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feeding honey to dogs4 Amazing Benefits of Honey For Dogs

While there are many benefits of honey, this article shares 4 amazing benefits of honey for dogs.

Feeding honey to dogs is nothing new, but many dog owners probably aren’t aware of it. One of my twitter friends recently asked me about feeding honey to her older dog.

Her question set my wheels in motion and got me thinking that this would be a great topic for one of my blog articles.

Michele Crouse is a bee keeper and a dog trainer as well and she shared some excellent information in an article with Whole Dog Journal regarding the many benefits of honey for dogs. Here goes.

Honey For Allergies

Many dogs suffer from environmental allergies just like we do. Spring, summer and fall can trigger these allergies in dogs with symptoms such as rubbing the face, licking feet and thighs and scratching.

Traditional veterinarians will typically recommend an antihistamine such as Benedryl or something stronger. If the dog’s allergies are severe, they will recommend Prednisone.

Yellow Lab named ZoeWell, if you read my articles enough, you know that I try to keep my dogs as natural as possible (with in reason of course). Prednisone is very hard on the organs and this isn’t a drug that should ever be considered lightly when it comes to yourself or your dog.

Honey for dogs with allergies has been used for many, many years with excellent results. How it works is once you feed honey which includes local pollen, the body will begin to adjust itself to the pollen and no longer react to it.

This means that the body can now be exposed to larger amounts without the symptoms of allergies. So when everything starts to bloom such as trees and plants, your dog will not experience the symptoms of allergies.  **YOU MUST PURCHASE LOCAL HONEY THAT’S PRODUCED IN YOUR OWN AREA WHERE YOU LIVE

Dosage: 1 Tablespoon of RAW HONEY twice daily for large dogs such as labs. Use this as a guide and adjust according to the size of your dog. You must do this daily or the allergy symptoms will reappear.

Honey For Dogs As A Wound Dressing

Yep, if your dog somehow ends up with a nasty burn, honey may help.
Clinical trials show that applying honey as a wound dressing eliminates infection, reduces inflammation, swelling and pain, and increases the growth of new skin. It seals and keeps the area moist (including skin grafts) while protecting from sticking to bandages.

When using honey as a wound dressing, you want to use LIQUID HONEY which means the honey you have in your cabinet should be soft and pour easily. If it is crystallized (solid) you should place the jar in a pot of very hot water (don’t microwave) until it can easily be poured. Never use crystallized honey on a burn or open wound – the crystals are like little knives and can cause more pain.

Directions: Clip the hair around the burn. You’ll want to wash the burned area with vinegar and apply a thick coat of honey every 10 minutes until the pain decreases. Apply a LIGHT bandage over the area. Don’t allow your dog to lick or bother the area. A Elizabethan collar might be necessary.

On wounds that aren’t so serious, apply directly without a bandage. Keep your dog from licking the wound for at least twenty minutes so that the honey can be absorbed into the skin. You can do this 3-4 times a day until you see results.

Honey As An Energizer

Honey is a natural energizer. So, if you have an older dog or a dog who seems to be losing his step, try giving him a little honey.

Honey For A Healthy Digestive Tract

Honey discourages the growth of unhealthy bacteria in the digestive tract and eradicates toxins. Another reason using honey for dogs is a good idea.

Diabetic Dogs and Dogs With Cancer – discuss the use of feeding honey with your holistic vet first! Avoid feeding honey to dogs with cancer.

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  1. Roxanna Wilkinson says

    Great information!!! Thank you!!! I know that honey can help relieve some of the stiffness in humans that have arthritis, wonder if it helps dogs the same way?

    • admin says

      Hi Roxanna:
      Thank you and I’m glad that you liked the article! I would think that because of it’s anti inflammatory ability, that it would work on dogs as well. Remember though – avoid giving honey to dogs with cancer and/or diabetes.

  2. Angelina says

    Hi there, I’m glad that someone believe in what I’m doing all my life for my dogs … When my 15 years old dog (chopin) had stroke I saved his life with Honey … Also when my other dog had heart attack I gave him honey … Also when any of my pets poison out I am using honey to save them …

    • admin says

      Hi Germaine:
      I don’t believe that the form of honey matters much — raw vs clover…. Using the guide of 1 tablespoon daily for an 80lb. dog – I would adjust it accordingly for your own dog based upon weight.


  3. Nancy says

    I have a 6yr old golden ret. that has food allergies as well as seasonal. She gets alot of yeast infections in both ears. today infact was another trip to the vet, gets conzol drops for both ears and recheck in two weeks. She is a rescue and was tested for allergies when she was very young. She is also on Phenobarbital for seizures. Do you think I could try honey with her conditions.

    • admin says

      Hi Nancy:
      You could try honey and see if it works for her. Another option is goats milk which works very well! I would also recommend keeping Zymox Hydrocortisone FREE formula on hand which works excellent! I haven’t had time to change my page on dog ear problems, but I want to replace what is on there with this formula. I use it on my own yellow lab.

      Janie 😮

  4. Eva says

    Hi, I have a 14 year old Shih-tzu suffering from liver problem. I am wondering if raw honey would help her condition? Thanks.

    • admin says

      Hey Eva:
      Quite honestly I haven’t heard or read anything about honey for dogs with liver disease. You MUST be extremely careful when your dog is diagnosed with liver disease. I have a complete series of articles dedicated to this very topic; there are four articles and I highly recommend that you read through them. Here’s the first article in the series.

      I hope your old girl keeps a good quality of life and enjoys every minute.

  5. katey cundy says

    I’m going to try honey for my yorkie. Don’t know if it’s reverse sneezing or collapse trachea..but we can’t afford vet bills. I love this dog with all my heart. Hoping honey will help. What do you think? Thank for your help.

    • admin says

      Hi Katey:
      I think it’s worth a shot. On this forum they discuss using unfiltered honey combined with fresh lemon juice for a collapsed trachea. Quite honestly I can’t vouch as to whether or not it works though.


  6. Rebecca says

    I’ve been researching honey for dogs and your blog is the only one that I’ve found so far that talks about how much to give the dog. Thank you for that information! Do you have any suggestions as to what is the best way to feed it to the dog – such as spoon feeding, mixed into food, etc.. Also, I know dogs have sensitive digestive systems so is it better to start by slowly feeding them small amounts of honey or just give them the full amount right from the beginning? I have one dog with allergies – mostly upper respiratory stuff – and one with IBS. I’m hoping this helps them both.

    • admin says

      Hi Rebecca:
      Thank you and I’m glad that you liked the article. Most dogs welcome the sweet taste of honey and you can feed directly from a spoon or mix it with their dinner. I’d would love for you to come back and let us know how it goes. That’s always helpful for others like yourself searching for help.

      Also, honey is easily digested, so feeding the recommended amounts should be fine without building up to it.

      Janie 😮

  7. says

    My sons own this shop in Raleigh that stocks over 250 loose leaf teas & herbs with most being organic. Two years ago, they added a honey bar that stocks around 30-40 honey and honey based products. I was doing some research for my poodles and came across your blog. I would like your permission to link this to the blog on our website. Of course I will be sure they give you credit as a guest blogger.

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Linda:

      Thank you and yes feel free to link to my blog from your son’s blog (which is very nice by the way). I LOVE tea! Thank you for asking first; I appreciate that very much.

      Best of luck to your son’s website.


  8. rich says

    my white german shepard has alot of allergys and pancretis as well…will the raw honey help or hurt? she takes pancrezyme powder with every meal… i do home cooked meal and give her chamonile tea for yeast infections …i also use olewo carrots and beets….she doing great but always looking to make it better…

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Rich:
      Like you’re doing, you need to pay strict attention to controlling Pancreatitis. I’m glad to hear that you’re feeding her Pancrezyme Powder with her meals. DO NOT STOP!

      Here’s an article that I did when one of my own dogs developed Pancreatitis. This is very serious business Rich; stay on your toes with this.

      Using a little raw honey should be fine. Stanford University includes it in their recommendations for chronic pancreatitis (not acute).


  9. Lee says

    Great article!
    I shared this on our facebook wall!
    Honey is fantastic for dogs! Loaded with health benefits, easy to digest and not to mention, delicious. We incorporate organic honey in our sauce for dogs called KetchPup®!

  10. eleanore says

    My dog has laryngeal paralysis (early stages) and I was wondering if raw honey from my area would help this. Please let me know. Thanks!

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Eleanore:

      I’m not sure if you read this article on my site regarding laryngeal paralysis which was shared by a friend whose dog had this condition. He covers a lot in the article. I highly recommend that you take a look. It may help. Whatever you do, do not attach your dog’s leash directly to the collar. Use a harness.

      Eleanore, I don’t think that honey will be a problem, but I suggest that you first read the article that I recommended above, then get in touch with those over at this yahoo group which is for those with dogs who have laryngeal paralysis.

      I wish I could be of more help. Best of luck.


  11. Diana Reynolds says

    Great read. My husband and I adopted a Pittbull last May. I did a lot of research before hand. Decided that raw fed is best. We try to stay all natural. Purchased honey today. Found your article, thank you.

    • janie knetzer says

      Thank you Diana and I’m glad you liked the article. Also, “thank you” for adopting, and a big “thank you” for adopting a Pitbull.

      Good job on your diet choices and methods of care.


  12. Kelly Eichhorn says

    I was just looking online to see if it was ok to use a drop of honey to give my Min Pin (she is 14)her antibiotic and found you. I am amazed by all of the benefits there are to dogs from honey. My Chinadoll gets infections in her mouth over and over. We’ve spent a fortune on cleanings. She chews on herself all the time and the hair gets up in her teeth and gums and causes the problem. Do you think honey would help with this?

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Kelly:
      The honey certainly can’t hurt, but it has to be local honey from your area if using it for allergies. If you haven’t done so already, you need to take a look at her her food and whether you are providing the additional supplements she most likely needs. Most often, the right food and a few supplements are all that’s needed Kelly.

      One supplement that comes to mind that helps both the heart AND periodontal issues is COQ10.


  13. Barb says

    I noticed you mentioned CoQ10, which I take, but for my yorkie, is there a dog version or can he take a portion of mine?
    He is 15 years old and 4.5 pounds, he has always had allergy issues, this year is the worst, I can’t wait to give honey a try, I’m hoping it will help his cough that appears every fall “when the furnace turns on” and in the spring, I clean like crazy to no help.. Thank you for sharing about dogs and honey, hopefully my little Max will get some relief. How long does it take to see it is helping?

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Barb:
      Every dog is different. If given daily, you should notice a difference in a few days to a week, if it’s working. But, you MUST purchase honey that is pollinated in your own local area. It won’t help if you purchase honey from another state, etc.

      COQ10 is COQ10 and the human version is fine. However, the problem is that the human pills contain more and can’t easily be broken down to the dose your little dog needs. The one that I recommend that’s made for dogs comes in smaller doses (typically 10mg vs 100mg human dose) which helps when you’re dealing with little ones like your yorkie.

      If congestion is a problem for your little guy, a lot of dog owners like Sinurite homeopathic tablets.


      • Barb says


        Thank you so much for your reply and all the info, I appreciate it very much. I will be sure to get local honey.

        I am so thankful I came across your info.


  14. ROGER says

    White shepherd we have with an ear problem.
    Would he benefit from Honey. He is 10 months old and we have visited the vet many times costing a lot of money.
    He was sedated last week and cleaned out properly and has been a nicer dog since as he obviously had a lot of pain. He is now on a low dose of prednisone and antibiotics. Would really like to get him off this stuff.
    The vet seems to think he may be a continual sufferer, so any ideas would be appreciated before we go broke.

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Roger:

      I want to share my article with you on ear problems and how to clear them up permanently. Don’t get sucked into the process of placing your dog on steroids and antibiotics. It’s a revolving door that isn’t healthy for your pup. This article will help and if you follow my advice, your dog will live a infection free, happy life. :)

      If you must feed kibble, look for Fromms Four Star Nutritionals and top it off with Wellness Ninety Five Percent meaty topper (canned meat formula).


  15. ROGER says

    Thanks Janie. How do I get a copy of your article on ear on ear problems. We are weaning him off the steroids right now and hope never to give them again. He loves honey straight off a spoon using a floral and manuka honey blend. There is no doubt he is a happier dog with his ears cleaned and infection reduced at least but really need to find a passive formula that will keep him happy.

  16. ROGER says

    Ignore my request, I have found and read your informative section on ears. Very good indeed and glad to know we are not the only one with problems. Have book marked your site and will use it as problems arise. Many thanks.

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Roger:

      You certainly aren’t the only ones with problems. Thank you for bookmarking my site and we’re always here to help.


  17. Donna Gillbee says

    Finally found some localized honey today and going to try it. I have a German Shepherd that suffers from allergies, severe loss of hair, itching, sneezing and runny nose. I sure hope this works. Benadryl helps and I don’t want to keep putting her on steroids when it gets so bad they have to. She has been on it 2x.
    Thanks for the information.

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Donna:

      I’m glad that you’re going to try the localized honey for your girl. It should help. However, keep in mind that if her allergies are year round, then chances are that she’s reacting to food. If it’s seasonal, then it could be environmental, or it could be both. Remember to feed a whole food. Raw is the best in my opinion. I’ve seen many shepherds make a complete turn around when fed a raw diet. I wanted to also recommend another great product that you can use along with the honey. Zyflamend is made by New Chapter and includes excellent whole foods such as ginger, turmeric, green tea, holy basil and rosemary to name a few. It helps with the body’s inflammation response which is what an allergy is.

      I also suggest that you include a good daily dose of chlorophyll for her. I used to always recommend a powdered form of barley grass or others. However, I recently found a great product that is completely organic and offers 50% chlorella and 50% spirilina which are both AMAZING sea greens. These ones come in tiny tablets. These greens are good for EVERYTHING including liver health. Anyway, I just wanted to share a few additional ideas for you Donna that can help with long term health.

      Good luck to you and your big girl. Feel free to ask if you have questions.


    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Ellen:

      Cancer feeds on sugar and even though you may think of it as a natural sweetener, it still feeds cancer cells. Are you looking for something in particular?


      • Ellen says

        Just wondering. I was reading through the post.. I have a itchy blacklab beagle. She’s 8 years old. We have try the the food thing… I am convinced its the environment. My father cured his allergies with honey. So why not my doggy!

        • janie knetzer says

          If your has cancer, honey is not recommended. If she doesn’t have cancer and just has allergies, then yes, honey may help, but it has to be local honey. Does she have cancer Ellen?

          • janie knetzer says

            I realize you tried the food thing, you said, but what are you feeding? Is the dog itchy all year or just seasonally? What are you doing for the dog with cancer?

          • Ellen says

            He’s between the ages of 10-12. We found him 4 years ago. The cancer is all over him. Keeping him comfortable. He is on a pain med.

  18. Ellen says

    He wound having Lyme. Took X-rays as well to make sure nothing else was going on and found little dots all over his lungs…..and his lynphnodes where a little big. 😞

  19. Brad says

    Try a product called Nuvet it comes in wafers and a powder for sensitive dogs(there is also a cat formula).

    Our Pomaranian at 7 years old developed a tumor the size of between the size of a large marble and a golf ball rite at the inside of her right leg where it meets her chest. scary because it was rite in the joint.the vet recommended to cut it out. I started giving her 2 wafers a day 16 days before her surgery. when the doctor spoke with me after the surgery she was totally amazed at the outcome of the surgery.she said that when she made the cut to expose the tumor so she could cut the tumor out much to her amazement the tumor just fell out. in other words it was not attached to anything.she also said that that was a first for her and at my dogs first exam she could tell that the tumor was attached.

    This stuff has also healed my dog of bad allergies and digestive problems. Also she is more active and her eyes have a sparkle to them and no more discharge or tearing up.

    Good luck to all with there pets medical problems, and God Bless.

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