The Safety of Raw Honey for Canines

by Scott Morgan
A little raw honey is safe and nutritious for your dog.

A little raw honey is safe and nutritious for your dog.

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Raw honey is more than safe for dogs. In fact, raw honey has several health benefits for canines, just as it does for people. Raw honey is especially beneficial as a way to lessen environmental allergies, but it also aids in intestinal health in dogs. Locally harvested raw honey is best for your growing or adult pup.

Raw Honey as Alternative Medicine

Raw honey contains vitamins B6, B12, C, D and E. It also contains folic acid calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and manganese. Raw honey's live enzymes also give it antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic and antifungal properties. Using raw honey as a vital supplement to a dog's diet is increasingly common, particularly in the holistic pet movement. But even the average pet parent is taking notice of raw honey's soothing and healing properties.

Allergy Relief

Raw honey contains bee pollens from the general area where it is gathered, making locally harvested honey the most effective aid in combating environmental allergies. By ingesting tiny amounts of local pollens, dogs build up a better immunity to these irritants. Some beekeepers swear on this fact, and some report that allergy symptoms such as sneezing and excessive face rubbing or scratching, return when they stop feeding their dogs teaspoons of honey daily.

Digestive Aid

Because raw honey contains live enzymes such as amylase, which facilitates the proper digestion of carbohydrates, it soothes your dog's digestive system. Raw honey's antibacterial properties can help keep her immune system healthy by promoting healthy bacteria in the intestines. It also may benefit her if she suffers from gastritis, irritable bowel disease, colitis or other gastrointestinal issues that occur from an overgrowth of bacteria in the digestive system. Glucose oxidase, an enzyme that produces hydrogen peroxide in the system, also aids in fighting off harmful bacteria.

How Much, How Often

The good news if you're using raw honey as a preventative, alternative medicine for your dog is that dogs tend to love the taste, so it's easy to give him his daily dosage. You can feed him straight from a spoon or mix the honey into his food. For small breeds, one teaspoon in the morning, daily, tends to be enough. For larger breeds, one teaspoon in the morning and another at night will suffice. Always check with your veterinarian before adding something new to your dog's diet.

Sugar

If you're worried about the sugar content of honey, don't. Though high in sugar, raw honey is easily digested and assimilated, unlike processed sugar. Honey sugars are mostly mostly glucose and fructose, which are simple sugars, or monosaccharides. These are far more easily assimilated than the disaccharides and polysaccharides you'll find in table sugar, milk, grains, legumes and high-starch vegetables.

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