Gone are the days of the super-strict households who never let Fido eat a few scraps. Today we are realizing that a lot of the foods we are eating are healthy for your pets as well. So can a dog eat bananas? What about if a dog was to eat a banana peel? Shall we answer a few of your questions? Also, we answer can dogs eat banana chips? (We may even have a great recipe for this one)
But first, I want to take a moment right now to mention that any diet change should be discussed with your vet.
Are Bananas Safe For Dogs?
Bananas are in fact safe for your dog, but like most things in our life, they are safe in moderation. Bananas happen to be known as one of the most nutritious fruits for dogs. This is due to a high level of potassium, fiber, and magnesium. Banana is also jam-packed with loads of vitamins, including B6, and vitamin C.
One benefit that stood out to us was that bananas help to reduce cell damage and help build up healthy cartilage. This is especially great for any dog recovering from an injury. Furthermore bananas are a great alternative to saltier, fattier treats, but be careful about the sugar intake.
So to answer this question YES, bananas are safe for dogs.
Here is a breakdown of some of the health benefits between dogs and bananas.
- Fiber. Both soluble and insoluble fibers are present in bananas. Soluble fibers help maintain blood sugar levels and insoluble fibers help soften and regulate bowel movements.
- Potassium. For heart health.
- Manganese. Manganese helps produce collagen, which in turn protects the skin and bones.
- Vitamin B6. Helps the body produce red blood cells, metabolize carbs and fats, and keep the nervous system healthy. (Super Vitamin)
- Vitamin C. Helps the body absorb iron and protects against tissue and cell damage. In addition, it’s also great for skin, bones, and brain health.
Again everything in moderation, and we suggest talking with your vet before changing your pet’s diet.
Banana For Dog Diarrhea? Does It Work?
The worst is seeing your fur baby in pain. I’ve been there to witness the multiple days of diarrhea, and our poor pups deserve our help. I heard an old wives tale a while back and wanted to take a deeper dive to see how valid it was. Give a dog banana for diarrhea? Really? Turns out it’s the fiber in the banana that helps with gastrointestinal problems. Can help remedy even the most upset stomach, with just a few pieces.
So to answer this question, YES, you can give your dog some banana for diarrhea. Bananas are safe for dogs, however, we suggest cutting up about two small slices for small dogs, three for medium dogs, and four for large dogs. If diarrhea persists you should contact your vet right away and see what’s really up with your furry pal.
Can Dogs Eat Banana Peel?
The short answer is NO. I don’t believe
I would not give my pup the entire banana, peel, and all. The peel could get stuck in their digestive tract and lead to gastrointestinal problems, diarrhea, and even vomiting. The peel is very hard for them to digest, and could be very painful if it gets stuck. If your dog did eat the banana peel, monitor them, and make sure there is no blockage. If you believe your dog eats a banana peel and can’t pass it, contact your vet.
However bad the banana peel is for your pet, we do want to mention that the banana peel is non-toxic and won’t put your pup into a toxic shock, however, a blocked up bowel would be good for nobody. Always cut the banana in small bite-size pieces and always serve in moderation after consulting your veterinarian.
Can Dogs Eat Banana Chips?
Banana chips are a great treat for your dog. Full of energy, and gentle on your pup’s tummy. Banana chips are a great source of fiber, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C, also these banana chips are jam-packed full of the potassium your pet needs. The downside to serving bananas to your pup is the sugar… yup that darn sugar ruining everything again. Bananas contain a few different types of sugar and need to be given in moderation.
Check out this great recipe from Snoot and Toe Beans for the best Banana Chips for your pup. They are sure to love these healthy baked banana chips, you might even find yourself snatching a couple for yourself.
We do want to mention that if you are deep frying these, or buying store-bought we recommend these as a once in a while treat. Between the deep frying and the preservatives in the store-bought chips, you can’t tell the nutritional values any longer. Making them from home ensures a healthy snack that your pup is sure to love.
Bananas are one of the healthiest fruits you can give your pup, and many veterinarians recommend these fruit snacks over the very fatty, salty snack you find in the store. Opt for a healthy version and your pup will thank you for it.
If you have any banana recipes you want to share with us, we would be happy to share them in an upcoming post.
What about oranges… Are oranges safe, can dogs eat orange peels? Check out here.
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