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Can dogs eat honey?

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Honey is safe for dogs to eat and may provide health benefits for some dogs. Honey can help soothe stomach irritation and reduce pollen allergies when given in moderation.

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Honey is a sweet food that most dogs enjoy eating. Like any food, large amounts can cause diarrhea or other temporary stomach upset, so care should be taken to only feed it to a dog in moderation. Honey may not be safe for diabetic dogs to eat because of its high glycemic index, so a veterinarian should be consulted before feeding it to dogs on restricted diets. For treatment of pollen allergies, it is important to use honey that is raw and produced locally. Heat-treated honey is still safe to feed, but it does not reduce allergies.

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