I have a wicked bad sweet tooth. Fortunately my pack does not share my addiction. Well, except for Daisy. That gal loves her sweets too! I guess that contributed to her shelter name, Honey.
These past few months we have been testing a dog specific product known as K9 Honey. I’m afraid I have been eating just as much of it as I have feed the pups. We all LOVE it! I have always added honey here and there to the pups’ food but after digging a little deeper Raw Honey will now be a regular part of their diet. And mine!
Raw honey is honey that is extracted straight from the comb and has nothing added to it. It has not been heated, treated or pasteurized. With raw honey you get all of the medicinal properties nature intended. If you can, try to find a local, reputable bee keeper so that you know you are getting a good product. You can also buy from your local health food store or online from companies such as K9 Honey. K9 Honey – Honey for Dogs blends bee pollen from nine geographical regions across the United States. This makes it a great option for those who travel with dogs with allergy issues exposing their dogs to a wide variety of pollen rather than just a localized set.
Raw Honey contains antioxidants, protein, carbohydrates, iron, copper, manganese, silica, chlorine, calcium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, aluminum and magnesium. It also contains powerful nutrients such as vitamin B complex and vitamins A, C, D, E and K! Processed honey has been heated a process which kills off the health giving enzymes that raw honey contains, so be sure to reach for the pure stuff over the cheaper alternative. On top of all of these benefits, raw honey also possesses antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
Have I convinced you yet?
For thousands of years raw honey has been used as a natural remedy to help cure a whole slew of maladies. It can help:
- Relieve allergy symptoms. Just like us, many of our dogs suffer from environmental allergies. Raw honey contains traces of pollen. Feeding your dog small amounts of local pollen each week allows her system to develop an immunity over time. Although this is not a complete cure for your dog’s allergy, it has been shown to reduce symptoms.
- Immunity Booster
- Reduce symptoms of kennel cough. Honey has long been known to sooth irritated throats.
- Improve digestive function – think Enzymes! Some veterinarians claim that raw honey can also help sooth stomach ulcers since it contains antibacterial properties. Thus it can help kill the bacteria causing the ulcer.
- Prevent infection and cell damage
- Increase energy levels – also helps with shock and a great pick me up when sick. Honey is a sugar. Sugar boosts energy.
- Relieve stress
- Wound healing – Used topically. Clinical trials show that applying honey as a wound dressing can eliminate bacterial infections, reduce inflammation and increase the growth of new skin.
- Improved mobility in arthritic dogs
We add a dollop of raw honey to the pups meals at least once a week. I have noticed it has helped with the big dogs’ allergies. We have had less goopy eyes and less itching since adding the sweet nectar into meals. It seems to be helping with my old lady, Nakia’s joints as well. She absolutely loves the K9 Honey!
Ok, ok you’ve convinced me. So, how much should I add to my dog’s meal?
1/4 tsp per 20 lbs. Some people say to feed daily others weekly. Because I often struggle keeping some of my girls from becoming chunky monkeys I give raw honey once a week.
Honey contains a lot of carbohydrates so you want to be careful feeding too much. Dogs with a compromised immune system or dogs under a year old should not have raw honey. Honey can contain botulism spores and as a caution so should not given to young puppies or dogs who are experiencing any illness.
Special thanks to K9 Honey!