When it comes to food, dogs are not picky eaters.
You might find them going through the garbage looking for a late snack or looking guiltily over the leftovers of your pizza.
And sometimes you might enter a room to discover that your pooch has eaten all the bananas.
But human food can be dangerous for animals. So can dogs eat bananas?
Keep on reading if you want to know the answer.
Can dogs eat bananas?
Since you’re probably freaking out about your dog’s health, I’m going to give you the short answer. Dogs can eat bananas. These delicious yellow fruits are not toxic, and in most cases, they don’t case any digestive problems.
Take a deep breath and don’t fret if your pooch has taken a bite from your fruit. Rover is going to be just fine.
Are Bananas Good for Dogs?
The more interesting question is if should you feed dogs bananas. After all, not everything you eat is good for your health, and the same goes for our pets.
As you know, bananas are full of vitamin C and vitamin B6. They are also an excellent source of magnesium, potassium, and fibers. And they don’t contain too much sodium and fat and have a low-calorie count.
That’s why bananas could be a healthy snack for our furry pets. As a matter of fact, some vets recommend bananas as an alternative to salty treats.
However, dogs get most of the necessary nutrients and vitamins from their food, so bananas do not contribute much to the whole picture.
Moreover, bananas taste so great because they contain some sugar (carbohydrates). It’s not much, but still. While dogs need carbohydrate, too much sugar can lead to stomach problems and weight gain. And dog gets most of their daily carbohydrate intake from their dog food.
That’s why you have to be careful how much you give to your furbaby.
In addition to this, keep in mind that introducing new food into your dog’s diet might cause some digestive discomfort. That’s why you have to introduce your dog to bananas slowly if you plan on using them as treats.
I also recommend that you consult with your vet before you give bananas to a young puppy because they need a special diet.
Can Dogs Eat Banana Peels?
The good news is that banana peels are not toxic to pets. So, don’t worry if your Rover has gobbled some unpeeled banana before you can stop him.
However, banana peels are hard to digest, even for a dog’s stomach. That’s why your pooch might vomit a couple of hours after consuming the peels. The other possible symptom is diarrhea because of the high fiber content.
I’d be worried if the dog has swollen a banana peel without chewing it first. The peel might cause internal blockage, so if your dog starts acting strangely, take Rover to the vet immediately.
Can bananas help alleviate dog diarrhea?
As you well know it, specialists recommend bland food such as bananas when your stomach is upset. However, are they useful for alleviating dog diarrhea? Of course, they are.
Since bananas are moist and soft, they don’t irritate the stomach and soothe the digestive system. What’s more, they help your dog get some energy back and rehydrate. In addition to this, bananas contain electrolytes such as potassium, which your dog loses when he has diarrhea.
So, if your dog’s tummy is upset, give him one teaspoon of banana per 10 pounds.
Can dogs eat banana chips?
Yes. Bananas chips are an excellent idea as long as you remember that you mustn’t give your dog too much. The rule of thumb is that treats should be around 10% of your dog’s daily calorie intake.
How to feed your dog bananas?
You can feed your dog bananas in several ways
- Mash up some banana slices and mix them with the food.
- Combine banana with peanut butter.
- Freeze a banana, then peel it. Cut it into slices and give your dog a piece as a treat.
- Put some banana inside a Kong toy.
- Experiment with different DIY banana treats
How to prepare a DIY banana dog treat?
So, if you want to include banana in your dog’s diet, here is an easy recipe for DIY banana dog treats.
DIY Banana Dog Treat
- One ripe banana
- Pumping purée
- Wheat Flour
- Baking powder
- Baking sheet
- A bowl
- A rolling pin
- A cookie cutter
- An airtight container
- Start by preheating the oven to 325 degrees.
- Mash the banana in the bowl with a fork.
- Measure 1/3 cup of pumping puree and add it to the mashed banana.
- Pour ½ cup of wheat flour and one tablespoon of water.
- Mix the ingredients until you have they have the consistency of a dough.
- Sprinkle some wheat flour on the table.
- Place the dough on the top and start kneading it.
- Get the rolling pin and start rolling the dough until it’s ¼ inch in thickness.
- Use the cookie cutter to shape the doggy treats.
- Then place them on the cooking sheet.
- Put the cookies in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
- Let the treats cool down and place them in the container.
- Give a couple of treats a day to your dog.
The bottom line is that bananas are a healthy treat for dogs, and you can include them in your dog’s diet. However, be careful not to give too many pieces of bananas to your dog in one feeding.
What do you think about the topic? Does your dog eat bananas? How do you prepare banana treats for him? Share your recipes in the comments.