Can Dogs Eat Bananas?

can dogs eat bananas

When you have a dog, you will often have questions about what your dog can eat. With this article, Can Dogs Eat Bananas? The simple answer is yes… BUT

Are Bananas Good for Dogs?

Sometimes Veterinarians will recommend this kind of fruit for a dog; it is a healthy alternative to salty and fatty treat. Bananas have vitamin C and B6, biotin, along with high potassium. 

This fruit is an excellent source for high fiber, especially if your dog is having trouble with gastrointestinal problems. However, just like any other food bananas contain sugar, so they must be eaten in moderation.

They can also promote bone growth, along with helping them absorb the vitamins and produce protein, not to mention they are low in sodium and cholesterol.

But just like any other food you would feed your dog though, it needs to be in moderation, especially since they have a lot of sugar, this can cause obesity in your dog. They should be used as a treat and not part of their regular diet.

are bananas good for dogs

So, Can Dogs Eat Bananas?

Bananas are not toxic according to Kerri Marshall, DVM, and chief Veterinary officer for Trupanion Pet Insurance, although they can lead to constipation if fed in large quantities.

She also talks about how banana peels should never be fed to your dog.

They are difficult to digest and can create a blockage if eaten whole or in large pieces

Read the original article – Chewy.com the article is on chewy’s website here.

Can Dogs Eat Banana Peels?

We recommend not to feed your dog banana peels; they are not toxic to a dog, so it’s not something that you should be to be worried about if they manage to sneak a banana of your table.

Although they are hard to digest and can cause blockages throughout their body if they do sneak a banana, we recommend keeping an eye on them and checking if they can go the toilet if you’re worried, please contact your local veterinarian straight away.

Feeding your dog too many bananas can cause stomach upset as well. If your struggling or are worried about how to feed your dog bananas, we would recommend consulting your veterinarian.

Cathy Alinovi, DVM has said, “From Practical experience, some dogs love bananas and some hate bananas.” “As long as bananas are just a snack, not the whole meal, and the dog isn’t allergic to the banana, then there’s no reason not to feed them.

can dogs eat bananas
Different Options for Feeding Your Dog a Banana

While giving your dog a piece of banana as a treat every now and then, there are other various options for giving your dog a banana.

  • You can mash up the banana in his food.
  • Stuff the banana in a Kong and freeze it first.
  • On hot days, you can freeze the banana, then peel it, and slice it.
  • Slice the banana up and mix it with a little Peanut butter. (Dog Safe Peanut butter)

A Little Something Extra for Your Dog

If you are looking to give your dog a bit of a treat and don’t want to give your dog a plain banana, here are a couple of things they will love. Some of them will take more time, while some will not take long at all, if you struggle for time. For the first time you are best doing it on your day off, as some can take some time.

Non – Baking Treat
You will need the following:

  • A fillable toy, like a Kong
  • A blender
  • A ripe Banana
  • A slice of mild cheese
  • A scoop of peanut butter (please check its dog-safe peanut butter)

Two Basic instructions.

  1. Combine the banana, cheese, and the peanut butter inside the blender. Blend the following ingredients in-till they reach a smooth texture or consistency.
  2. Now spread this little treat over and inside the toy and freeze it.

This will keep your dog entertained for ages, which is excellent if you need to leave them for a few hours and they do not tend to do well when being left alone.

Banana and Peanut Butter Dog Treats – Baking Treat

Ingredients

  • 1 peeled and mashed banana
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (optional)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • ½ cup of dried parsley
  • 1 cup of oat flour (Alternate: Coconut flour)
  • 2/3 cups of rolled oats (Alternate: Coconut flour)

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven at 300°F.
  2. Mix all the following ingredients in a bowl, make sure they are thoroughly mixed. Then let them sit in the bowl for about 5 minutes.
  3. Now using a tablespoon, you will need to spoon out enough dough that will make about 24 balls.
  4. You will then need to set the 24 balls out on a baking pan, lined with baking paper (usually known as wax paper).
  5. Once you have put all 24 balls on the baking pan, use your spoon to flatten the balls in-till there about 2” flat circle.
  6. Baking usually takes around 40-45 minutes; please allow them to cool before storing them.

Storage:
The best way to store your treats is in an airtight container that you can then store in a freezer, for whenever you wish to treat your dog.

can dogs eat bananas

Conclusion

Your dog can eat bananas, as long as you take everything we have written above seriously. You need to make sure you remove the banana peel when you give them a banana. A good thing to do is actually chop up the banana so, it does not become a choking hazard.

Please do not forget that bananas have sugar in them, so do not overdo it with them. Any type of fruit and veg should only be given as a treat and in moderation. Just because it is healthy for them to have, it does not mean they can have loads of it. Remember the 10% rule for feeding your dog human food. Check out are articles on can dogs eat banana bread and can dogs eat banana chips.

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