Strangely enough, yes dogs can eat bananas. In fact, veterinarians recommend that this fruit is fed to dogs rather than giving then fatty or salty treats. Bananas are low in cholesterol but rich in sugars so they should be a treat and not part of the dog’s regular diet.
The banana benefits
Bananas are rich in potassium, manganese, magnesium, vitamins B6 and C, copper and dietary fiber, all of which a very good for your dog. The potassium works to maintain the bones and blood vessels; the manganese works towards managing blood pressure. Magnesium is important for building protein and helping transport energy around the body, vitamin B6 helps the dog fight anemia. Vitamin C has many benefits including strengthening the immune system and dietary fiber helps keep the bowels healthy.
Be aware, though, that eating too many bananas may result in constipation so start off feeding small pieces and keep an eye on the dog’s health. If there are no adverse reactions, then keep them as a treat on a regular basis. Do not feed the dog the peels. Banana peels are tough to digest and may cause severe constipation.
Feeding your dog too many bananas can cause some problems. Having too much potassium in the bloodstream, known as Hyperkalemia, can cause heart problems. Bananas are rich in sugars which can result in weight gain and blood sugar irregularities when the fruit is eaten in excess.
Be aware that dried banana chips are extremely high in sugars so while they may be an ideal traveling treat, they can have some side effects if too many are given at one time.
The love for bananas
Medium and large size dogs can comfortably eat a half a banana each day while toy and smaller breeds shouldn’t get more than a couple of small pieces per day. If your dog is a working animal and burns lots of calories during the day, you can safely increase the amount of banana fed to the animal.
Many dogs will enjoy the starchy, sweet taste of raw banana but it is easy to mix them with another treat, such a peanut butter to make a tasty, nutritious treat. In hot weather, frozen banana chunks will go down a treat.
A Google Search will turn up many tasty treats using bananas that can be made for dogs. Oatmeal, peanut butter, and banana biscuits are simple to make, and your dogs will love them.
Like anything, some dogs will love bananas and others will not eat them for anything. If your dog is one of those that loves bananas, feed them to the animal but just watch to ensure he doesn’t gain weight!