Can dogs eat honey? Or is it dangerous?

Sweet and sticky, but also healthy? Opinions differ on honey and its healing properties, which are promised to it. For adults, the consumption or use of honey is usually not dangerous. But what about your four-legged friend? Can dogs eat honey? Or is it unhealthy for you? Sweet temptation: hardly a dog will scorn a spoon of honey - Shutterstock / Taya Ovod

Not all foods that are good for people are also suitable for your dog - but honey is. Provided your dog is fully grown and healthy and only consumed in moderation and not in bulk due to the high sugar content of honey. So far, however, the healing properties of honey have not been scientifically proven. Therefore, in case of doubt, you should not trust the positive effect alone, but ask your veterinarian for advice.

What are the dangers and risks of honey for dogs?

In isolated cases, honey can cause severe poisoning in infants and even lead to death because the intestinal flora is still developing. It is not yet able to fight off the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which is found in honey. This principle can also be applied to dogs. Do not give honey to puppies and four-legged friends with a weakened immune system.

If you are unsure of yourself, for example because your dog was sick some time ago, it is best to see your veterinarian and ask him for an assessment. Even if your dog has diabetes or is overweight, ask the veterinarian beforehand if you can give the dog honey. In case of doubt, you should rather do without it. In addition, feeding honey in large quantities can lead to tooth decay in the dog.

What honey can dogs eat? And how much?

Especially if you give your dog honey for health reasons or for healing support, you should make sure that you use an untreated natural product. Pure honey has not been filtered before, nor has it been heated or contains additives.

If you want to be on the safe side, it's best to buy the honey directly from the beekeeper or in shops that offer regional products. The Manuka honey produced in New Zealand and Southeast Australia is said to have a special antibacterial and healing effect. However, compared to conventional honey, it is above average expensive and has to travel long distances before it arrives in our home shops. Other types of honey serve the same purpose and can be given to your dog just as well - in moderation.

A teaspoon of honey contains about 60 calories and 17 grams of sugar. Under no circumstances should you give your dog more than a teaspoon of honey a day - preferably less. You can give it the honey straight or mix it with the feed.

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Honey for dogs: areas of application

Honey not only contains vitamins, it is also said to have a healing effect in several areas of application. However, these have not been proven without any problems - so do nothing without consulting your veterinarian beforehand.

● Alleviate allergies: Some dog owners swear that honey can also alleviate your pet's allergies. If the four-legged friend suffers from a pollen allergy, it is said to help give him honey from the region in which the pollen also occurs. So there is a possibility that your dog develops immunity and shows less or no allergy symptoms. However, there is no evidence of this. The principle of hyposensitization to treat allergies is based on this principle - but you should never do this on your own!

Reduce arthritis: Some studies suggest that honey is able to relieve dog arthritis pain.

heal wounds and Combat skin diseases: Honey is said to have a dehydrating effect that dries out wounds faster. This accelerates cell division and stimulates wound healing. For this, your dog does not eat the honey, you just dab a little of it on the wounds or the rash.

● The Stimulate metabolism: Honey contains the starch-degrading enzyme amylase, which can help your dog digest its food better. However, indigestion such as bloating or constipation may indicate that your four-legged friend is intolerant to its food or is sick. As a precaution, therefore, have this symptom clarified by the veterinarian before giving your dog honey.

Does honey also help with kennel cough?

Kennel cough is an infectious dog disease that you should have treated by a veterinarian. Therapy of kennel cough, which you can only do at home with the addition of honey, is absolutely not recommended, as there is no scientific evidence of success. You may be able to relieve your dog's cough a little by adding honey, but a visit to the vet with prior consultation is essential.