Have you ever wondered can dogs eat bananas? The answer is yes! Packed with with essential vitamins and minerals, bananas make for a healthy snack. Bananas are low-calorie, fat-free, and low in cholesterol. This helps to support your dogs health.
What are the health benefits of bananas?
Bananas provide your pet with a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. Such as: potassium, magnesium, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin B7 aka Biotin. You also get these benefits when you eat bananas as well. Plus, bananas are a great source of fiber to help you be more regular as well as being low-calorie and fat-free. These vitamins, minerals, and health benefits help your dogs health.
As with all treats, feed in moderation. Bananas are high in sugar. You should watch how much bananas or how many banana chips your dog is getting daily. A diet consisting of 10% or more of treats, such as bananas, is not balanced and can lead to a variety of health issues.
Can my dog eat the peel?
Banana peels are not toxic to dogs but they can cause blockages. Due to the thickness of the banana peel and the lack of digestible fiber it’s best to keep the peel away from your dog. They also don’t taste super great. Looking for an idea of what to do with your banana peels? ivaluefood.com has a handy infographic on a variety of things you can do with your banana peels.
Are banana chips as good as fresh banana?
Banana chips provide a portable, shelf-stable treat for you and your dog. The downside? Banana chips that made for human consumption are often high in sugar. If you have an air-fryer you can make your own banana chips.
Don’t want to make your own banana chips? Products like Wholesome Pride Banana Bites are made for dogs. These contain only two ingredients: banana and coconut oil.
Banana chips make great training treats. They hold their shape well, put into a treat pouch, coat pocket, or plastic baggie and eaten on the go.
How much banana is too much banana?
Like with humans, your dog may get an upset stomach if they eat too much banana. Every dog is different. It’s best to check with your veterinarian on how much, if any, banana you should be feeding your dog. This is important if they have any underlying health conditions. As a general rule of thumb a large dog, 50lb+, can eat around half a banana a day. Smaller dogs should only be given one to three 1/4 inch pieces a day.
For products like Wholesome Pride Banana Bites, check the bag. Freeze-dried and fresh bananas should be fed in different amounts.
My dog doesn’t like bananas!
That’s okay! All dogs are different and there are SO MANY options out there for health dog treats. From sweet potato chews to frozen green beans you have options. Your dog might be a bigger fan of freeze-dried meat treats such as these Vital Essential Beef Liver treats.
Your dog might also like bananas in a different form. Try mashing them up and putting them inside of a KONG. Add a bit of xylitol-free peanut butter and kibble and BAM! You have a new, tasty treat.
Your dog may prefer a softer or firmer banana. Room temperature might be a no go but from the freezer? Worth a shot! Experiment and see what your dog might like.
Is your dog still not a fan? It’s best not to force your dog to keep trying something they have shown to not be interested in. Instead, eat those bananas yourself or if they’re ripe enough make some banana bread.
Can Dogs Eat Bananas?
Yes! Your dog can eat bananas in moderation without the peel. Bananas provide a good source of many vitamins and minerals as well as fiber.
If you can’t find fresh bananas or would rather have something more shelf-stable, banana chips are a great alternative. Keep an eye out for the sugar content when purchasing them or buy ones specifically marketed for dogs.
If your dog isn’t a fan on bananas that’s alright. There is a wide variety of healthy treat options. You’re sure to find one your dog likes.
How does your dog like bananas? Let us know in the comments.