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Feeding Honey to Dogs

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Honey has been admired for its health benefits to both people and pets for many years and the world recognize it for its healing properties. Raw honey contains vitamin B6, vitamin B12, folic acid, and vitamins C, D and E. Also contains calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese! Honey is a good source of anti-oxidants and the live enzymes found in it make it antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic and antifungal, and is believed to contain anti-cancer properties.

  • Addition of honey to a dog's day can help increase healthy levels of energy and can even energize older dogs. One tablespoon a day is ideal for large dogs and one teaspoon a day is ideal for small dogs.

  • Honey is an excellent digestive aid since it contains live enzymes eg. amylase - enzyme which facilitates the proper digestion of carbohydrates.

  • Honey is very soothing for the digestive system and can help tonify the body, also benefit dogs with gastrointestinal problems due to its antibacterial properties.

  • Raw honey can benefit dogs suffering from gastritis, IBD, colitis and other GI issues resulting from an overgrowth of bacteria.

Regardless of the lack of conclusive scientific studies validating these claims, feeding your dog a small amount of honey won’t harm him, even if it is not guaranteed or even likely to help. At the very least, it will give your dog a tasty distraction.

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