Honey for dogs, is it good or bad?

Honey for dogs

Most human food can’t be digested properly by dogs and may as well be harmful but that’s not the case for honey. Honey has already been predigested by bees thus not harmful or heavy for dogs to eat. As honey is very beneficial for us humans, it is also very beneficial for dogs. Honey can help with allergies, wounds, burns and even energy levels, let’s explain more.

The benefits of honey externally

  1. Wounds

Dog wounds can easily be treated with honey, all you need to do is clean the wound with a damp cloth and then directly apply honey on the wound and leave it for at least 20 mins or until dried out. The honey dressing will help in eliminating bacterial infections, and reduces pain, swelling and inflammation.

Read more about home remedies for when your dog is not feeling well


  1. Burns

Although burnt skin can be very hard to handle, but by using honey it will heal faster and better. You will first need to cut off the hair surrounding the burnt area and clean it with vinegar them add honey on the burnt skin. Not only does the honey help with the pain but also helps skin grow faster and with no scars.


  1. Hot spots

Works the same way as with burns. Hot spots, also known as acute moist dermatitis, are red, moist, hot and irritated lesions that are typically found on a dog’s head, hip or chest area. Hot spots often grow at an alarming rate within a short period of time because dogs tend to lick, chew and scratch the affected areas, further irritating the skin.


You need to make sure when using honey as a dressing for wounds or burns that it is not crystallized. It needs to be smooth and almost liquid like.


The benefits of honey internally

  1. Allergies and cough

Honey works really well with seasonal allergies. The reason why it helps is because it contains a good amount of pollen that helps desensitize the immune system and thus the body doesn’t react much to the pollen when exposed to it. It also helps relieving cough.

Learn also how chamomile can help your dog with his cough


  1. Digestive and gastrointestinal issues

As it has already been predigested it doesn’t cause any problems to dogs and can help improve digestion to dogs. Read more on the benefits of peppermint for a dog’s stomach pain or problems.


  1. Energy

As honey is a natural source of carbohydrates, it helps increase the energy levels of dogs.

Make sure that if your dog has diabetes that you ask your vet first before using honey.

Allowed quantities

The intake allowed for dogs is one tablespoon for large breeds, two teaspoons for medium breeds and one teaspoon for small breeds.


Written by: Farah Khaled
Sources: Your Old Dog , Natural dog health remedies , Honey Fanatic , Pets.WebMD



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