honey is a sore throat. The effects are modest, though, and sore throats don’t always need to be treated. Additionally, your dog may be eligible for a different treatment option that is more suitable and efficient. Because of this, it’s always best to speak with your veterinarian before administering honey as a treatment if you suspect that your dog has kennel cough. They can advise you on the proper course of action and, more importantly, this will help rule out any other, potentially more serious, underlying medical conditions.
How Much Honey Can You Feed Your Dog?
Ask your veterinarian how much honey is safe to give your dog if you want to do so. When it comes to dog treats, less is usually more, especially for smaller breeds. Consult your veterinarian to see whether honey is safe for your dog to eat if they have a medical condition like diabetes, and think about giving them a treat with less sugar, such cucumbers, in place of honey. Find out which common fruits and veggies dogs can and cannot eat.
Consult your veterinarian for more information about what you can and cannot feed your dog as well as about natural cures for illnesses.