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Can Dogs Eat Honey? Yes, But…

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Dogs love honey, but can dogs eat honey safely? Honey is sticky, sweet, and something most dogs enjoy. But are there any risks associated with giving your dog honey?

This article answers all those questions and more. We’ll talk about how much honey your dog can safely eat and whether or not it could be harmful to your dog. So keep reading to learn if your pup can safely eat honey or not.

Is It Safe for My Dog to Eat Honey?

Yes, some dogs can eat honey in moderation.

Honey is safe for most dogs to eat. Dogs who are fed a balanced diet and get regular exercise typically do not gain weight, even if they consume a small amount of honey regularly. The concern is that dogs might be fed a deficient calorie diet and then be given honey, which is very high in sugar, and they could consume too many calories.

There are no studies on whether dogs can eat honey safely, but there are no indications that it would cause problems other than being a source of too many calories. It is not known if it could increase bacterial populations in the gut, as it’s suggested to do for humans. Make sure you look up the human foods dogs can eat before giving them any new food.

Are There Any Safety Concerns Feeding Honey to My Dog?

Honey is safe for dogs to eat but only in small amounts. If your dog consumes too much honey, it can lead to health issues such as vomiting, diarrhea, and even botulism. Too much honey can also cause your dog to gain weight and increase their blood sugar levels.

Honey contains sugar and is very high in calories. Of course, too many calories can cause your dog to gain weight. If your dog is on a low-calorie diet, then feeding them honey probably isn’t the best idea as it can cause them to gain weight. Therefore, it is essential to monitor how much honey your dog eats.

How Much Honey Can I feed My Dog?

As we’ve discussed, dogs can eat honey, but feeding your dog too much honey is a risk. Too much of it can cause health issues, and it could also lead to obesity. To avoid these problems, you should only feed your dog a small amount of honey.

The recommended maximum amount of honey you should feed your dog is around two tablespoons per day. Of course, if your dog is on a low-calorie diet, it is even more important to keep the amount of honey to a minimum.

Tips from Our Vets

The following is a list of tips on how to think about what human foods are (and may not be) safe for your dog from Dr. Jennifer Coates’ article on Foods Dogs Can and Cannot Eat.

There are some human foods that dogs can eat safely, as well as some human foods dogs can’t eat.

If you have a dog, you might be used to seeing adorable puppy eyes begging for a bite of, well, anything that you happen to be eating.

While it’s natural to want to share human food with your furry pal, many of the foods we eat are toxic to dogs. Some reasons foods may be harmful to your pup include:

  • Foods that are a problem due to our physiological differences (foods we can handle that a dog’s stomach can’t)
  • Other foods aren’t toxic, but are still potentially dangerous for dogs because they are hard to digest
  • Another category of foods that are a problem for dogs are foods that may contain high levels of fat

Some tips and words of caution if you are feeding your pet human foods:

  • Always keep in mind that new foods of any kind, including switching to a different dog food, can cause stomach upset.
  • When you find a human food you’d like to share with your pup, go slowly. Give small amounts at first and watch for any problems like vomiting or diarrhea before giving more.
  • Remember that treats should make up less than 10% of your dog’s diet. So all of the foods that are safe for your dog should be given in moderation to avoid weight gain and nutrient excesses and deficiencies.

What To Do if Your Dog Eats Something He Shouldn’t

Now that you know what foods are safe for dogs, it’s a good idea to know what to do if your pup eats food that’s toxic to dogs.

If your dog does end up eating something he shouldn’t, try not to panic. You have a few options for getting the help your dog needs:

  • The first is to call your dog’s veterinarian, who can advise you to either come into the office or to watch for signs of poisoning, obstruction, or other potential problems.
  • If it’s after hours, you can try calling an emergency veterinarian.
  • Another option is to call a pet poison control line. Be aware that there is a fee to use these services. Two that we can recommend are the ASPCA Animal Poison Control at (888) 426-4435 and the Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661.

In some cases, you might be told to induce vomiting in your dog. It is helpful to keep hydrogen peroxide on hand in case you need to do this.

Do not induce vomiting unless your veterinarian or someone from one of the pet poison control hotlines advises you to do so, however, because in some cases, vomiting can make the situation worse. [efn_note]Is it ever safe to induce vomiting? November 19, 2019. Accessed April 28, 2021.[/efn_note]

Final Thoughts

Dogs love honey, but can dogs eat honey safely? Yes, it is safe as long as they don’t consume too much of it. Honey contains sugar and is very high in calories, so it’s best to feed it to your dog in small doses – maybe a teaspoon or two a day.

Dogs who are currently on a low-calorie diet should not be fed honey at all. It is vital to keep track of how much honey your dog consumes. If they consume too much, it could lead to health issues such as vomiting, diarrhea, and obesity.

If you’re looking for more information about which human foods are (and aren’t) safe for your dog to eat, check out our series of guides below:

Can Dogs Eat Asparagus? Can Dogs Eat Cantaloupe? Can Dogs Eat Kiwi? Can Dogs Eat Pineapple? Can Dogs Eat Shrimp?
Can Dogs Eat Avocados? Can Dogs Eat Cauliflower? Can Dogs Eat Lettuce? Can Dogs Eat Pistachios? Can Dogs Eat Tuna?
Can Dogs Eat Beans? Can Dogs Eat Celery? Can Dogs Eat Mangoes? Can Dogs Eat Plums? Can Dogs Eat Turkey?
Can Dogs Eat Beets? Can Dogs Eat Cinnamon? Can Dogs Eat Marshmallows? Can Dogs Eat Popcorn? Can Dogs Eat Walnuts?
Can Dogs Eat Bell Peppers? Can Dogs Eat Coconut? Can Dogs Eat Oatmeal? Can Dogs Eat Pork? Can Dogs Eat Watermelon?
Can Dogs Eat Blackberries? Can Dogs Eat Fish? Can Dogs Eat Olives? Can Dogs Eat Radishes? Can Dogs Eat Yogurt?
Can Dogs Eat Blackberries? Can Dogs Eat Green Beans? Can Dogs Eat Peaches? Can Dogs Eat Raspberries? Can Dogs Eat Zucchini?
Can Dogs Eat Broccoli? Can Dogs Eat Ham? Can Dogs Eat Pecans? Can Dogs Eat Raw Chicken? Can Dogs Eat Hot Cheetos?
Can Dogs Eat Brussel Sprouts? Can Dogs Eat Honey? Can Dogs Eat Peppers? Can Dogs Eat Salmon?
Can Dogs Eat Cabbage? Can Dogs Eat Ice Cream? Can Dogs Eat Peppers? Can Dogs Eat Seaweed?

Of course, you’re likely also interested in the quality of your dog’s food and your pet’s health, in addition to having questions about what your dog can and can’t eat. We happen to have a ton of resources on these very topics!

One is our guide which will teach you about adding fiber to a dog’s diet, along with or our guide to choosing the best high fiber dog foods. If you’re looking into treating your dog with upset stomach we have a guide for that as well, and we can even help answer how long does it take for dogs to digest food?. If you’re portioning your dog’s food you can also check out our guide to choosing the best automatic dog feeder.

We also have a series of health and nutritional information for your dog. Our puppy size calculator and our dog weight chart can help you determine if your dog is the proper weight and size, and we even have a collection of breed-specific growth charts such as our goldendoodle growth chart, great dane growth chart, golden retriever growth chart, chihuahua growth chart, or our labrador growth chart.

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