Benefits of Honey for Dogs

While K9 Honey for Dogs is intended to be used as a treat or food topper, raw honey has long been studied for it’s many health benefits. The authors of Canine Nutrigenomics: The New Science of Feeding Your Dog for Optimum Health write, "Bee products - raw honey, pollen, propolis and royal jelly - are functional superfood that contain a wide variety of health benefits for dogs." [1]

Here is a short list of the many ways that raw honey has been used to assist pets around the world:

Kennel Cough

Just as raw honey provides relief to humans suffering from a cough or cold, it may also help your dog find relief from the dry, unproductive cough caused by bordetella. [2]

 



Wound Care

Veterinarians have recognized the value of raw honey for wound care in shortening treatment time and improving healing. Honey's acidity or pH is low enough to hinder or even prevent the growth of many types of bacteria. Also, an enzyme in honey produces hydrogen peroxide which is an antibacterial agent. It has been shown that honey reduces inflammation and soothes the pain of wounds and burns.

A number of studies have been performed on dogs and the research is so promising it’s being used in treating humans as well. Read these studies and articles from nutritionists, veterinarians and scientists to learn how raw honey may decrease healing time.

“The use of honey in the management of wounds enhances healing and eliminates invading bacteria without the use of systemic antibiotics. Honey also decreases inflammatory edema. Thus the use of honey can be an effective and economical approach to managing large wounds.” [3]

“Honey has a high glucose content, which bacteria use instead of amino acids, resulting in lactic acid production, in place of malodorous compounds from amino acids. This action deodorizes the wound—typically overnight. Honey also decreases edema, accelerates sloughing of necrotic tissues, promotes granulation and provides a protective protein layer over the wound.” [4] [5]

Arthritis Relief

Some dog owners have found additional health benefits to feeding raw honey to their dogs, including improved mobility in arthritic dogs. In addition, dogs consuming raw honey appear to exhibit higher energy levels, a reduction in stress and improved digestion. [6]

Reduced Allergy Symptoms

If your dog has been prone to chronic ear infections, itchy paws and other allergy symptoms, your dog may benefit from a daily spoonful of raw honey. Not only will your pet enjoy the daily treat, he may experience relief from the allergy symptoms that plague him. [7]

Burns

There are numerous studies done that have shown the superior efficacy of honey in treatment of burn wounds. Honey has a pH that is low enough to hinder and even prevent the growth of many types of bacteria, and also contains an enzyme that is an effective and proven antibacterial agent. In fact, some studies indicate that raw honey is better at reducing inflammation, soothing burns, and healing wounds than many modern treatments. [8] [9]

 
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Digestive Aid

If your dog is plagued with bouts of indigestion, diarrhea, or constipation, raw honey is certainly worth trying. Most dogs appear to respond well to a teaspoon of honey in their food each day, reducing (and in some cases, eliminating) the recurrence of digestive problems including diarrhea, constipation, flatulence and other digestive disorders. [10]

Natural Energy Source

Just like people, dogs benefit from the slow metabolic release of sugars that raw honey provides. Honey sugars are mostly glucose and fructose, which are simple sugars, or monosaccharides. These sugars are more easily assimilated than the complex disaccharides and polysaccharides you'll find in processed sugar. [11]

Kennel Cough

For humans, a teaspoon of honey when they have a terrible cough can provide instant relief. One of the greatest health benefits of honey for dogs is that it does the same thing for adult dogs who are unlucky enough to get kennel cough. [12]

Chronic Ear Infections

Raw honey has proven useful and nutritious for dogs. [13]

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