Dogs and bees may seem like an unlikely pair and probably are in most cases. However, when it comes to the powerful medicine bees produce this duo is a match made in heaven!
Propolis, aka "bee glue" is a sticky, resinous substance bees make to seal, disinfect, and protect their hive. They also use it to mummify intruders too big to remove.
Because of its antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, this precious substance has the ability to provide protection against infectious invaders, promote healing and regeneration of tissue, and provides a superior source of energy and stamina.
Relatively unknown to most North Americans this potent bee medicine had been used for centuries as a natural alternative to antibiotics. And unlike the antibiotics we are familiar with, propolis does not disrupt the good bacteria and our body does not build up resistance against nature's antibiotic.
A great weapon against bacteria, propolis can help protect dogs from canine flu, kennel cough, and other infectious illnesses. When used topically it can prevent infection and speed the healing of cuts, wounds, burns, bites, stings, hot spots, and lick granulomas (its bitter taste helps deter licking).
So whats the down side? As hinted at above, it doesn't taste very good. I drop propolis onto a hard cookie and cover it with another creating a propolis sandwich. My dogs eat this no problem. You can also mix in into their food or with some yogurt or honey.
Speaking of honey, next we talk about Manuka so stay tuned...
In the meantime BEE HEALTHY!