Can Dogs Eat Honey?
Yes, adult dogs can have honey in moderation.
Beloved by humans for its sweet flavor, honey is a delicious and sticky sweetener that can be used in beverages, desserts, and more. The good news is if your pup happens to get in some, no need to fret; honey is non-toxic to dogs.
Raw honey is believed by many to provide many health benefits to both people and pets. It is said that the liquid gold had anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties, can reduce inflammation, soothe sore throats, and cure allergies. Honey is also naturally rich in minerals like calcium, potassium, manganese as well as vitamins A, B-complex, C, D, and E.
Dogs love the taste of raw honey – and it’s fine to share a taste of it as an occasional treat. Honey also soothes sore throats just as it does in humans, which can be beneficial for upper respiratory infections and kennel cough. Keep in mind that this is not a necessary addition to your pup’s diet.
Young puppies (3 months old or less) and dogs with compromised immune systems should not eat raw honey because it might contain the presence of botulism spores. However, this is not anything to worry about for healthy adult dogs.
Despite being natural, honey is very high in sugar and should not be consumed in large quantities. A small amount here and there is safe, but regular consumption can lead to obesity. Additionally, too much honey at once can cause your dog’s blood sugar to rise and could result in vomiting or diarrhea. Eating sweets promotes tooth decay, so it’s a good idea to regularly brush your dog’s teeth, especially after eating honey.
If you want to give your dog this sweet treat, consult your veterinarian first about how much is okay to feed your pup. Additionally, if your dog is obese or has a health condition (especially one like diabetes), make sure to ask whether or not honey is safe to feed your dog.
Curious about what is okay (and not so okay) for your dog to munch on? Check out our other articles on what human foods are safe for dogs.