Honey is a Super Food
Honey is beneficial for many reasons, including its known antibacterial and antifungal agents. Honey has been used by humans for centuries to help with coughs and colds as well as build immunities and treat local allergens.
Could honey really be beneficial for your dog as well?
The short answer is yes. Raw honey is loaded with vitamins and minerals. Containing vitamin B6, vitamin B12, folic acid, vitamin D, vitamin C, vitamin E, iron, copper, calcium, magnesium, and manganese, honey truly is a super food. Find your source of local raw honey and prepare to build your dog’s immunities and improve their health with disease fighting properties and tasty enzymes giving your dog a fight against bacteria and fungus.
The Amazing Powers of Honey
Local raw honey from your area can boost your dog’s immunities, fight disease, assist with local, seasonal allergies, and more. Honey is sweet to the taste so your dog may want to lick it off a spoon. Otherwise, drizzle honey over their food or mix with peanut butter for a tasty treat.
Raw local honey is made with the aid of your local flowers. Local honey contains pollens which help in building immunities against allergens because bees are using flora near you to produce their honey. If your dog is suffering from seasonal allergies, a spoonful of honey may help to tackle the allergic reactions in your dog’s system. Over time, these allergens may not bother your dog as much because your dog will be exposed to them in small amounts over time, helping develop an immunity.
Digestion and Gastrointestinal Issues
Honey is an excellent digestive aid, containing enzymes commonly used in digestion. Dogs suffering from irritable bowel disease or gastritis can benefit from having honey added to their diets. Honey has antibacterial properties which can help kill harmful gut bacteria and bring a healthier balance to your dog’s digestive system. A regular honey regimen can prevent harmful bacteria from growing in your dog’s digestive system. Keeping that bacteria balanced could prevent future problems as well as aid in healing problematic digestive and bowel issues. Honey also has soothing properties, providing dogs with gastrointestinal ulcers relief as well.
Wound and Burn Care
Because of the antibacterial properties of honey, you can apply honey directly to minor wounds on your dog’s skin. Simply wash the affected area and apply liberally to the skin. For lacerations, keep the honey on the cut or scratch for at least twenty minutes before washing off. As the honey is working its antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antioxidant magic, try to keep your dog from licking the honey off the wound.
For burns, you can apply honey directly to the burn after a gentle vinegar wash. Apply the honey to the burn every ten minutes until your dog appears to be in less pain. When you can gently apply honey to the affected burn area without your dog whining or flinching, wrap or tape the area with gauze while the honey is still over the burn. The honey will soothe the burn as well as offer the healing properties of the super food that is honey.
Fight the Fight with Honey
Honey, especially local honey, is such a well-rounded natural product. It is known to have as much antioxidant power as many fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants from honey can help your dog fight disease and can help with skin problems, lacerations, or wounds. The germ killing properties of honey can also contribute to heal lacerations and keep them from becoming infected. Honey is great for digestion problems your dog may have and for fighting fungal or bacterial infections. Your dog can benefit from the same properties of honey humans enjoy. If your dog is diabetic, you may want to talk to your veterinarian about a safe dosage for your dog.