Dan Schaefer by Dan Schaefer October 01, 2020 3 min read

Written by: Alicia Boemi,Dogly Wellness Advocate & Canine Nutritionist

We humans often grab a banana for ahealthy snack or on-the-go treat knowing thisyellow fruit is packed with beneficial nutrients but arebananas good for dogs? Yes! Those same benefits of thissuperfood snack apply to our dogs as well! In this article we’ll talk all about how your dog can enjoy a treat of bananas and also cover a few safety measures to be aware of when feeding yourdog bananas. Whether you incorporate bananas as anoccasional treat or regularly into yourdog’s diet, rest assured knowing that this healthyhuman food is going to give yourpooch health benefits.

Dog eating banana

Are Bananas a Safe Snack for Dogs?

Bananas are asweet treat that do contain a decentlyhigh sugar content so it’s best to feed your dogsmall quantities of banana in order to avoidgastrointestinal problems orweight gain. Avoidinglarge amounts of bananas ensures that your dog gets the nutrient benefits that a banana can offer while not feeding your dog too much sugar. If you have a dog that is diabetic, it might be wise to skip feeding them bananas as a snack. You also want to make sure that you avoid feeding your dog thebanana peels. This can cause majorstomach upset as dogs cannot digest the peel and it can cause a blockage. While the peel is non-toxic, it is still unsafe to feed your dog. Stick to feeding the inside of the banana to yourpooch!

What are theHealth Benefits of Bananas?

Bananas are high in fiber and contain many vitamins, minerals, and even prebiotics that make them an optimal addition to your dog’s food while also providing atasty treat.

Fiber: Thefiber content in bananas can aid your dog’sdigestive system by soothing an upset tummy and even potentially alleviating diarrhea. Be sure to consult your dog’s veterinarian with any questions if your dog has persistent diarrhea.

Dog with banana peel

Prebiotics: Banana can aid in the digestion of food by naturally fermenting in your dog’s gut system which becomes food for probiotics and can create a healthy intestinal flora. 

Vitamin B6: Bananas containhigh amounts ofVitamin B6 which is a necessary vitamin for your dog’simmune system, hormones, and nervous system to function properly.

Potassium: Bananas are pretty well known for theirhigh amount of potassium, an important mineral and electrolyte to maintain water balance, kidney and heart function in a dog’s body.

Biotin:Biotin can help your dog’sdigestive system, coat, and skin and is found inhigh amounts in bananas.Biotin can often help dogs who suffer from dry skin. 

Vitamin C:Vitamin C is an important antioxidant to fight oxidative stress and reducecell damage in the body.Vitamin C can give a boost to your dog’simmune system so it’s a good thing bananas also contain this beneficial antioxidant which is very helpful to dogs of all ages.

Feeding banana to your dog

Feeding Bananas as a Healthy Treat to Dogs

Dog parents should be mindful when introducingnew foods and avoid feedinghigh amounts of anynew food to avoidstomach upset. Also, you should be aware that the size of your dog does matter when feeding supplemental foods such as a banana. If you have a very small dog, your pup should be fed a size-appropriate amount of banana. Even with a big dog, my advice is to feedsmall pieces and work your way up to a larger piece of this yummyyellow fruit. You can introduce bananas to your dog by feedingsmall pieces of mashed banana as theoccasional treat. You can freeze leftover bananas in small amounts and feed it to your dog at a later time. If your dog tolerates thesmall pieces of banana, you can give a bit more each time or add it regularly into your dog’s food.

You don’t have tomash the banana in order to feed it. You can also make frozen ‘banana chips’ by thinly slicing a banana and freezing the slices! Once frozen, feed abanana chip or two to your dog (even better on ahot summer day).

EasyBanana Dog Treats withPeanut Butter

Ingredients

  • Banana
  • Peanut butter (make sure it does not containxylitol which is deadly to dogs)
  • Dog treat chews (optional)

Instructions

Mash the banana well and mix it with 1 tsp-tbsp ofpeanut butter depending on the size of your dog. Slather over thedog treat and feed or freeze OR roll the mixture into bite-sized balls and freeze as its own treat! 

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Dan Schaefer
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