Can Dogs Eat Bananas?
Once touted as the “world’s most perfect food,” bananas are the go-to healthy snack for humans, especially post-workout or mid-marathon. For dogs, however, while they can safely enjoy bananas, it’s best only in moderation.
Bananas are an excellent source of potassium and magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin C and fiber, and are low in sodium and cholesterol. However, they are unexpectedly high in sugar, so giving dogs a piece of banana should be relegated to a treat, not a regular part of their daily diet. Try mashing up a 1/3 of a banana and adding a little yogurt or peanut butter (xylitol-free) for a healthy snack, or slice and freeze bananas for bite-size nibbles on hot summer days.
Feeding your pup too many bananas can lead to gastrointestinal distress, either in the form of constipation or upset tummy. It can also result in hyperkalemia, which is an overabundance of potassium in the dog’s system. Additionally, banana peels can pose a problem if they block the intestines. Some pets have allergies, while others simply will not eat a banana. If you notice your pet has an unexpected reaction to banana, consult your veterinarian.
What About Dried Banana Chips?
Watch out for the sugar! Most dried fruits have high levels of sugar, and some manufacturers even go so far as frying banana slices as well – not healthy for a pup to eat! Your best bet is to make your own, like this recipe from Fido Bakery.
Curious about what is okay (and not so okay) for your dog to munch on? Check out our other articles on what human foods are safe for dogs.