Can Dogs Eat Bananas?
Can I Feed My Dog Bananas?
You may not think that a banana would be an ideal doggy treat – they certainly don’t bear much resemblance to a meaty flavoured dog chew – but can dogs eat bananas?!
What if you discovered one day that pooch actually showed an interest in your healthy snack? Is it safe? Do you let him try it?
Dogs are omnivores, this means that they are able to digest not only meat but fruit and vegetables too. However that isn’t to say that they can tolerate all the same fruit and vegetables that humans can. In fact, there are certain human foods that are toxic to dogs, and that includes some fruit and vegetables. So let’s find out about bananas.
What do Bananas Contain?
Bananas are packed full of goodness, including:
- Vitamin B6
- Some Vitamin C
As a banana becomes riper, the starch (carbohydrate) content converts to sugar and hence riper bananas are sweeter.
There are several really beneficial elements to bananas both for humans and for dogs. Vitamin B6 for example, plays a very important role in the brain and body, helping to regulate hormones and a functioning nervous system, in water balance and other functions.
Potassium has a role in heart health and the regulation of water balance and blood pressure.
Fibre is helpful to promote a healthy digestive system, helping maintain the passage of food through the gut and prevent constipation.
Bananas are naturally sweet though, and therefore anything high in sugar content should be consumed in moderation.
Are Bananas Safe for Dogs?
The answer is YES. Bananas are actually a good idea for a safe to eat snack for your dog!
That is, if he likes them… perhaps if you have a labrador you’ll have already found the answer to that! I have to say they pretty much want to eat everything..
But not all dogs are the same. Does your dog have a taste for bananas?
Serving Bananas to your Dog
Firstly, it’s important to remember that bananas are essentially quite a sugary treat. Feed your dog 90% complete dog food and 10% treats as a rule.
Chop up banana into bite sized pieces to avoid choking.
Did you know that bananas are good for freezing? Remove the skin and freeze in an airtight container. They may become more appetising as a treat for a sweltering summer day, or blended up in an ‘ice-cream’.
You may even mash a banana and add it to a dog toy before freezing, to make the treat last longer and be a bit of boredom busting fun!
Can dogs eat banana skin?
Banana skin contains lots of fibre. Too much fibre may not be tolerated by your dog and it may cause an upset like vomiting or diarrhoea. Thankfully though, the skin of a banana is not toxic to your pooch, so don’t worry in particular if he does accidentally take a liking to one!
However beware that a skin may cause a blockage, so keep an eye on him and see a vet if you are worried.
In summary, bananas are a safe and relatively healthy, tasty treat for your dog. They even contain nutritional elements which may be of benefit too.
Try serving banana in novel ways such as frozen or mashed on food, and remember not to feed too much due to the sugar content.