can dog eat banana

Lots of us pet parents have stopped to wonder, “Can dogs have bananas?” because we know bananas pack a nutritional punch for us.

We’re all mammals, so it’s logical that foods that are good for people may work for dogs, too. Sharing snacks like bananas with our furry pals is easy, but are these treats really safe for them?

Dogs aren’t known for being picky eaters. My dog rates greasy hamburgers, colored chalk, roadkill, and tortilla chips an equal five-star rating. But just because they’re eager doesn’t mean these foods are safe for them.

To clear things up, we consulted Dr. Heather Berst, a seasoned veterinarian, for her insight on bananas and some healthy snacks that are safe for your pooch.

Are Bananas Good for Dogs?

Dog with a banana

Absolutely, yes, your dogs can eat bananas! Bananas are safe for them since no part of this fruit is harmful. 

Dogs can safely enjoy bananas and even get some health perks from them. But as with many fruits, it’s important to control how much they have. For smaller dogs and puppies, smaller portions help avoid tummy issues.

However, bananas are high in sugar, which can lead to health issues like weight gain or diabetes if overdone. If your dog is overweight or dealing with diabetes or other health concerns, it’s best to skip the extra sugar from bananas or other fruits.

Health Benefits of Bananas for Dogs

Dog holding a banana in mouth

Remember, giving your dog a small amount of banana won’t provide a big nutritional boost.

Still, bananas do contain several vitamins and minerals:

1. Fiber

Fiber is great for sorting out tummy problems, keeping poop regular and healthy.

2. Vitamin C

Vitamin C does wonders for teeth, bones, and cartilage. It’s a champ at boosting the immune system, aiding iron absorption, and speeding up wound healing.

3. Vitamin B6

Then there’s Vitamin B6, which lifts mood, keeps the brain sharp, balances amino acids, and strengthens the immune system against infections.

4. Potassium

Potassium? That’s an electrolyte that helps muscles work, keeps blood pressure in check, and manages fluid levels in cells.

5. Magnesium

Magnesium is a big supporter of nerve and muscle action, pumps up energy levels, might be good for the heart, and helps reduce inflammation.

6. Biotin

Biotin isn’t just about skin, hair, and nails. It’s a brain booster, fights inflammation, and gives the immune system a good kick.

Can Puppies Eat Bananas?

Puppy eating banana out of a woman’s hand

Offering your puppy bananas as a healthy snack is fine. Aim for about 2 to 3 slices a day for your little pal. But be careful not to overdo it—giving too many bananas (even without the peels) might upset their tummy.

Puppies often have diets made for their growth, so they don’t need to try all kinds of fruits and veggies. While it’s OK to treat them with some banana slices now and then, just keep it moderate to avoid upsetting their digestion.

Can Dogs Eat Bananas Peels?

Banana peel

When you offer your dog bananas as a treat, keep the peel away from them. Even though banana peels aren’t harmful by themselves, they often have a bunch of pesticides on them.

Also, they don’t break down easily and may clog your dog’s intestines, stopping anything from passing through. This blockage could affect how liquids and food move through their system.

Watch out for these signs of intestinal blockage:

  • Belly pain
  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Losing weight without trying
  • Not wanting to eat
  • Throwing up
  • Upset tummy with loose or hard poop

If you think your dog might have an intestinal blockage, get them to the vet clinic right away. If your vet’s closed, contact an emergency vet hospital for help.

Your vet might suggest anything from giving fluids to doing surgery, depending on how serious the blockage is.

Can Dogs Eat Dried Bananas or Banana Chips?

Can dogs eat banana chips

Avoid giving your dog dried banana chips for a couple of reasons. If they don’t chew them well, these chips can soak up water, expand, and block things up in their system, possibly needing surgery to fix.

Also, store-bought banana chips often have preservatives and too much sugar, which isn’t great for your pup.

Can Dogs Eat Banana Bread?

Dogs and banana bread

If your pup grabs a piece of banana bread off the floor, take a peek at the ingredients. Some banana breads might have things like xylitol, raisins, or nutmeg, which can be harmful to dogs.

If your dog munches on banana bread with harmful ingredients or you’re not sure what’s in it, get in touch with your vet right away.

If you’ve baked the banana bread yourself and you’re sure there’s nothing harmful in it, your dog should be OK. But keep in mind that sugary treats like this can upset your dog’s tummy. So, it’s not the best choice for a doggy treat.

Can Dogs Eat Banana Pudding?

Banana pudding

Steer clear of giving your dog banana pudding. It’s packed with preservatives, sugar, and maybe even other things that can be harmful to them. If your dog gets into some banana pudding, it’s best to reach out to your vet for guidance.

Can Dogs Eat Frozen Bananas?

Frozen banana bites on a plate

Alt text: Frozen banana bites on a plate

Feeding your dog a whole frozen banana is risky. It’s too much for their tummy and might lead to a blockage if swallowed.

But here’s a fun idea: mash up a small bit of banana, stuff it in your dog’s toy, and freeze it! It makes a yummy and playful treat for your furry friend.

Can Dogs Eat Bananas Safely: How Much Can They Eat?

Dog eating banana

Remember, treats, even the healthy ones, should only be 10% of your dog’s meals. The rest, 90%, should be from their balanced dog food. So, giving a whole banana is usually too much, especially for smaller or younger dogs.

Based on a dog’s weight, here are some safe serving sizes for bananas. Each “slice” should only be about ¼-inch thick:

Dog SizeWeight RangeRecommended Banana Serving
Extra-Small2-20 lbs.1-2 slices (for breeds like Pomeranians, Yorkies, Pugs, Chihuahuas,)
Small21-30 lbs.2-3 slices (for breeds like Basenjis, Miniature Australian Shepherds, Beagles)
Medium31-50 lbs.5-6 slices (for breeds like Basset Hounds, Australian Cattle Dogs, Border Collies)
Large51-90 lbs.Handful of slices (for breeds like Pit Bulls, Australian Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds)
Extra-Large91+ lbs.Half of a banana (for breeds like Newfoundlands, St. Bernards, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Great Pyrenees)

 Remember, these are approximate serving sizes, and it’s always good to monitor how your dog reacts to any new food.

If your dog gobbled up too much banana, watch for signs of a tummy ache:

  • Not wanting to eat or eating less
  • Feeling tired or sluggish
  • Drinking less water
  • Acting down or sad
  • Seeming uncomfortable
  • Doing weird things like licking or gulping air or objects

If you notice these signs, get in touch with your vet. And if things get worse with vomiting, lots of diarrhea, blood in vomit or poop, weakness, or collapsing, rush your dog to the vet pronto.

How to Feed Your Dog Bananas

Dog eating banana pieces

When giving bananas to your dog, stick to these easy rules to keep them safe:

  • Peel off the banana skin
  • Chop it into small bits
  • Offer it in small amounts

Here are a few safe ways to share bananas with your furry friend:

  • Mix mashed bananas with their food.
  • Fill your dog’s toy with mashed frozen bananas or a mix of peanut butter, mashed banana, and water. Freeze it for a doggy popsicle.
  • Cut bananas into ¼-inch slices and give them as treats.
  • Whip up a fruit smoothie by blending frozen bananas with dog-safe fruits like blueberries, strawberries, and plain yogurt (without sugar or xylitol).

Do Bananas Help a Dog with Diarrhea?

Bananas have fiber, which can ease doggy diarrhea. However, their sugar content might upset the tummy and cause diarrhea. Give bananas in small amounts, and keep an eye on your dog. If worried, visit the vet for help.

Can Dogs Be Allergic to Bananas?

Like people, some dogs can be allergic to bananas. Be cautious if it’s their first time trying bananas. Begin with a small piece and watch their reactions. Look out for vomiting, skin problems, diarrhea, or changes in their behavior.

What Happens If My Dog Eats Too Much Banana?

Too much banana for your dog can upset their stomach, leading to issues like diarrhea or vomiting due to the high potassium. Also, the sugars in bananas could increase your dog’s risk of diabetes. So, always give bananas to your dog in moderation.

Other Fruits Dogs Can Eat

dogs having fruits

Dogs love fruits as healthy snacks that boost immunity, help with metabolism, and keep them in shape without all the extra calories from regular treats.

Here’s a bunch of fruits that are safe and good for your dog:

  • Apples (without seeds and core)
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe (no seeds or rind)
  • Cranberries
  • Cucumbers
  • Kiwi
  • Mangos (no pit)
  • Oranges (in small bits)
  • Peaches (no pit)
  • Pears (without seeds)
  • Pineapple
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon (no seeds or rind)

For harder fruits, chop them into smaller, dog-sized pieces and get rid of any seeds, core, stems, or peels.

FAQs

How much bananas can you give a dog?

Big dogs can have half a banana daily, but small dogs stick to two or three small pieces a day. Keep an eye on your dog the first time they try bananas to watch out for any signs of allergies.

Can a dog eat banana?

Yes, dogs can eat bananas, but in moderation.

Is banana skin OK for dogs?

Bananas itself isn’t harmful to dogs, but the peel, being high in fiber, can be tough to digest and might lead to a blockage inside your dog.

Is 1 banana too much for a dog?

Big dogs can eat as much as half a banana every day.

Conclusion

Now that you know dogs can enjoy bananas, curious for more tips on feeding your furry friend? You can also check out our other blogs about different types of dogs. You’ll also uncover a bunch of other yummy foods dogs can happily munch on!

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