Honey For Dogs & Benefits Of Feeding Daily
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My dogs are my heart and I will do most anything for them. That is why I love to learn about ways I can help them stay healthy using natural means. Recently I have been seeing questions about feeding honey to dogs. I had never considered honey for my dogs but found the questions interesting so I wanted to investigate the topic a bit more.
Raw honey is an amazing product created by bees doing what bees do. As bees travel from flower to flower they collect pollen from those flowers. That pollen is an ingredient in honey. Fun fact – the flower that the pollen is collected from helps determine the color of the honey. We all think about honey being a golden brown but it can range from a light color to a dark color. The darker the color the deeper the flavor. Honey is rich in nutrients such as simple sugar, natural enzymes, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, B vitamins as well as C, D, E and K. Wow! I never knew that about honey. I just thought it was a great source of sweetness for hot tea or cornbread.
When feeding honey to your dog, you want to go with raw, unprocessed and organic. Like fresh vegetables, honey loses all of the wonderful nutrients in the heating or pasteurization process. If those nutrients are gone you are basically just feeding your pup sugar. Most honey sold at the grocery store is lacking the nutritional value of raw honey so watch your labels.
The most popular reason to feed your dog honey daily is to help combat seasonal allergies. It is a long held belief that eating raw, locally sourced honey can help pets and people deal with their seasonal allergies. The basis of this is the fact that bees collect the various pollens from the flowers growing in the area, thus depositing the pollen into their honey. When the local honey in eaten, your pet is exposed to small amounts of the allergy causing substances. Your pet’s body can then work to build up a natural type of immunity to help ease their allergy symptoms.
Does your canine friend suffer from diarrhea or other stomach problems? The second reason to feed raw honey is that honey is chocked full of enzymes. These enzymes have antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties plus it is also a good anti-inflammatory. Add all of these things together and raw honey can be helpful with your pup’s digestive or gastrointestinal issues caused by overgrowth of bacteria. It can help sooth and calm their systems. Honey may also give some relief to pups with arthritis problems.
Feeding your dog raw honey can have some wonderful benefits but that doesn’t mean you can just open up the honey pot and let Fido eat all of the honey his sweet heart desires. Honey should NOT be fed to puppies. Because you are feeding an unprocessed food product there is the possibility of the honey having botulism spores that are unsafe for puppies and dogs with weak immune systems. Honey should also never be given to dogs with diabetes. Even though honey is made up primarily of simple sugars that are easily absorbed by the body it is still a sugar. As with humans, too much of a good thing can also led to obesity and tooth decay. It is recommended that you feed no more than one teaspoon of honey a day to your pup and brush their teeth regularly.
As I was doing research on feeding honey to dogs I was introduced to a very unique product called K9 Honey. This is a 100% raw, unfiltered honey that has been created specifically for dogs. This is the first product of of its kind in the pet industry. K9 Honey blends the bee pollen from nine different geographical regions from across the country. K9 Honey is an easy way to feed raw honey to your dog on a daily bases as a food topper or treat. You don’t have to worry about reading the label on grocery store honey to make sure it’s what you want. This product is available online or at specialty pet stores.
I received a free sample of the K9 Honey to try with our tribe. This was a great way for me to introduce my dogs to the natural benefits of honey. They don’t have any allergies or issues at this time so I can’t report on any amazing healing but they do like K9 Honey and if it can help them in some small way stay healthier then I am willing to give it a go.
If you have tried K9 Honey or any type of raw honey I would love to hear from you. Please share your story with us in the comments below!