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Can Dogs Eat Honey?

By Colleen Williams
August 10, 2018 • 2 min. read
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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.

Benefits of honey

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.

Hazards of honey

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. Maintain dog medical insurance on your pets, so you’ll be able to get treatment for any kind of stomach upset.  

If you’re not sure what to share, Healthy Paws has a great list of foods that are safe and not safe for dogs.

The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical diagnosis, condition, or treatment options.

colleen williams
By Colleen Williams

Over the past decade, Colleen has written about health, wellness, beauty, and even pets for The New York Times, The Cut, Refinery29, xoVain, Healthy Paws Pet Insurance, and Seattle Met Magazine, as well as many beauty brands. She has a BFA in Art History from the University of New Mexico and an AAS in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design in New York.

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