Can I Give my Dog Honey?
If you have a dog at home or you are planning to buy one, your first concern will be regarding your furry friend’s diet. While you would be happy to feed your dog whatever you eat, it is very important for you to know that, not all people’s food will not suit the dogs and, sometimes it can harm them too.
It is well known fact that as far as human beings are concerned, honey has several health benefits, and you may wonder if you can give your dog honey. Well scroll down to know if your dog can eat honey or no.
Answer – Yes but in moderation
Yes thankfully you can give your dog honey and you don’t have to be worried whether your dog can digest the honey, because honey has been already digested by the bees and it will definitely not affect your dog’s digestive system. In fact honey improves your dog’s digestive functions and provides many health benefits for dogs, especially if he is suffering from allergies and cough.
Benefits of giving honey to dogs
Talking about the benefits of honey, the dogs benefit from honey, almost as much as human beings do. Honey is highly nutritious for your dog as it is rich in vitamins A, B, C, D and E, minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc, sodium and potassium and antioxidants, which help to enhance the dog’s immune system and fight infections. Honey also treats allergies and soothes the throat in case of kennel cough. The antibacterial and antiviral properties of honey help to heal wounds and raw honey can be applied directly on the dog’s skin if he has any cut or burn.
How to give my dog honey
If your dog is suffering from seasonal allergies, the best honey that works is raw local honey because the small amount of pollens in the honey will help to treat your dog’s allergy symptoms. During allergy season, large dogs can be given 1 tbsp of honey twice daily while smaller dogs can be given 1 tsp, till the allergy symptoms are treated.
For kennel cough, give your dog raw honey. 1 tbsp of honey twice a day for big dogs, and 1 tsp of honey twice daily for small dogs, till the cough is cured.
You can make the dog lick the honey directly from the spoon or mix it with his food.
Well, now that you know that you can give your dog honey, you should keep in mind that the amount to be given should be restricted to just 1 tsp per day, because too much of honey can cause upset his stomach and remember honey is rich in carbs and sugar and can make your dog overweight . And just as infants should not be given honey, you should avoid giving honey to puppy dogs too. But do consult your veterinary doctor if your dog is diabetic.
So it is a good idea to give your dog honey and since dogs love the taste of honey, you will not face any problem feeding honey to your dog!!!