Honey has been used throughout
history for medicinal purposes, notably for its antibacterial and
immunomodulatory effects.(Viuda-Martos, Ruiz-Navajas, Fernandez-Lopez,
& Perez-Alvarez, 2008) When consumed, particles leftover from the
pollination process are introduced to the body's immune system, which then
modifies itself so that it may better fight allergens associated with pollen.
By giving your little buddy raw honey, you're helping reduce their symptoms
from seasonal allergies by boosting their immunity!
But that's not all! As previously mentioned, honey has natural antibacterial properties as well. When used in a study to help cure dogs of otitis externa, an infection of the outer ear canal, 70% of dogs achieved a clinical cure status within 14 days, followed by over 90% in 21 days. (Maruhashi, Braz, Nunes, Pomba, Belas, Duarte-Correia, & Lourenço, 2016) While we are not saying honey is a replacement for proper antibiotics when your pup is sick, it could be helpful in preventing them from getting sick. In fact, studies on mice have shown that simply replacing sugar in common food recipes with honey can help stop the harmful impact of mycotoxins and improve the bacterial ecosystem in the gut! (El-Arab, Girgis, Hegazy, & El-Khalek, 2006)
El-Arab, A. M., Girgis, S. M., Hegazy, E. M., & El-Khalek, A.B. (2006, March 14). Effect of dietary honey on intestinal microflora and toxicity of mycotoxins in mice. Retrieved March 6, 2017, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1431562/
Maruhashi, E., Braz, B., Nunes,
T., Pomba, C., Belas, A., Duarte-Correia, J., & Lourenço, A. (2016, April
27). Efficacy of medical grade honey in the management of canine otitis externa
- a pilot study. Retrieved June 4, 2016, from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26929137
Viuda-Martos, M., Ruiz-Navajas, Y., Fernandez-Lopez, J., & Perez-Alvarez, J. (2008, November). Functional properties of honey, propolis, and royal jelly. Retrieved June 4, 2016, from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19021816