What is good for humans cannot be bad for the animal. Of course, that is not quite true. In the case of the natural product Propolis, however, this statement is fully true. Let's take a look at Propolis and see how this natural bee product can be useful to your pet.
What exactly is Propolis?
Propolis is also called bee-kitt resin – it is one of the many natural wonders: bees absorb resin on flower buds, on deciduous and coniferous trees and apply it to the hive. There, the industrious bees process the resin and add special glandular secretions to it. This is how Propolis is created. The word comes from Greek and means "before the city": the bees protect their city – the hive – with propolis. They clog cracks and crevices to secure the thermal insulation in the cane and to regulate the size of the flight hole so that no enemies can penetrate. But Propolis is even more important for the safety of the bee colony. After all, diseases and germs should also remain outside "in front of the city". For this, the bees rely on the antibacterial, antiviral and fungicidal properties of the propolis, with which they protect their queen and themselves. The clever animals coat the inner walls of the cells in the hive with a fine propolis coating. They disinfect their apartment, so to speak. Once this extremely effective disinfection is complete, the queen bee can start laying the eggs.
The name Propolis refers to this – and in fact life in a hive is like life in a city: it is a constant coming and going, everywhere work is done, and sometimes it also dies. Then the other working bees usually bring the deceased bee colleagues outside. But this is not always successful. In order to keep the stick clean, the industrious bees cover the bee corpses that were not transported outside with propolis. They do the same with small animals that have been invaded and killed in the cane: they embals the carcasses with propolis in order to counteract the process of deedification. Anyone who now thinks of the ancient Egyptians and their mummies is not wrong: it is precisely this knowledge that they took advantage of in the embedals of their deceased.
Our propolis, extracted from the hive, consists of approx. 50% resin and essential oils, pollen, minerals and trace elements (e.B. aluminium, manganese, copper, iron), as well as flavones and acids.
Propolis in Veterinary Medicine:
As a general rule, a sick pet must go to the veterinarian. But the question we are dealing with here is: does Propolis also have a preventive and healing effect on pets? The answer to this question is clearly 'yes'.
Dogs and cats
In alternative veterinary medicine, Propolis has long since ceased to be an insider tip. But more and more veterinarians are also resorting to propolis for various indications, including prophylaxis. By internal ingestion, Propolis prevents worm infestation in dogs and cats and helps with bad breath.
Dogs like to use kennel cough, laryngitis, intestinal inflammation, as well as sinusitis. Pets also get cold. Propolis then supports the healing process due to its antiviral and antibacterial properties.
By applying propolis balm or propolis drops without alcohol, it is successfully used for eczema, fungal infestation and small wounds, as well as on the paws (e.B. in winter for injuries caused by stray salt).
In horses, Propolis is often used by Mauke, as e.B. Propolis balm supports inflamed skin areas in the regeneration. Propolis also has very good success in the treatment of necrotic wounds in horses and cows.
Propolis also generally increases the body's own defenses in pets and prevents exhaustion. The high tolerability of propolis in pets is to be emphasized. Only about 1% react with intolerance to propolis, presumably as an allergic reaction to a certain proportion of pollen. For example, if you are adding propolis powder to your pet, you should check beforehand whether your pet can tolerate the Propolis addition. Recommendations range from 0.1 grams per kilo of body weight to 5 grams per kilo. Start with one tenth of the recommended daily dose and increase the dose daily by another 10%. After 10 days, you have reached the normal dose.
As you can see, there are many applications of Propolis in pets. However, it is not a drug for all positive properties. Therefore, in case of doubt, ask your veterinarian how Propolis can help the healing of your pet.