Can Dogs Eat Honey Buns?

The bond between dogs and humans is visibly so close that Frederick, the king of Prussia between 1740 and 1786, termed a dog as man’s best friend.

To date, the relationship savors, and it’s evident in how the dog is always looking forward to sharing human food, honey buns included.

The question now begs, is it right to share the buns?

Can dogs eat honey buns?

Yes, but only make it occasional and in small quantities.

This is because honeybuns have high sugar and carbohydrates content that can cause health complications such as obesity for your dog.

Read on and learn all the risks and benefits your dog will gain from the occasional honeybuns treat.

The Risks of Feeding Honeybuns to your Dog

Below are the common health risks you’ll be exposing your dog to by sharing the honeybuns frequently:

Sugar Spikes

Honeybuns contain high levels of processed sugars, and this causes sugar spikes in dogs.

In addition, most dogs have problems digesting sugars, which explains why they will be dull and paranoid after consuming foods rich in sugars.

Avoid honey buns, especially if your dog is diabetic, as the processed sugar in the buns will increase sugar levels, lead to a diabetic attack, and potentially lead you to the ER.

If your dog is on a weight loss journey, you need to steer clear of honey buns.

The sugars in the buns are converted and stored as fats in the dog, making it add weight.

Additionally, fat build-up leads to less active dogs as they feel lethargic, leading to a weight problem.

Toxicity

The honeybuns from the store contain ingredients such as preservatives that can be toxic to your dog.

The manufacturers add preservatives to increase the honeybuns’ shelf life, and your dog will find them toxic.

Artificial sweeteners added to the buns are also toxic to the dog.

Ensure you carefully analyze the contents in your honeybun, so you are not endangering your pooch.

For example, a sweetener such as xylitol is highly toxic to dogs and will adversely affect the dog’s overall health.

Allergic Reactions 

You need to be informed about your dog’s allergic reaction history to avoid sharing the honey buns if the ingredients can trigger a reaction.

For instance, some honeybuns contain toxic raisins and chocolate, which could trigger an allergic reaction.

Digestive Problems 

Honeybuns contain saturated fats, which are hard to digest for most dogs.

As such, when you feed them to your dog, you may observe the following reactions:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea 
  • Restlessness
  • Stomach inflammation 
  • Bloating
  • Constipation

All these are effects of the saturated fats and the dough in the honeybuns.

 Overall, the ingredients in honeybuns make them less suitable for dogs as they lower the good cholesterol while boosting the levels of bad cholesterol, which is unhealthy for your pet.

Ideally, your dog should have meals rich in proteins instead of high in carbohydrates, fats and sugars.

Benefits of Honeybuns on Your Dog

An occasional honeybun treat for your dog is fine if you do it in small quantities.

Here are some of the benefits that your dog stands to gain from the treat:

Antioxidant

If you are lucky and have the honeybun made from natural honey, then your dog will benefit from the antioxidant properties of honey.

Antioxidants in dogs are important as dogs are frequently exposed to toxins.

In addition, antioxidants help elderly dogs slow the aging process.

Antioxidants are also great immune system boosters.

Improved Appetite

If your dog has been ailing, then two bites of the honeybun can help improve the lost appetite.

Mostly when dogs are ailing, they will detest the common dog food they are used to, yet they need to eat.

You could throw in a few honeybun bites to further trigger the feeding urge.

Increased Energy

If your furry friend is feeble, you can throw in some honeybun bites to raise the energy levels.

The carbs found in the honeybuns provide the dog with energy and weight boost if you look to slightly improve the dog’s weight and stamina.

After feeding your dog some honeybuns a few times, you will realize they will slightly add weight, and once it gets to the level you wish, you can completely withdraw the treat.

Tips to Apply when Feeding Honeybuns to Your Dog

Here is how you should approach treating your dog to some honeybuns:

  • Avoid feeding the honeybuns to your puppies as the digestive system is not fully developed
  • Avoid feeding honeybuns to your elderly dog as the metabolism is slower at this age, and since the honeybuns contain saturated fats, it may give your dog a hard time and stomach upsets.
  • Don’t feed your dog an entire honeybun. Instead, feed the dog a bite or two; that way, you won’t be exposing the dog to too many sugars.
  • Feed your dog the honeybun only once or twice a week; above that is too much.
  • When buying the honeybun, check for artificial sweeteners such as xylitol, which could be disastrous for your dog.
  • Check for the honeybun that contains natural honey as the ingredient; it will work better on your dog.

Can honeybuns make my dog sick?

No, honeybuns can’t make your dog sick unless there’s an ingredient in the bun that the dog is allergic to. 

If your dog is diabetic, then honeybuns will lead to a sugar spike, leading to a diabetic attack on your dog.

Can I feed my dogs two buns?

No.

You shouldn’t feed your dog two whole buns as that will be too many.

Only share a bite or two once a week.

Honeybuns are carbs and sugar-rich, which is not healthy for dogs.

Instead, healthy dog foods should be proteins -rich.

Conclusion

There is no harm in sharing a bite of honey bun with your furry friend as long as you don’t make it a routine.

If you are looking for a healthier treat, go for a dog biscuit, as these are made with dog-friendly ingredients and are equally sweet.

The next time you are tempted to share the honeybun with your dog, let it be just a bite.

Megan Turner
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