Many pet owners probably aren’t aware of how honey has helped dogs with all sorts of issues including allergies, infections, kennel cough, digestion, wounds including burns, hot spots and pressure sores.

A few things that make honey so special is that it is naturally high in enzymes, high in antioxidants and flavonoids, and it kills anti-resistant bacteria including MRSA.

Here you’ll find the best type of honey to use, based upon your dog’s specific problem. It also gives clear directions on how to use it for your old friend.

THE QUALITY OF THE HONEY MATTERS: Tests show that most supermarket grade “A” processed honey is diluted with cheap products such as high fructose corn syrup, been heated and quickly cooled giving it a smoother look inside the bottle.  What this means is, it is useless as far as any benefits go.  In order for your dog to receive any benefits from honey, it MUST be either local, fresh honey or Manuka.

*Avoid feeding diabetic dogs and dogs with cancer honey without first discussing with your holistic veterinarian.

1. Using Honey for Your Dog’s Allergies

Like us, many dogs too suffer from environmental allergies. Spring, summer and fall can trigger these sensitivities in dogs with symptoms such as rubbing the face, licking feet and thighs and scratching.

However, it’s important to make sure that you’re not confusing what you think are environmental allergies and your dog’s real problem is a food allergy (or both).  To learn more about food allergies, click here.

Follow the guidelines below for using honey for a dog with allergies:

  • What type of honey to use: Make sure your purchase local raw, unfiltered honey, or better yet, purchase local raw wild flower honey.  The wild flower honey will give your dog the best results because it covers so many different plants and flowers. This can often be purchased from bee farms.  Avoid Manuka honey when using for allergies since you need a local, raw honey.
  • Directions: 1 Tablespoon of raw wildflower local honey twice daily for large dogs such as labs. Use this as a guide and adjust according to the size of your dog. You must do this daily or the allergy symptoms will reappear.

2. Using Honey as A Wound Dressing for Burns, Infections, Hot Spots & Pressure Sores for Dogs

  • What type of honey to use: The best honey to use for burns, infections and pressure sores is pure Manuka Honey.  Clinical trials show that applying honey as a wound dressing eliminates bacterial infections, reduces inflammation, swelling and pain, and increases the growth of new skin.  It seals and keeps the area moist (including skin grafts) while protecting from sticking to bandages.
  • Directions for burns:  Trim the hair around the burn.  You’ll want to wash the burned area with vinegar and apply a thick coat of honey every 10 minutes until the pain decreases. Apply a LIGHT bandage over the area. Don’t allow your dog to lick or bother the area. A Elizabethan collar might be necessary for awhile.
  • Directions for pressure sores: Trim the hair around the area.  Gently blot to clean the wound. You can apply the honey directly by very gently placing a little honey over the wound with a clean spatula. Cover with a non-stick pad and wrap with gauze (not too tight).  You can also apply the honey directly to the non-stick pad and then wrap with gauze to keep in place.
  • Directions for hot spots: You MUST trim or shave the hair surrounding the hot spot until you can see healthy skin .  If not, all the bacteria, pus and infection become trapped within the hair.  It’s also critical that you clean the area before applying the honey.  You can use Povidone Iodine that most pharmacy’s or even supermarkets carry.  Dilute a little of the Povidone Iodine with water to an ice tea color.  Then use soft gauze to gently blot and clean the hot spot. Do this a minimum of twice daily. Apply a light layer of Manuka honey to your dog’s hot spot. Do the process of cleaning and applying the Manuka honey a minimum of twice daily.  If the hot spot grows instead of getting smaller, seek veterinary care immediately.

Precaution: When using honey as a wound dressing, it’s very important to use Manuka Honey  in liquid form, which means it should be soft and pour easily. Do not use crystallized honey on a burn or open wound! The crystals are sharp and can cause even more pain to your dog’s open wound.

How to soften crystallized or hard honey: Place the jar in a pot of very hot water (don’t microwave) until it can easily be poured.  Cool before placing on your pet.

3. Honey for Kennel Cough

  • What type of honey to use: Manuka honey is needed for dogs with symptoms of Kennel Cough.
  • Directions: Feed 1/2 up to 1 teaspoon depending on your dog’s weight.  Administer 4 times daily.

4. Honey for Your Dog’s Digestion

  • What type of honey to use: Again, Manuka honey works best for digestive issues.
  • Directions: Large dogs 1 tablespoon a day, medium dogs 2 teaspoons a day, small dogs 1 teaspoon a day.

5. Honey May Boost Your Old Dog’s Energy Level

Honey is a natural source of carbohydrates which increases energy.

  • What type of honey to use: You can use either Manuka or a local honey when it comes to boosting energy.
  • Directions: Large dogs 1 tablespoon a day, medium dogs 2 teaspoons a day, small dogs 1 teaspoon a day.

As you can see, honey offers some amazing benefits for dogs.  If you need to search out raw local honey for your dog’s allergies, this page may help.

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  • Larry
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    My 14 year old Chihuahua had dental surgery last year in July, 2 -3 weeks later he started coughing a lot. I took him back to the vet for check up and was told he had a collapsed Trachea? I mentioned I had read several articles about dogs developing a collapsed Trachea from dental surgery, but she didn’t touch on the subject. My dog had NEVER coughed before the procedure! I refused to put him on steroids and other pills that would just make him sleepy and out of it!!! Will wildflower honey really help with my dogs cough? I’ve also purchased some Chinese herbal products made for the collasped trachea but its very expensive. Any advice would be appreciated.

    • janie
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      Hi Larry:

      I’m sorry to hear about your little guy. Thanks so much for sharing your story about how dental surgery caused your him to develop a collapsed trachea.

      I would definitely try the honey, lemon warm water syrup to see if it works for him. It can’t hurt. I would definitely look into colloidal silver as well. We use it for a dog with Laryngeal Paralysis and it really has helped.

      I hope this helps Larry!

      Janie

  • vanessa
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    My 11 month old has ate something or multiple somethings that are causing her not to eat or drink anything. we took her to the vet and had xrays and 3 bags of fluid and xrays again they are thinking she should be able to pass whatever she ate but they want us to keep bringing her in for fluids $$$ My mom told be to give her honey and i found your sight. how much do you recommend for digestion to help get things moving? i have been able to syring feed her water and food and she has kept it down not i just need to get it out the other end. If no change i will take her back tomorrow.

    • janie
      Reply

      Did they do x-rays for an obstruction Vanessa?

      Janie

  • Thomas Hall
    Reply

    Hi There, you site is very interesting on how to treat dogs using Manuka Honey, my Labradoddle was resently diagnosed with Laryngeal paralysis the vet prescribed a course of Prednicare Steroids 5mg daily is this treatment effective?
    I have read the side effects that these steroids can course, as of yet I have not used them instead I went and brought a jar of Manuka honey 20+ this morning and gave her a tablespoonful to see how she goes, she did collapse in the street about two months ago I thought she was dead I pulled her up by her harness and shook her luckily she came round. I read on your web information that you treat dogs with this decease with Colloidal Silver is this treatment effective?
    also what about giving my natural goats milk or goats yogurt which contains natural steroid? I await your reply thank you Tom

    • janie
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      Hi Tom:

      Sorry for the delay. I’m also sorry to hear about your old girl’s LP. Not sure if you seen our article on LP, but you can view it here.

      I actually have a dog that comes to visit with me often (a chocolate lab) and she too has LP. The Manuka Honey isn’t going to hurt, but I’m not sure how much it will really help. My recommendations are as follows and what we do for Boo who is doing great.

      Provide Accupuncture once weekly for 5 weeks and then taper down to whatever your holistic vet (if you don’t have a holistic vet, please find one) recommends. Feed a home made diet or a partial home made that could include a good food such as Dr. Harveys or The Honest Kitchen and include meat, eggs and low sugar, low carb veggies.

      Talk to your holistic vet about the Chinese herb called ER Chen Tang which helps Boo, or you can purchase it online. Here’s a link so that you can review it.

      However, I DO HIGHLY RECOMMEND spraying her throat with Colloidal Silver on a daily basis. We do this for Boo and have seen great results. Whatever you do, PLEASE INCLUDE THE ACUPUNCTURE BECAUSE IT HELPS TREMENDOUSLY! All of the above should be done.

      I hope this helps you Thomas.

      Janie
      YourOldDog.com

  • Martha Rivera
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    Hello…. my 13 year old 4 pound Yorkie was diagnosed with collapsed trechea…. it attackes him more at night specially after drinking water! He gets up atleast 4 times at night to drink water then he starts gagging coughing and choking!!! It is also attaching him early mornings too! What king of honey should I give him? How many times a day??? Please reply, feeling desperate…… Martha Rivera

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