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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Honey Good for Dogs, Cats - Honey is a Natural, Healthful, Healing Food

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Honey Good for Dogs, Cats - Honey is a Natural, Healthful, Healing Food



In this article…
1.   Introduction
2.   History of Honey - As a Food and Medicine
3.   Health Promoting Properties of Honey
4.   Health Benefits of Honey - Prevent, Treat, Remedy Illness
5.   Defining and Understanding the Different Types of Honey
6.   How to Select a Quality Honey
7.   How to Store Honey - Retaining Quality
8.   How to Add Honey to Your Dog’s, Cat’s Diet
9.   Daily Dietary Dosage for Honey
10. Cautions and Interactions
The following provides a comprehensive guide on honey for you and your dog...
1.0 Introduction
Natural Honey (Apis mellifera, also known as raw, unprocessed or unpasteurized honey) is said to be the world’s perfect food - a food that has been revered by the human race for many thousands of years.
Honey offers a rich source of nutrients packed into a simple food which delivers pure energy. Honey also contains multiple, powerful health-promoting and healing compounds that make it a versatile medicine. Honey can be used in emergency medicine, for the treatment and remedy of chronic ailments as both an ingested and topical medicine.
Natural honey is unlike any other food in that honey never spoils.
During their exploration of ancient Egyptian tombs, archaeologists discovered honey that was interred along with the pharaohs. Upon tasting the honey the archaeologists where able to determine that the ancient honey is still perfectly edible.
As a bee keeper, a dog whisperer / behaviourist, wellness adviser and guardian to my own dogs and cats - the topic of honey, dogs and cats holds a place near and dear to my heart and soul.

4.0 Health Benefits of Honey - Prevent,
      Treat, Remedy Illness
4.1 A Food For Health and an Ingested Treatment
Natural honey can be used as an ingested treatment for many conditions including…
  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Allergies - environmental
  • Analgesic - pain reduction
  • Anti-parasitic
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Blood and Vascular Health
    • Anemia by stabilizing hemoglobin levels
    • Blood circulation - improve poor circulation
    • Blood sugar control
    • Maintenance of optimal glucose metabolisim during sleep and exercise in support of avoiding the development of:
      • Cardiovascular disease
      • Diabetes
      • Insulin resistance
      • Lower LDL cholesterol
      • Obesity - prevention and weight loss
    • Raise low blood platelet count
    • Raise levels of protective antioxidant compounds (specifically polyphenolic)
    • Septicaemia, prevention and treatment
    • White blood cell stimulation
      • via improving endothelial (cells that line the blood vessels) function
  • Bowel, Urinary Tract Health
    • Laxative (gentle)
    • Relieve constipation
  • Calcium absorption
  • Cancer prevention, treatment
  • Digestive Health
    • Diarrhea healing, also see fasting below
    • Gas
    • GERD
    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome - IBS
    • Proliferation of good gut flora
    • Stomach ulcers
  • Urinary Tract Infections - UTIs
  • Ear Infections
  • Energy source (instant) without spiking insulin levels
  • Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
  • Fasting animal due to illness such as diarrhea - these animals can be given honey to help sustain energy levels, fight off ailment and help heal the GI tract
  • Infections caused by catheters used for kidney dialysis
  • Immune system support - activity stimulator
  • Insomnia - relief of
  • Longevity
  • Muscle recuperation support after physical exercise
  • Osteoporosis due to calcium absorption enhancement
  • Reduce oxidative damage
  • Restorative sleep promotion
  • Upper Respiratory Infections - URIs
    • Fight infection and symptoms (cough, mucous, sore throat etc.)…
    • Bronchitis, including chronic bronchitis
    • Chronic and allergic rhinitis
    • Chronic and allergic sinusitis
    • Colds
    • Flu
    • and other URIs
  • Ulcers
Some of the minerals (found in specific concentrations in honey) combine together to form a serum that mimics blood serum - this similarity allows the body to easily metabolize honey.  While this is an advantage for healthy beings who choose to consume honey, it is even more of an advantage for those who are ailing.
4.2 A Topcial Treatment
Natural Honey can be used topically as a treatment for many conditions including…
  • Dental and Oral Health - i.e.
    • Inflamed and infected gums - gingivitis
    • Infected teeth
    • Oral ulcers
    • Sore mouth - mucositis, i.e.
      • Due to radiation treatment
  • Eye Conditions - i.e.
  • Ear infections
  • Skin Conditions - i.e.
    • Abscesses
    • Acne
    • Bacterial infections
    • Hotspots
    • Impetigo
    • Irritated, inflamed skin, rashes
    • Fungal infections, i.e.
    • Sunburn
  • Ulcers  - i.e.
    • Foot and leg ulcers including diabetic foot ulcers resistant to healing and conventional drugs/salves
    • MRSA ulcers
  • Wound dressing and healing -
    • Burns
    • Cuts
    • Draw poison from bites, stings
    • Gangrene
    • Infected wounds
    • Scrapes
    • Skin grafts
    • Surgical incisions
    • Surgical wounds
    • Trauma wounds
      • including the healing of stubborn wounds
If you want to give honey as a dietary supplement or topical treatment on a kitten or puppy under 6 months of age go to the pharmacy and purchase medicinal honey - don’t use natural honey.  See section 10.0 below for more information.

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