Raw honey has been known for its healing benefits and therapeutic results in humans for hundreds of years. Like many human trends, the use of raw honey for dogs is becoming more popular not only among the holistic crowd but also by the everyday pet parent.
The Benefits of Raw Honey
Raw honey not only tastes wonderful, it is a powerhouse of goodness for your dog:
- An excellent source of flavonoids, compounds found in plants associated with reducing the risk of a variety of diseases
- Believed to contain anti-cancer properties
- Rich in vitamins B6, B12, C, D and E
- Loaded with the minerals calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and manganese
- Contains folic acid which helps the body produce and maintain new cells, especially red blood cells
- A good source of antioxidants
- Live enzymes to provide antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic and antifungal properties
Dogs that suffer from environmental allergies can greatly benefit from consuming raw, local honey on a daily basis. This honey contains small amounts of pollen in your area. When you expose your dog to small amounts of the substance causing your dog’s allergic reaction, this can help your dog develop an immunity to the allergens over time. You’ll want to be sure you’re using local raw honey to ensure you’re introducing the same pollens causing the allergic reaction specific to your dog. Feed large dogs one tablespoon per day and small dogs one teaspoon per day.
Raw honey is also an excellent digestive aid due to the enzymes and amylase it contains. Amylase is an enzyme that facilitates the proper digestion of carbohydrates, and honey is very soothing for the digestive system.
Because of its antibacterial properties, honey can benefit dogs with gastrointestinal problems – gastritis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), colitis and other GI issues resulting from the overgrowth of bacteria.
Sugar Content Concerns
For those concerned about the high sugar content in honey, it is night and day from processed sugar. Honey is easily digested and breaks down slowly from a natural form of sugar. The addition of honey can help increase your dog’s energy level.
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