Did you know that there are certain foods that dogs can eat that actually help soothe their seasonal allergies? We’ve all heard of dogs staying away from certain foods because they can either worsen their allergies or induce allergies. But some foods are actually known to be considered super-foods and have healing properties that counter health ailments, like seasonal allergies.
Manuka honey is one of these fantastic remedies that you can buy online or at the store and keep in your home to use at any time. Humans benefit from manuka honey as well. When you are sick, it’s great to take a spoonful of manuka or melt some down into tea and watch the healing properties take affect.
What is manuka honey, you may ask? And what’s thought to make it beneficial? Manuka honey is a honey nectar that is produced from bees pollinating the manuka tree/bush in New Zealand. It is used all around the world as alternative medicine and is believed to have many healing powers. It has antibacterial components and is great when used on the skin for burns, ulcers, and wound care. Much of its healing properties is owed to the pollen count that is in the honey. Bee pollen is also known to be a super-food. It has amino acids, vitamins, carbs, minerals, and enzymes that are all crucial to health. Since manuka honey is antibacterial, it is thought to also reduce sinus and ear infections. More studies need to be completed, but manuka is also believed to reduce inflammation, control diabetes, reduce cholesterol, and aid in preventing cancer.
Manuka Honey for Dog Allergies
So how does manuka honey help with my dog’s allergies? It is thought that the honey contains components that act as natural antihistamines. Antihistamines block histamines which are released in the body when it is having an allergic reaction to something. When your dog is exposed to mold, pollen, dust, or any allergen, their body reacts to it as an invader. When the body reacts, it shows signs of itching, sneezing, watering eyes and more. The honey’s antihistamines helps prevent the body’s reaction to these allergens.
How Much Manuka Honey can you Give to Your Dog?
First, as always recommended, if you decide to give your dog manuka honey, please consult with your vet first. Second, the serving size depends on the size of your dog. You’ll never want to give your dog more than a teaspoon a day. Honey naturally has a lot of sugar and dogs aren’t meant to eat sugar. Too much sugar can cause obesity, diabetes, tooth decay, and other problems. That’s why you should only feed your dog honey if you are using it for medicinal purposes, not just because your dog likes the tastes. Start with 1/8 teaspoon. Monitor your dog after consuming it to make sure there is no negative reaction. If your dog is fine, do the same dose at night. Larger dogs can start with 1/2 teaspoon and then another dose at night. Again, never to exceed 1 teaspoon. A dog that is around 10 pounds will want to stick with the 1/8 teaspoon x 2 per day dosage. Consult your vet as they may recommend a different dosage. You should have no trouble getting your dog to consume the honey. It’s yummy and sweet, they will like it!
TIP: You’ll want to get raw, organic manuka honey to ensure the honey has more pure and potent healing properties. Unfortunately, it’s not safe to feed your puppy this honey or any dog whose immune system is compromised. Raw honey is unpasteurized which means it may contain butolism spores. This is a type of bacteria that may be difficult to fight off. It is extremely rare, but you’d rather be safe than sorry.
Written June 13th, 2018