Can Dogs Eat Bananas?

Bananas are a popular fruit that are in season all year round.  We love to add bananas to protein shakes, slice on cereals or just on their own right out of the peel.

Bananas are filled with potassium and are very easy for us humans to digest.

But, is it safe your dogs to eat bananas too?

As with any new food, make sure to introduce bananas slowly to your dog to make sure your pup doesn’t have any sort of negative reaction.

Are Bananas Safe For Dogs to Eat?

dog eating bananaDogs can eat bananas because they are filled with many nutrients and are easy to digest.

However, bananas, similar to any human food, should be given to your dog as a treat and moderately.

Bananas are high in sugar which is why they shouldn’t be given to your dog on a daily basis.

Why Bananas Are Good For Dogs

Bananas are good for dogs because they are filled with Vitamins and a natural source of Vitamin C and Vitamin B 6.

They are even recommended by some vets as a tasty treat because they are low in cholesterol, sodium and high in potassium.

Bananas also have a high dose of magnesium which helps a dog’s bone growth while aiding in the absorption of vitamins and protein.

Bananas are also chewy and easy to digest.  Just don’t let you dog eat the peel!

Why Bananas Could be Bad For Dogs

Similar to most fruit, bananas have sugar which can cause dogs to gain weight, develop diabetes or gastrointestinal issues if consumed in large amount.

And the fiber can cause digestive issues in some dogs if they have too many bananas in one sitting.

Of course, you should never let your dog eat a banana peel as they can be very hard to digest.

Some dogs have been known to be allergic to bananas.  While rare, if you see any of the following symptoms, take your dog to the vet right away:

  • Coughing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Swelling
  • Hives

And, of course, you should not feed your dog any more bananas.

How To Feed Your Dog Bananas

If you would like to introduce bananas into your dog’s diet, the best person to talk to is your veterinarian.

Your vet can tell you the proper amount of banana that you can feed your pup based on your dog’s weight and diet.

Once your vet gives you the OK to try bananas, here a few ways your dog can sample them:

  • Peel a banana and put it in the freezer.  You can then cut the banana into small slices and feed your dog the bananas as a treat.
  • Mash up some bananas and put them in your dog’s wet food.  The sweet flavor might add a little variety to your dog’s regular food.
  • Use them as an incentive in a Kong, a toy or even puzzle as a treat to get them chewing and a fun different reward.
  • Put a couple of slices on top of your dog’s dry food to add potassium and a little variety.

Final Thoughts on Bananas for Dogs

Bananas are a nutritious, delicious fruit that your dog can enjoy in small doses.

Start slowly and see how your dog not only likes the potassium-filled fruit, but to make sure your dog does not suffer any gastric upset or any other unwanted reaction.

Of course, if your dog does have an adverse reaction or happens to eat a banana peel, make sure to take your dog to the vet immediately to get your pup examined.

If this is the case, pet insurance would help cover the costs of the medical bills and any treatment that might be necessary during the visit.

To learn more about human food that is safe and not safe for your pup, our ultimate guide to safe food for dogs is a great place to start!

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