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Using Manuka Honey for Pets and Animals
Your pets and other animals can also benefit from using active manuka honey.
The same healing properties that are good for you, will also work on any animal. It is only different in terms of sometimes being a bit trickier to apply. It should be pointed out that the research has mostly focused on humans, and so it is anecdotal evidence and customer stories that support its use for your pets or other animals.
For digestive problems, one obstacle you may face is whether they accept the taste of honey. For some animals it will be fine, others not so. Generally you should also reduce the amount you give, eg only give half a teaspoon or even less, taking into account the size of animal concerned.
An area where the UMF manuka honey works particularly well is with cuts, wounds, abscesses and things. Those same natural antibiotic and antiseptic properties that really help for your wound healing can also be just as effective on an animal.
However the main obstacle you will face is preventing the honey from being licked off once applied. You also don't want a sticky mess transferring to your furniture, carpets etc if is a house pet you are treating. Applying a suitable dressing to prevent this is normally a necessity. This can be a bit tricky depending on just where the wound is, so give some thought to it before going ahead.
Even if the wound you are applying the honey to is in an area the animal can't reach, eg near the rear end of a horse, consider if any other animals will be in contact with it. The honey won't be able to effect its healing properties if another animal has come and licked it off.
As for humans, any of the UMF labelled honeys will be good to use. For an external wound, cut, or abscess, there is a sterilised tube of the manuka honey available. Apply some direct to the wound, and some to the inside of any dressing that will be placed over top. You can view a range of manuka honey to buy here .
Or there are also specialised ready made manuka honey dressings, which have been impregnated with the honey on a alginate fibre dressing. These will require some form of bandaging or other dressing over top to hold them in place. They can be trimed to size to suit a smaller wound.