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The Benefits of Honey for Older Dogs

Updated: Feb 6



Honey is not just a sweet treat for humans. It can also do wonders for our furry friends. When it comes to older dogs, honey is a powerhouse of immune-boosting properties that can help keep them healthy and promote healing. Packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, honey strengthens the immune system by fighting off free radicals and reducing inflammation in the body. This is particularly important for older dogs whose immune systems may be weakened due to age-related factors.


Honey is a nutritious food that contains carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phenolic compounds. These components provide important nutrients that may help maintain overall health and possibly reduce age-related health issues in older dogs. Honey also contains bioactive elements like flavonoids and polyphenols, which have strong antioxidant properties that can fight against oxidative stress. This could potentially slow down the aging process and improve the quality of life for older dogs.


In addition to its anti-inflammatory effects, honey has also been noted for its ability to support joint health through its collagen-building properties. Collagen is essential in maintaining the elasticity and strength of connective tissues such as ligaments and cartilage around joints. By including honey in your older dog's diet, you are providing them with vital nutrients necessary for rebuilding and repairing damaged tissues – ultimately improving their mobility and overall quality of life.




What's more, honey can help older dogs with allergies by improving their immune system and reducing allergic reactions. This can be a good alternative to medications for managing allergies in older dogs. Honey's antimicrobial properties are also being studied as a way to treat respiratory infections in aging dogs.




As if that wasn't enough, certain bioactive components found in honey have shown promising effects on cognitive function by enhancing memory and learning capabilities in aged canines.


All this being said, it is important to note that while honey can be beneficial for older dogs, moderation is key. Excessive amounts of sugar can lead to weight gain or other health issues, such as dental decay.


Furthermore, always opt for raw, unfiltered, organic honey to ensure maximum benefits and eliminate the possibility of purchasing fake honey sold in stores that are comprised of corn, rice, and sugar, which would be bad for your older dog. Also, you should opt for local honey because it contains the local pollen that will benefit your older dog.


The amount of honey a dog can eat depends on their size:


  • Extra-small dogs (2-20 pounds): 1/4 teaspoon

  • Small dogs (21-30 pounds): 1/2 teaspoon

  • Medium dogs (31-50 pounds): 1 teaspoon

  • Large dogs (51-90 pounds): 2 teaspoons

  • Extra-large dogs (91+ pounds): 1 tablespoon


You can feed honey to your dog from a spoon, roll it into a treat-sized ball, or put it on their food.


**** You should avoid giving honey to dogs under one year of age.

***** If you want to give your diabetic dog honey, monitor how it affects their blood glucose very carefully.







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