October is Pet Wellness Month, so what better time to look at some of the natural ways that we can help our dogs stay healthy and guard against potential health problems? This month, we’re looking at the many benefits of K9 Honey for dogs.
Humans have known about raw honey and it’s benefits for centuries. Archaeologists have discovered petroglyphs over 7,000 years old that depict ancient beekeepers collecting honey from beehives. In the 4th century BC, the Greek philosopher Aristotle mentioned honey as being “good as a salve for sore eyes and wounds.”
Did you know that dogs receive the same benefits as people? It’s true!
Here are just a few ways they can benefit from this all-natural, high-quality treat.
Raw Honey as a Daily Supplement for Dogs
Raw honey is filled flavonoids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. These can help your dog keep his immune system up and protect against common ailments, like the dog flu (which is back in the news).
Since K9 Honey is simply raw honey infused with raw pollen from around the world, it’s filled with amino acids and vitamins (especially vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, D, E and K). It also naturally contains miners like niacin, potassium, copper, calcium and more. This makes it an excellent (and very tasty) way to give your dog those extra vitamins and minerals he isn’t getting from his diet.
Natural Allergy Relief for Dogs
If your dog suffers from skin ailments as a result of seasonal allergies, raw honey is an ideal way to help them. The reasoning is simple: raw honey acts like an “allergy shot” would help you.
By introducing tiny spores of an allergen (in the form of raw pollen) to your pets immune system, you can help create resistance to these allergies.
K9 Honey is the only raw honey that contains pollen from nine geographic regions throughout the United States. This makes it a superior natural remedy for pets.
You'll likely notive that symptoms of allergies in the form of small, red bumps on the skin, bald spots of fur, constant paw licking, sores around the mouth and more will slowly disappear.
Be patient - most studies suggest it takes at least 30-60 days for dogs to experience full relief as it takes time for these pollens to build up in the system.
Soothing a Cough with Raw Honey for Dogs
Raw honey has been used for a millennia to treat sore throats and raspy coughs in humans and dogs. Kennel cough is a highly contagious respiratory illness that impacts dogs all around the world. It’s especially dangerous in boarding facilities, rescue events, dog parks, daycare facilities, dog shows and other places where large numbers of dogs gather.
Giving your dog a teaspoon or so of honey (depending on their size) is just one way that you can help soothe their throats and give them relief from this dry, raspy cough.
Protecting Your Dog's Digestive System with Raw Honey
If your dog is prone to digestive upset (including bouts of diarrhea, indigestion or constipation), K9 Honey may be the perfect solution.
Raw honey naturally contains small amounts of live enzymes like diastase (amylase) and invertase. These can help soothe your dog's digestive system and assist in the proper digestion of food, which can help calm and regulate your dog's digestive system.
These enzymes make K9 Honey an excellent solution for "gassy" dogs or those who never feel full.
You may just notice that your dog smells quite a bit better as well!
Raw Honey's Role as an Antioxidant
Antioxidants are molecules that naturally inhibit “oxidation” of other molecules. When oxidation occurs, the result is known as "oxidative stress" and this ultimately results in free radicals that can damage cells. Free radicals are believed to result in cancer, inflammation, coronary artery disorders, and many other conditions.
An excellent diet can help slow or stop free radicals and antioxidants help guard against this chemical reaction.
Raw honey can help protect cells from oxidative stress as it naturally contains many antioxidants (including polyphenols, phenolic acids, flavonoids and more).
Treating Burns and Wounds with Raw Honey
Raw honey, like K9 Honey, is fast becoming the preferred way to treat burns and guard against infection.
Many studies have been done on the healing power of raw honey, largely because it's naturally anti-bacterial (which helps prevent infection), has anti-inflammatory qualities (which helps soothe these painful injuries), has a very low pH (which makes it difficult for bacteria to grow), and is considered to be a humectant (which means it attracts and preserves moisture).
Honey also creates its own special form of hydrogen peroxide. This helps prevent infection and protect the wound.
A recent study showed how a raw honey wound dressing compared to Silver Sulfadiazene Dressing (SSD). The results showed that, “...honey dressings make the wounds sterile in less time, enhance healing, and have a better outcome in terms of hypertropic scars and postburn contractures, as compared to SSD dressings”.
More and more veterinarians are using raw honey on their patients. As antibiotic-resistant infections are becoming the norm in hospital settings, many veterinarians are turning to natural solutions. Merck Veterinary Manual even lists raw honey as one of the best natural dressings for wound care.
Honey has also been used for wound dressings over the centuries. Honey’s beneficial effects are thought to be a result of hydrogen peroxide production from activity of the glucose oxidase enzyme. The low pH of honey also may accelerate healing. Honey used for wound healing must be unpasteurized, and the source of the honey appears to be a factor in its effectiveness. Manuka honey may be the best option for wound care. The contact layer wound dressings should be soaked in honey before application. The bandage should be changed daily or more frequently as needed. (Merck Veterinary Manual, "Initial Wound Management")
Raw honey is now playing a role in official studies as a way to protect pets from staph bacteria infections like Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE).
Raw Honey for Dogs who Compete in Sports
If you are fortunate enough to have a competitive dog, K9 Honey can go a long way towards helping your pet stay healthy and performing at their peak levels. Honey consists of simple sugars, which are more easily absorbed by the body than complex sugars.
Not only can raw honey help build immunity while you're traveling to and from competitions, it can also improve your dog’s energy levels. Studies show that honey slowly raises glucose levels, without that “sugar crash” or "carb crash".
No matter your situation, you owe it to your best four-legged friend to take a look at raw honey - the possible health benefits your dog will gain makes K9 Honey superior to traditional treats.
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