Honey is one of the superfoods good for the health of humans, but also for dogs, when it is of good quality and consumed in appropriate quantities. Be careful though, if your pet has diabetes, do not give it to him, the honey is sugar and it would be worse for his health than anything else.
As a reminder, honey is made by bees. They begin by fetching the nectar present in the flowers, which they bring back into their hive and then pass it from mouth to mouth. Once this nectar is mixed with a lot of saliva, it’s deposited in a cell where it dries. When all the water is out of this transformed nectar, the bees close the alveolus and will return to get the honey only when they need to feed. That being said, honey has many virtues and benefits, both for humans and for canines.
- Strengthens the immune defenses. Honey is a source of antioxidants and nutrients that boosts the immune system and is even excellent for endurance in sporting dogs.
- Antiseptic. Against burns and superficial wounds, it does wonders! Just apply a nice layer on the area and cover it with a bandage, to prevent the dog from licking. Honey also helps with healing. However, if the wound is deep or the burn is severe, consult a veterinarian.
- Against skin allergies. The pollen contained in honey helps to desensitize the canine and immunize against allergies.
- Against constipation. Thanks to the fructo-oligosaccharides it contains, honey helps to regulate intestinal transit.
- Oral health. Propolis is a substance produced by bees which, mixed with vegetable propolis, allows them to clean the hives. It helps fight against gingivitis and canine bad breath.
- Relieves coughing. As in humans, honey softens the dog’s throat, if irritation occurs.
Which honey in what quantity?
Honey isn’t harmful to the dog, from the moment it doesn’t ingest too much. If it’s a very good food, it isn’t necessary for him to live, and better bet on quality. Be careful though, don’t give it to the puppy before its 18 months because it contains clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that produces a neurotoxin in the gut and can affect the digestive and nervous systems, or even be fatal.
Raw or raw honey will be better for the dog than the one you find in supermarkets, even if it’s a bit more expensive. Manuka honey also has a good reputation. It comes from New Zealand but its rarity makes it a very expensive product. You can also opt for thyme honey which is a very good antiseptic.
On the quantity side, you must also be vigilant to prevent your dog from suffering from diabetes. Count between half a teaspoon for a dog weighing between 15 and 20kg, up to a teaspoon and a half for those over 30kg. If you have a tiny dog, half a teaspoon or less will be enough. In all cases don’t exceed one dose per week.