Wound and Burn Care
Honey is well known for its anitibacterial benefits in wound care, as well as shortening treatment time and improving healing. Honey's pH is low enough to prevent the growth of many types of bacteria. Honey also aids in reducing inflammation and helping to soothe the pain of wounds and burns. A number of studies have been performed on dogs and the research is so promising it’s being used in treating humans as well.
Kennel Cough Relief
For humans, a teaspoon of honey when you have a terrible cough can provide instant relief. One of the greatest health benefits of honey is that it does the same thing for adult dogs who are suffering from the dry, unproductive cough caused by infectious tracheobronchitis, otherwise known as Kennel cough.
Some dog owners have found additional health benefits to feeding honey to their dogs, including improved mobility in arthritic dogs. In addition, honey is said to increase the absorption of calcium consumed at the same time and help reduce arthritic pain.
Reduced Allergy Symptoms
If your dog has been prone to chronic ear infections, itchy paws and other allergy symptoms, your dog may benefit from a daily spoonful of raw honey. Not only will your pet enjoy the daily treat, but they may experience relief from the allergy symptoms that they are suffering from.
If your dog is plagued with bouts of indigestion, diarrhea, or constipation, raw honey is certainly worth trying. Most dogs appear to respond well to a teaspoon of honey in their food each day, reducing (and in some cases, eliminating) the recurrence of digestive problems.
Natural Energy Source
Just like people, dogs benefit from the slow metabolic release of sugars that raw honey provides. Honey sugars are mostly glucose and fructose, which are simple sugars, or monosaccharides. These sugars are more easily assimilated than the complex disaccharides and polysaccharides you'll find in processed sugar. While honey is a great natural energy source for most dogs, it is not recommended for diabetic or overweight dogs.