Dogs And Honey—Are They A Good Match?

Honey, or to those who indulge in its sweet decadence—nectar of the gods.  A delicious natural sweetener that many love and enjoy.  But, one has to wonder—is honey safe for your furry companion?

We have all seen the iconic bear-shaped bottle on the condiments aisle that beckons to your very soul.  Made by bees and mother nature, honey is not only an all-natural sweetener, but it also serves to boast an array of medicinal properties in humans.

Honey also offers a whole list of vitamins and minerals that do a human body good—including zinc, iron, calcium, potassium, manganese, and magnesium.  Honey also offers those essential vitamins, including Vitamin B complex and Vitamin C, D, E, and K.

As you can see, honey is an excellent addition to our diet.  However, is honey safe to allow our furry companions to indulge in?  The answer is a resounding YES!

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The thing to remember is that when giving honey to your furry one, it is best to practice moderation.  Small amounts, spread out over time, may even prove to as beneficial to your companion as it is to you.

With all of this said, it is essential to remember that raw honey is not to be given to puppies—only provide this sweet treat to adult dogs.

The reason is that honey is known to contain Botulism spores, and as such, puppies and those pets with a compromised immune system should steer clear.  Though rare in occurrence, Botulism is a severe and life-threatening ailment and in dogs can cause paralysis or even death.

Adult dogs should be okay with being fed honey, as they have a fully developed and robust immune system in place, which allows them to handle any exposure to the spores that cause Botulism.