Can Dogs Eat Honey?
Yes, 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.
The sweet taste of honey comes from the amount of sugar that is within it, so feeding your dog more than one-teaspoon of raw honey a day can impact their health negatively. It is also recommended to avoid giving honey to young puppies until they are about 3 months old due to possible anaerobic bacteria spores which can transmit botulism (mature dogs can handle ingesting spores simply due to their developed immune and digestive systems).
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 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.