Honey is a great substitute for sugar and healthy food for humans. It has a lot of proven medical properties and is recommended by medical professionals. But is it safe for dogs? Can dogs eat honey?
If you look around the web, you’ll see lots of articles saying that honey has a lot of benefits for dogs as well. However, none of these are medically proven. In fact, it is still unsure whether honey provides any health benefits for dogs.
But let’s dig a little deeper and see whether or not you should feed your dog honey.
Can Dogs Eat Honey?
In small quantities, honey is safe to feed for your dogs. But it’s highly recommended you stick to just small quantities.
While honey is not toxic for your beloved fur babies, it still contains high sugar content which can lead to obesity if given in high amounts.
Additionally, too much honey can also cause tooth decay for dogs. Dogs with pre-existing medical conditions and compromised immune systems should not be fed honey, too. They may be exposed to botulism spores.
While a lot claims that honey can help cure allergies, reduce inflammation, soothe stomachaches and stomach ulcers for a dog, the scientific studies behind these claims are still inconclusive.
Regardless, feeding your dog a small amount of honey to try and help with allergies won’t do any harm as long as it is given in small quantities. And if it does work, then hey, that’s all too good for you and your pup!
Occasionally, coating treats with a little bit of honey won’t hurt. As always, it is best to talk with your veterinarian about how much honey you can give your dog.
As a rule, it is always best to keep it minimal. If your dog accidentally found its way to your honeypot and consumed large quantities, it is best to give your vet a call as soon as possible.
Especially if your dog has a health condition such as diabetes as this may cause further health issues down the road.
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This article is part of our special series of articles about “What Human Foods Can Dogs Eat?”
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