Can Dogs Eat Bananas?
Are bananas something you can share with your dog or should you keep them to yourself? This article will give you a detailed answer.
Bananas are among the most popular fruits for us humans.
We use them in cereal, smoothies or as a snack, as they’re real energy-boosters.
No wonder you want to share some with your dog! But, the question is – is it safe?
Dogs love to eat, that’s a fact! However, they’re not too picky and they will eat pretty much anything they can come across. Unfortunately, it can result in dogs eating something they shouldn’t and that’s bad for them. Therefore, it’s your responsibility as a dog owner to know what’s safe for your dog to eat and what should be kept far away from your best friend.
As always, we’re here to help you. Today we’re continuing our research on appropriate food for dogs so you can cross off one more thing from your list. Considering you’re reading this, we’re guessing you want to know the following:
Can I Give My Dog Bananas?
The short answer to this question is – yes, dog can eat bananas! They’re not toxic to dogs in any way. Not only are they safe for dogs to eat, they’re healthy as well.
However, it’s important to feed bananas in moderation. Also, remember that every dog is different, so even though bananas are safe, it doesn’t have to mean your dog will like or enjoy them. Therefore, introduce bananas slowly to your dog’s diet – as any other new food for that matter – and wait and see what the reaction will be.
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Now, let’s discover what makes bananas healthy!
Why Are Bananas Healthy For Your Dog?
Bananas are very healthy for us, nothing new there! But did you know that they’re actually beneficial for dogs as well? They’re a great source of vitamin C and B and potassium – all of which are desirable for both dogs and people.
Bananas are also great in improving your dog’s bowel movement and protecting its stomach from ulcers, acid secretion and stomach wounds. But that’s not all! Bananas are famous for containing the following:
- Potassium – which is very beneficial for your dog’s muscles, blood vessels and blood flow in the entire body
- Magnesium – good for building protein
- Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) – improving blood cell function and oxygen transportation to vital organs
- Vitamin C – preserving cells and protecting against cell damage
- Fiber and copper – helping with bowel movement problems, especially when a dog has diarrhea
On top of all that, bananas are low in sodium, while being high in antioxidants. This is great news for your dog’s skin and the coat will benefit from it for sure! They also contribute to a better overall immune system and are boosting your dog’s energy level.
Finally, have you ever heard of the BRAT diet? If not, this diet stands for Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast – recommended for a couple of days in the case a dog has diarrhea. Another great benefit that can come from some banana slices!
How Many Bananas Should Dogs Eat?
Considering bananas are very rich in sugar, you should be careful with the amount of bananas you’re giving your dog. Your dog will be able to enjoy the benefits when given small amounts, as giving bigger amounts can only do harm! Why?
Besides the high sugar level, bananas are also very rich in potassium, as mentioned above. Even though this is great in reasonable amounts, too much of it can lead to a condition called Hyperkalemia.
This is why you should keep it moderate and only feed bananas occasionally, in small amounts. The amount will depend on your dog’s size, but in general a banana per week is enough – divided into slices throughout the week. Start off slowly and see how your dog will react.
How Do I Serve Bananas To My Dog?
Bananas can be served in many different ways, which allows you to be creative if you want to. However, there are a couple of guidelines you should follow when giving this fruit to your dog.
First of all, you need to remove the peel. Even though banana peels are not toxic to dogs, they are hard to digest and can lead to intestinal blockage.
Another thing – feed your dog ripe banana, not an unripe (green) banana. The health benefits are much bigger from ripe fruit and your dog will like the taste much more. Also remember to slice the banana in small pieces or mash them together with something else, but don’t give the whole banana to you dog. The bigger the piece is, the harder the digestion will be.
If you follow these simple guidelines, there are numerous ways your dog can enjoy eating this healthy fruit. For instance, you can:
- Mash it up with your dog’s food
- Stuff it in a toy and freeze it
- Mix with some yogurt or peanut butter
- Freeze, peel and slice
Here’s a great recipe you could try out, if you want to make a treat made of bananas and peanut butter for your dog! This, and similar treats, can come in very handy when you want to keep your dog busy.
In order to make this treat, you’ll need:
- A banana (ripe)
- Some peanut butter
- A slice of mild cheese
- A blender
- A fillable toy
Combine the ingredient in the blender until it get a smooth consistency, spread the mix over the toy and freeze. Simple and fast!
Can Dogs Eat Banana Chips and Banana Bread?
Banana chips are definitely off-limits, just like anything else that’s deep-fried. This is very bad for your dog’s health, as the amounts of fat are very high. Additionally, all chemicals, additives and preservatives that can be found in banana chips should definitely be avoided.
Banana bread isn’t something that’s appropriate for dogs either, as the majority of banana bread contain ingredients that are very toxic to dogs. Some of them are chocolate and raisins – both very dangerous to dogs.
Keep it natural and you’re good to go!
To sum it up – bananas are perfectly fine for dogs to eat and they’re very healthy as well! They’re rich in potassium, vitamins and fiber and are especially great for regulating bowel movement.
They can be served in many ways, for instance by mashing them up with something else or stuffing a toy with them. The important thing is to serve bananas in moderation, as too many can cause digestion problems or Hyperkalemia, because of the high potassium level.
Finally, avoid all banana products with additives and sweeteners, such as banana bread or banana ships. Serve them natural, ripe and in small amounts and you’re good to go!
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