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.
Well, 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.