Raw Honey for Dogs
Honey has been used as a folk remedy throughout history. It’s loaded with beneficial vitamins and minerals & antioxidants. It is proven to have antibacterial/antimicrobial properties. It is known to can calm allergic reactions and soothe dry / irritated skin and throats.
Honey is rich is antioxidants, enzymes and minerals including iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and selenium. Vitamins found in honey include vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and niacin
A thing to note here is that the easily available honey is processed to remove crystals. The application of heat destroys many of the beneficial antioxidants and bacteria. So for maximum benefit always get locally produced Raw Honey.
The honey color will vary from light to dark golden, depending on the flowers the bees used to make the product. Nothing to worry about, It’s only a color.
Raw honey crystallizes or solidifies in cold weather, making it difficult to use. To liquify crystallized honey, stand the jar in hot water [ much like parachute in winter] until it can be stirred or poured.
Microwaving is not recommended because in addition to destroying enzymes and other nutrients, heating honey in a microwave increases its hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) content, which adversely affects its flavor.
How much to give my dog ?
1/4 teaspoon per 10 kg of body weight daily is enough for health maintenance.
Since one teaspoon contains about 17 grams of sugar and 70 calories, the it is recommended not to exceed one teaspoon per day. Honey can be fed by itself.
What are the benefits ?
Soothes symptoms of kennel cough.
Honey is an excellent solution for soothing irritated throats and coughs.
Reduces gastrointestinal upset
For minor bouts of an upset stomach or diarrhea that might come from something simple, such as your dog feasting on fresh grass, a couple of doses of honey may help quiet and soothe his GI tract.
Helps heal minor burns, scrapes, and cuts.
Minor wounds can be treated with honey.
Raw honey will help keep the wound area clean and moist, which promotes healing. Honey’s natural antibacterial properties reduce the chance of infection and protect the injured area.
Clean the wound area and apply a thick coat & prevent Fido from licking it up.
The sugar in honey boosts energy. Older dogs have been known to benefit from this.
Can honey help your dog’s arthritis ?
Dog parents agree. Honey is known to be good anti-inflammatory. Researchers at Copenhagen University conducted a successful study showing that daily doses of honey and cinnamon for a week allowed previously impacted patients to move without arthritis pain.
Honey is a simple sugar. So it's best to avoid it if your dog is diabetic.
Do not give honey to puppies. Raw honey can carry small portions of harmful bacteria such as botulism. This is dangerous for puppies, so you should never feed raw honey to puppies ( & babies) less than a year old.
However, raw honey is safe and beneficial to adult dogs.