Bananas are a healthy snack for humans, so it’s no surprise if you’re eating one in the morning and think to yourself, “Can I give this to Fluffy?” So, can dogs eat bananas?
Yes, bananas are a safe and healthy treat for your dog, but they should always be given in moderation. Too much of a good thing can cause health issues, particularly in the case of bananas. Potassium, which is a healthy mineral in moderate quantities, can lead to problems such as cardiac arrhythmias in large amounts.
The Benefits of Bananas
Bananas are loaded with vitamins and minerals. You’ll find vitamins such as vitamin B6, which is used by the body to make red blood cells and help promote brain health. This vitamin is one that your body can’t make, so you and your dog have to get it by consuming it.
Bananas also contain healthy amounts of vitamin C, which many people know of as relating to immune function. Feeding banana occasionally can help bolster your dog’s immune system.
As if those weren’t enough reasons to feed bananas, they also contain high levels of magnesium. This mineral nutrient helps promote healthy bone growth, which is essential for your dog’s musculoskeletal system, and it also helps the body absorb vitamins.
Finally, bananas are an excellent source of fiber. Fiber is essential to keep your pet’s bowel movements regular and help regulate the motility of your dog’s gut. If your dog suffers from constipation, your veterinarian may suggest giving a small snack of banana from time to time.
Considerations When Feeding Bananas
The biggest consideration when feeding bananas is that they are high in sugar. This high sugar level means they are not a good snack for pet’s with blood sugar issues, such as diabetics. When you look at what your dog eats during the day, you’ll want to limit their treats to no more than 10 percent of their diet each day, so you shouldn’t feed much banana in a single day.
High amounts of potassium are also bad for your dog. Elevated levels can cause heart abnormalities, such as arrhythmias. The good news is that if you’re feeding your dog a small amount of banana as a snack, you’re not going to reach a toxic level of potassium.
The entire banana is edible, but that doesn’t mean you should feed a banana peel. This tough, extra-fibrous protective layer around the fruit of the banana can cause intestinal obstructions in dogs, particularly small dogs, because it is hard to digest. Peel the banana before offering it to your pooch.
Tasty Banana Treats
Banana is great offered with a little bit of peanut butter. Just make sure the peanut butter does not have xylitol in it, an artificial sugar that can cause liver disease, weakness, and even seizures in your dog.
Freeze the banana, either whole or in slices, to make an icy treat for your dog to eat. Offering this is a great way to cool down on a hot summer’s day. Banana are a great treat to offer your pup in moderation. When you give the banana, peel it and consider offering it in slices, mashing it up, or even putting it in a Kong treat for your dog to eat.