Are Bananas Bad For Dogs?

Bananas contain essential vitamins and minerals such as potassium, vitamin B6 and Vitamin C. Bananas are also free from fat, sodium, and cholesterol, making them a healthy snack for humans.  So can dogs eat banana?

Because they are fruit, bananas, like other fruits, contain fructose. Fructose is a naturally occurring sugar found in fruits.   While fructose is considered okay for dogs to eat, it is still sugar.  Thus, banana, like any treat food, should be fed to your dog in moderation.

Can Dogs Eat Banana Peel?

While banana flesh is safe for your dog to eat, be careful about feeding them the peel.

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Banana peel is not toxic for dogs, but it is hard for dogs to digest and is known to cause digestive upsets.  Signs of a digestive problem caused by your dog eating banana peel can include sickness or a blockage.  An intestinal blockage can be a serious condition.  If your dog shows signs of obstruction (vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, trouble going to the bathroom, or dehydration), have him checked by your veterinarian. The severity of the obstruction depends on the amount of peel consumed and the size of the dog.  

As well as creating gastrointestinal upsets banana peel is also a potential choking hazard.  Best to ensure that your dog does not have access to any banana peel.  Using a garbage disposal is a good option for banana peel if your dog likes to get into the garbage bin.

Can Dogs Eat Banana Chips?

Banana chips can be made two ways, either dried or fried. Dried banana chips are made by dehydrating slices of ripe banana, either in a food dehydrator or in an oven. In comparison, unripe banana slices are deep-fried in vegetable oil.  

As well as the preparation method of banana chips, be aware of added sugar to commercially prepared banana chips through the addition of sugar or honey to the banana slices.

Dried banana chips should be treated as slices of fresh or frozen banana and fed in moderation as a treat.  Avoid feeding your dog fried banana chips as the addition of fat through the deep-frying process adds considerable unnecessary calories to your dog’s diet.

Is Banana Safe For Dogs?

Banana is safe for most dogs to eat in moderation as a treat food.  Due to the sugar content of bananas, their calorie content must be included as part of your dog’s daily calorie allowance.  If you have any concerns regarding your dog eating sugar, consult your veterinarian to ensure that bananas are safe to feed your dog.

How Much Banana Can I Give My Dog?

Check with your veterinarian for advice on firstly, if bananas are a suitable treat food for your dog, and secondly, how much banana you can give to your dog.  Your veterinarian will be able to advise you on how to modify your dog’s diet to allow for those banana dog treats.

So … Can Dogs Eat Banana?

Yes, dogs can eat banana.  There are a few ways of giving bananas to your dog.  

  • Peel and cut a banana into treat sized pieces and feed to your dog.  
  • Freeze the entire banana, then peel and cut into treat sized pieces.  Or mash banana flesh put inside a Kong, and freeze.  Frozen bananas are excellent for a hot summer’s day.

If you give your dog banana treats, let us know your dog’s favorite way of eating them by leaving us a comment.

Article written by Author: The Dog Daily Expert

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