Can Dogs Eat Bananas?
Bananas are a healthy and delicious snack for humans, but are bananas safe for dogs? The answer is yes!
Bananas are a safe snack for dogs as long as they are given to them in moderation. Bananas contain natural sugars, and too much sugar can lead to your dog gaining weight or having an upset stomach.
As long as you practice moderation, it is safe for dogs to eat bananas.
Health benefits of bananas for dogs
Bananas are high in potassium, biotin, magnesium, and fiber and are a great low-calorie treat to give your dog. Dogs can easily digest bananas, and they don't contain any toxins that are known to be harmful to canines.
The fiber in bananas may actually help your dog's digestive system and may help resolve any gastrointestinal problems they're having.
Magnesium, which is also found in bananas, can promote bone growth and increase the body's ability to absorb vitamins and protein.
Bananas are also low in calories. This means your dog won't put on weight after snacking on a moderate amount of bananas. They're a great option for dogs who need to lose a few pounds but still love treats.
What about banana peel?
Banana peels are made mostly of fiber, and your dog can digest them with no issue. They do cause a choking hazard though, so you want to make sure your dog isn't eating the whole banana peel at once.
If you want to feed your dog a banana peel, cut it up into small pieces before you feed it to them to prevent choking.
Different ways to feed banana to your dog
There are many different ways you can feed your dog banana. The important thing is to ensure the banana is cut into small, bite-sized pieces or made mushy with a fork before you feed it to them.
Putting banana pieces in a Kong toy is a great way to give your dog a tasty treat while making their minds figure out how to get it.
Mixing banana with peanut butter and other dog-safe treats is another great option. You can even make your own banana dog treats.
Are bananas ever bad for dogs?
Moderation is key when feeding your dog bananas. Too much of the natural sugars found in bananas can lead to your dog having stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and can cause them to gain weight.
A basic rule of thumb to follow is at least 90% of the food your dog eats should be their regular dog food. A maximum of 10% of their food can come from other sources like dog treats and human food like bananas.
The first few times you feed your dog banana you should monitor them for signs of a negative reaction to it. If they start vomiting, have diarrhea, or become constipated within 24 to 48 hours of eating banana, call your vet to get their advice.
Bananas are a delicious, low calorie, nutrient dense treat you can safely give your dog. They won't cause your dog any health issues as long as they are given in moderation and can actually help resolve gastrointestinal issues your dog may be experiencing. Just be sure to cut the banana into bite-sized pieces before feeding it to your dog!
Bananas can be a fun treat for your dog but be sure you're not overfeeding them. Even though dogs are able to safely digest bananas, eating too many of them can cause stomach pain and weight gain.