In small quantities, honey can be given to dogs.
“Simple and sweet, honey contains natural sugars that is reported to have a wide variety of medicinal properties. It also, occasionally, finds its way into the mouths of our dogs,” said Anna Burke in “Can Dogs Eat Honey?” in the American Kennel Club website.
Benefits of feeding honey to dogs
Yes, you can give honey to your dog, but do not give too much, Burke said.
“Honey is safe for dogs to eat in small quantities. It contains natural sugars and small amounts of vitamins and minerals, and is used as a sweetener in many foods and beverages,” Burke said.
Honey can be beneficial to your dog’s health, said John Staughton in “ Can Dogs Have Honey” in Organic Facts website.
The risk associated with honey is very low, said Staughton.
“Honey is packed with nutrients and sugars and is one of the most commonly used sweeteners in the world,” he said.
But like any other human food, Staughton said one must give honey to one’s dog in moderation.
“Most of a dog’s nutrients are taken care of in the course of a normal diet, but small treats on the side are typically fine,” Staughton said.
Here are the health benefits of honey, according to Staughton:
1. Increases energy level.
2. Boosts the immune system.
3. Relieves allergies.
4. Heals wounds.
5. Aids digestion.
Honey has lots of carbohydrates which are broken down into the body as simple sugars. This can energize your pup, specially when they seem overly fatigued.
Honey is said to have antibacterial qualities, which clear out a dog’s gastrointestinal system. It also promotes the production of white blood cells.
There have been studies that showed honey can suppress the allergic response in the body, “so if your pooch seems to be allergic to every plant or weed it sniffs, a bit of honey in their meals can help soothe these symptoms,” Staughton said.
Honey is also known for its healing properties, Staughton said. It can be topically applied to wounds to prevent infections, “while also stimulating blood flow and speeding up the healing process,” he added.
Honey soothes inflammation in the gut, Staughton said. It can “balance bacterial levels, and reduce the symptoms of common stomach problems for your pooch, such as diarrhea and vomiting, “ he said.
Honey and some health concerns for dogs
BUT raw honey is not good for puppies or dogs with compromised immune systems, as it may contain the botulism spores, Burke said. Botulisms spores can cause an illness that can lead to paralysis.
“Honey should not be given to diabetic or obese dogs,” Burke said. Ask your vet when you can give honey to your dog.
Like other sweet food, Burke stressed, “That sweetness (honey) comes at a price.”
Because of its high sugar content, too much consumption of honey can lead to obesity in dogs. Owners with obese dogs are also advised to provide adequate exercise for the dog.
Aside from obesity, sugar can also cause tooth decay. Owners are advised to brush their dog’s teeth regularly if they are feeding honey to their dogs.
Two tablespoon of honey are sufficient for a dog in one day. More can lead to gastrointestinal problems and other side effects, Burke said.
“Letting your dog lick a bit of extra honey off your fingers is fine, and you can even add honey to their food in small amounts. Excessive consumption of honey, however, can lead to problems with your dog’s blood sugar levels and can lead to obesity since honey is a dense source of calories,” Burke added.
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