The short answer: Yes, but in limited quantities.
The long answer: Honey is filled with so many nutrients that will improve your dog’s well-being. Thanks to the pollen grains it contains, honey can help alleviate environmental allergies your dog may have. It can also combat gastrointestinal diseases, balancing out the natural bacterial flora of your dog’s digestive system, or soothe a stomach irritation. Plus, it can improve mobility and boost his energy in an all-natural way!
Stick to raw honey to reap the maximum benefits of this naturally sweet treat. Processed honey contains less antioxidants and more artificial ingredients that would not be ideal for your pet. It is not advisable to feed honey to a dog that is obese or diabetic because of its high sugar content. A puppy less than one year old or a dog that has a compromised immune system should also not eat honey because it might contain botulism spores which could be lethal for him.
How to feed honey to your dog: Serving your dog honey occasionally and not more than one teaspoon at a time is the ideal way to treat your dog.
Tooth decay is something to be wary of, so always brush your dog’s teeth after he consumes anything with honey in it.
Here are three ideas for honey treats your dog will love:
- All-natural honey, oats, milk, and whole wheat flour are all your need to make these dog treats.
- Does your pup have a bad cough? Soothe his throat by giving him a teaspoon or tablespoon of honey or mix it with warm water in a bowl.
- Honey-glazed chicken breast, potatoes, and zucchini are the perfect ingredients for a dog barbecue!
In summary: Provide your dog with an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and energy-boosting treat in the form of pure, unprocessed honey. It is filled with antioxidants, vitamins (B complex, C, D, E, and K), and minerals (zinc, iron, and manganese, to name a few) that will help keep your pooch strong and healthy.