Can My Dog Eat Bananas? We Have The Answers!
Can Dogs Eat Bananas?
Yes! Dogs can eat bananas. But as with any treat you feed your pup, human food or otherwise, it’s important to only spoil them with snacks in moderation and to check with your vet ahead of time. It’s hard to know which foods are okay for our pets and which are riddled with ingredients that are toxic to our pups.
Here are DogPack, nothing is more important than the health and safety of our fur babies. To help answer all of your questions on doggy diets, we research the foods dogs CAN'T eat, and the foods dogs can eat. Don't let your pup come down with an upset tummy over a simple bit of confusion!
Not only can dogs eat bananas, but they're also a healthy snack! Bananas are high in potassium, fiber, and vitamins B, B6, and C. These nutrients make them a great addition to your dog's diet! Bananas have low levels of sodium and cholesterol, but the sugar content in this delicious fruit means that you have to limit their intake.
The antioxidants in bananas are great for your pet’s skin and coat, while the soluble carbs can boost your pup’s energy level — whether that’s a good thing or not is your call! (I know a few pups who definitely don't need anymore energy!)
Are Bananas Good For Dogs? You Bet!
Bananas are difficult to digest, and large chunks can create a blockage in your dog’s tum tum. As much fun as it is to watch a dog eat a banana — “LOOK! They think they’re people!” — remember to break it up into small pieces, and make sure that they don’t get their paws on the peel. Dogs can't eat the banana peel since the peel is extra tough to digest and creates a greater risk of choking.
How much banana your dog can eat depends on their size and their gastrointestinal system. Medium to large-sized breeds can eat around half of a banana per week. A smaller breed should only be given a few pieces more sporadically.
Can Dogs Have Bananas? In Moderation
It’s also important to speak with your vet before introducing any new foods into your pet’s diet. If you notice allergy symptoms, weight changes, or bouts of constipation, stop feeding your dog bananas and take a trip to the vet.
You know how a heavy helping of alfredo sauce makes your stomach growl like a tiger for three days? Well, your pup’s body is no different. While one dog may be able to stomach a banana split with no problem, another one may be unable digest a few bites without feeling some belly pain.
The best way to incorporate the benefits of a banana into your pup’s diet is by making a delicious, healthy pupsicle for them! Check out our homemade dog treat infographic to see which fruits are A-OK for your pooch, and how you can combine them with a few simple ingredients to create a cool treat for a hot summer day.
Make Your Dog A Banana Split!
Well, sort of. If your pooch loves the flavor of bananas and you want to give them a special treat for their birthday, or Valentine's Day, or a Tuesday — try homemade banana ice cream for dogs! All you need to do is place banana slices on parchment paper and put in the freezer overnight. The next day, pop the frozen banana pieces into a blender for about a minute, and boom! Dog-friendly banana gelato.