Manuka Honey For Your Dog!
Does your dog have an injury? A cut, infection or wound? Have you considered honey?
Honey has great anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties, but a lot of what we find on supermarket shelves is pasteurized, robbing the honey of all its nutritional qualities So whatâ€™s a person to do?
Look no further than Manuka honeyâ€”the undisputed champion of honey
Manuka is native to New Zealand and parts of Australia Bees, pollinating from the small white flowers of the Manuka tree, have created this superior honey thatâ€™s been shown to have the highest natural anti-bacterial activity of any honey
So whatâ€™s so special about Manuka?
Like all honey, Manuka contains naturally occurring hydrogen peroxide, but unlike most conventional honey, Manuka also contains a high amount of methylglyoxal In a 2009, the Czech Journal of Food Sciences conducted a study â€śto investigate to which extent methylglyoxal is responsible for the non-peroxide anti-bacterial activity of Manuka honeyâ€ť The study concluded that the higher the methylglyoxal contentâ€”or the non-peroxide anti-bacterial activityâ€”the more therapeutic the honey
How does a consumer know what to buy?
This is where it gets a bit confusing for the consumer There are two accepted ways to grade Manuka honey
The less common grading system is MGO, or minimum methylglyoxal content There are four grades of MGO Manuka honey, ranging from MGOâ„˘100 to MGOâ„˘550, that are considered therapeutic If you happen to live in Canada, look for this system: MGO honey is rated by Bronze to Platinum Anything Bronze or higher is considered therapeutic
How can Manuka honey help your dog?
Many dog owners have long known about Manuka honey, applying it to wounds for quicker healing times Manuka can also be applied to cuts or burns, or to treat any kind of wound or infection
Manuka can also be used internally for conditions such as kennel cough, by alleviating many of your dogâ€™s symptoms Depending on your dogâ€™s size, a dose of 1/2 to 1 teaspoon three or four times a day may do the trick Choose a UMF10+ or more or an MGOâ„˘100 (Bronze) or higher
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Manuka can also be used to treat allergies, digestive issues and stomach ulcers A good maintenance dose for your pooch should be anywhere from 1/2 to 1 teaspoon a day Again, dosage depends on the size of your dog
Manuka, as with all honey, contains a high sugar content, so if your dog is diabetic or overweight, itâ€™s best to consult your veterinarian before giving Manuka to your dog Manuka is not recommended for dogs under a year of age Manuka may contain bacteria that your puppy isnâ€™t ready to fight off Adult dogs have no problems with it
About the Author Anna Albo
Anna Albo has worked in the natural and alternative health industry for more than twenty years A lifelong animal lover, she lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with her dog, Rocco Anna keeps him healthy and happy with the natural and holistic principles sheâ€™s learned, and sheâ€™s keen to share her insights with other dog owners
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