Honey For Dogs

by janie knetzer

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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 (ithin 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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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Linda Carmichael September 2, 2011 at 12:30 am

Very interesting concept. will try it with my westies!


admin September 2, 2011 at 1:22 am

Would love to know how it works for you Linda!

Janie :o


Roxanna Wilkinson April 20, 2012 at 12:34 pm

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 April 26, 2012 at 3:52 am

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.


Angelina September 19, 2012 at 5:48 am

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 …


GERMAINE September 29, 2012 at 2:46 pm

hi, can i feed clover honey to my dog? is it the same as raw honey?


admin September 30, 2012 at 12:35 am

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.



Nancy November 16, 2012 at 9:05 pm

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 November 16, 2012 at 9:24 pm

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 :o


Ken Schoonmaker October 15, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Couldn’t resist commenting on your yellow Lab.
My brother has one. What a sweetie she is. Loves the water
(Web toes) I have video of her diving off diving board in pool.
She is extremely intelligent. she will sit and wait for her food until the command ‘OK’ is given before she will go to her food.
My brother forgot one time to give the command, she waited 20
minutes before he realized she was not eating.
She was the runt of the litter which is a good thing. She knows to stop in front of you to avoid bowling over you. Actually my brother is a fantastic trainer, so she is well trained.
Only drawback, Daily shedding! I am sure you know about that. Another great thing is Yellow Labs are bred as bird retrieval hunting dogs, so they are bred not to bark while engaged in retrieval. They normally only bark in emergency situations.
They also remain in Puppy Mode for the first 4 years of their life. Amazing Dog!


janie knetzer October 16, 2014 at 2:42 am

Hi Ken:
Thanks for sharing your comments; especially on my lab “Maggie.” She’s my big baby. They are a wonderful breed and so even tempered all the time. You’re right about the dog food ingredients; that is a huge topic that I discuss regularly on my blog and in my newsletter.

I’m glad to hear that you have an inside dog now. Dogs are pack animals and NEED to be with their pack.



Eva December 29, 2012 at 9:32 am

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 December 29, 2012 at 4:56 pm

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.


katey cundy January 13, 2013 at 2:57 pm

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 January 13, 2013 at 8:31 pm

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.



Ken Schoonmaker October 15, 2014 at 5:53 pm

I also have a Lap Dog. 11 pound Silky Terrier. I always had outside dogs but they were only outside pets. But since I got this little guy in my old age, I can’t believe how close I have become.

I have done a ton of research, I am a retired Programmer.
We have to be extra careful with our small dogs. they are
delicate creatures. and I know how the Vets can drain your wallet.
The Diet is the most important thing in your Dog’s health.
I feed my puppy Wellness Core which is about $58 dollars
a 26 LB Bag at (Tractor Supply)
Now I know this is pricy, but since my puppy is small, a bag last about 6 months. (Your small Yorkie should last longer)
But whatever you are feeding your Yorkie, the main thing is
to read the ingredients! If you see the ingredient ‘ANIMAL FAT” listed, do not feed this product to your dog!
ANIMAL FAT – There are companies out there that collect
Euthanized Pets from Kill Animal shelters delivered to them in plastic bags. ( some with collars still on), Also they collect Road Kill, and scrapings from Slaughterhouse floors), These Companies are called Rendering Companies!
I hate to gross you out, but they dump all of the above into large Rendering pots and cook until done.
They then sell this Rendering Poison to major Dog Food Companies as flavoring for their products.
And a lot of major Dog Food Companies such as Purina use this Rendering Poison to flavor their products.
The final point is that the chemical that was used to Euthanized the Pets is still in the Rendering Poison!
I hate to be so blunt but this practice is abominable!
Bottom line, Our babies are helpless, they depend on us to care for them.
You can verify this information by viewing this Website.


And look for ‘ANIMAL FAT’ as an ingredient in all Dog food
and treat products!


Rebecca February 7, 2013 at 6:58 pm

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 February 8, 2013 at 1:17 am

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 :o


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