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Can Dogs Eat Honey?

Yes, dogs can eat honey, but it's best to serve it in moderation. Honey offers some health benefits due to its natural sugars, antioxidants, and vitamins. However, too much honey can lead to obesity and dental problems. It’s also important to ensure your dog does not have any allergies to bee products.

A photo of Stefan Stumpfl, the co-author of this article.

By Stefan Stumpfl, in collaboration with Dr. Ali Raza.

Updated on Jul 9, 2024

Did You Know?

Raw honey may help soothe a dog's throat and is sometimes used for its antioxidant properties.




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Benefits and Risks of Honey

Honey is rich in antioxidants and can provide a natural energy boost. It also has antibacterial properties that can support your dog's immune system. On the flip side, honey is high in sugars which can contribute to weight gain and dental issues if overconsumed. Always use it sparingly to harness its benefits without the downside.

How Much Honey Can Dogs Eat?

For small dogs, a teaspoon of honey once or twice a week is plenty. Medium to large dogs can handle up to a tablespoon weekly. Keep an eye on your dog's weight and dental health, and remember that honey should be a treat, not a staple in their diet.

Common Misconceptions

Many people think honey is entirely harmless for dogs due to its natural origins. However, honey is dense in sugars, closely linked to obesity and related health issues if given too liberally. Always tread the line between benefit and excess.

What If Your Dog Reacts Badly to Honey?

If your dog shows signs like vomiting, diarrhea, or itching after eating honey, consult your vet promptly. It’s especially critical for dogs with known bee-related allergies. Immediate professional advice ensures your dog remains healthy and happy.

What are Healthy Alternatives?

Looking for alternatives? Consider these options:

  • Organic Blueberries: Packed with antioxidants without the high sugar content.
  • Carrot Slices: Low in calories and rich in vitamins.
  • Pumpkin: Great for digestion and low in sugar.


To sum it all up, honey can be a sweet treat for your dog when given sparingly. Watch out for any adverse reactions and balance treats with a healthy diet. When in doubt, consult your vet to ensure the best care for your furry friend. Remember, moderation is the name of the game. 🐾