Do you want some HONEY?!”
Whenever I send out that call in my apartment, Hefner, my 12-year-old pug/beagle mix, and Charlie, my 10-year-old border collie mix, race from wherever they are to the kitchen, waiting quite impatiently for their turns to lick the sweetness from a tea spoon.
In moderation, honey is good for dogs. It can give them some of the same benefits that humans also receive, like easing seasonal allergy symptoms with its natural antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Research has also shown that honey can help with kennel cough, minor topical skin wounds, gastrointestinal upset, and low energy. But remember, it’s always wise to check with your vet about any medical concerns you have with your pets.
As a pug mix, Hefner has some unique issues, like many dogs with shortened palates. The first time he exhibited the “reverse sneeze,” I thought Hefner was having a doggie asthma attack, inhaling shakily over and over again like he was struggling to breathe through what sounded like a stopped-up nose. Through some research, I learned the “reverse sneeze” is where dogs snort air through their noses to expel an irritation in their nasal passages or throat. Hefner also being half-beagle, he spends a lot of time with his nose to the ground and probably regularly inhales all sorts of irritants. Charlie, with a longer collie-like nose, still occasionally has issues with the reverse sneeze, and both dogs exhibit signs of skin irritation in certain seasons.
I discovered that giving both dogs honey helped soothe their throats and decrease the instances of reverse sneezing, especially when the pollen count is high and nature’s nasal irritants abound. Giving them a small spoonful of honey each day seems to make everything smoother-going in their digestive and respiratory systems. Since honey is naturally antibacterial, it also helps their immune systems fight off germs they come into contact with. When I give them honey, I also notice a decrease in licking paws and gnawing on itchy skin spots.
A Word of Caution
That said, I don’t give my dogs more than about a teaspoon of honey a day. My dogs are considered “elderly” now, and I am careful what I feed them, as they’re at higher risk for developing different health conditions. Honey is sugar, and sugar is not a natural part of a dog’s diet, so no matter the age, you shouldn’t give your dog too much. The amount of honey a dog can eat really depends on its size, so check with your vet. Too much honey can cause some of the same problems as excess sugar does in humans, like weight gain and tooth decay. Also, always check with your vet before giving honey to diabetic or already-obese dogs, as it can exacerbate those conditions. Puppies under the age of one year and dogs with cancer or otherwise compromised immune systems shouldn’t have honey due to the risk of botulism poisoning.
It is important to note the quality of the honey you’re giving your dogs. You want to make sure they’re getting 100% pure, unpasteurized honey, without any added fillers like high fructose corn syrup. All of Savannah Bee’s honeys are unpasteurized, and many of them are raw, which makes them perfect for dog consumption. I give mine the local Savannah wildflower honey, since we live here in Savannah.
Biscuits ‘n’ Honey
Honey isn’t the only product on our shelves (both in the store and online) that you can give dogs! Savannah Bee Company also carries Oliver Bentleys Dog Biscuits, made locally in small batches with Savannah Bee honey. They contain only premium, nutritious, wholesome ingredients like organic oat flour, honey, organic rolled oats, organic ginger powder, molasses, organic coconut oil, applesauce, and eggs, and they’re free of wheat, corn, and soy. Each 8oz bag is guaranteed to contain a minimum of 12% crude protein and 11% crude fat, and a maximum of 1% crude fiber and 7% moisture. The crunchy treats are actually human-grade, and I’ve taken a nibble myself—they’re pretty tasty!
Now’s the time to sweeten up your dog’s diet! Help your dog celebrate Paw-gust, Pup-tember, Bark-tober, and the rest of the year with some great Savannah Bee Company honey and Oliver Bentley dog treats!
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