Can dogs eat bananas?
High in potassium, vitamin C and vitamin B6, bananas are a great healthy snack for dogs, are good for dogs and even recommended by some vets as an alternative to treats. Bananas do contain a lot of sugar, so you need to feed these to your dog in moderation.
Bananas are high in fibre and magnesium which are great for gastrointestinal problems, bone growth and getting the most out of vitamins. A great tip with bananas is to cut them up in to small pieces and try freezing them. This changes the texture and makes it a whole new treat for your dog that you can feed alongside their normal dog food.
If you’re struggling with how much you should feed your dog bananas consult a vet. They’ll be able to tell you how much to feed alongside your existing diet to make sure you aren’t overfeeding your dog. A whole banana could be too much for some smaller dogs. If you do end up overfeeding your dog bananas, your pup could get an upset stomach and have some digestive issues in the short term, it could potentially lead to constipation too.
You shouldn’t feed the banana peel to your dog. The peel isn’t toxic to your dog, but it is hard to digest and could cause digestive issues. Don’t worry if your dog has eaten the peel but monitor them closely and consult a vet if anything seems out of the ordinary.
When you first introduce bananas into your dog’s diet you should monitor them closely and consult a vet if you see any signs of an allergic reaction (itching, sneezing, weight gain etc.) or sickness, digestive issues or blockage. It’s a good idea to avoid bananas if your dog is diabetic or has high blood sugar as bananas contain a lot of sugar.