Can Dogs Eat Bananas as a Treat?
Looking for a healthy, natural treat for your sweet pup? Bananas can be a great substitute for buying treats at the store. But check out the health benefits and the proper ways to serve them.
By Hungry Bark | November 1, 2021
If you’re looking for fun, easy, healthy treats to feed your dog at home, try fruit! But be careful… Not all fruits are created equally. Some fruits are just as healthy and delicious for dogs as they are for us. And some contain substances that can be toxic to dogs. So it’s always important to do your research ahead of time, and make sure you know which is which.
And don’t forget—although some fruits are safe and healthy, they need to be cut up and served a certain way. Typically, they need to have the core, stems, and seeds removed. And sometimes the skin of a fruit isn’t safe for pups, and needs to be removed as well.
We’ll help answer all of your questions about feeding bananas to your pooch—in the proper way, and with the proper amounts. Plus we’ll give you a handy list of other safe and non-safe fruits for your precious furbaby to eat. Check out the info. below!
Are Bananas Toxic to Dogs?
Don’t worry… Bananas are very safe, and even healthy for dogs to eat. There is no part of a banana that is toxic to a dog. But be careful—bananas should only be given in small amounts because of their high sugar content. And dogs should not eat the banana peel. It is difficult for a dog to digest the peel and could cause an intestinal blockage.
What are the Health Benefits of Bananas?
Not only are bananas safe for dogs to eat as a treat, they are extremely nutritious. Bananas are chock full of vitamins and healthy goodness listed below:
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin C
These health benefits can help your dog get the vitamins they need, and have better digestive health from the fiber. Plus, the magnesium will help them with bone growth, producing protein, and absorbing vitamins.
Can Dogs Eat Banana Peels?
As we mentioned above, you should make sure that your dog doesn’t get a hold of the banana peel. Although they are not toxic, banana peels are large, hard to digest, and can cause intestinal blockage that could greatly harm your dog.
If your pup does end up eating a banana peel, please contact your veterinarian immediately for further instruction and advice.
How to Serve Bananas to My Dog
Since bananas are such a healthy treat, why not give them a try with your little furbaby? There are a few different ways that you can serve them up to your pup.
- Mashed – You can mash up the banana and mix it in with their food.
- Chopped – You can cut it up into small chunks or slices.
- Frozen – You can peel the banana, freeze it whole, and then cut it into small, edible pieces. Or try cutting it before you freeze it, spread the pieces out on a cookie sheet so they don’t stick together, and then freeze them.
- KONG – Mash up the banana and stuff it into a KONG or other similar-style toy or bone. And then freeze it. This will make for a nice time-consuming treat later on.
- Mix It – Mash up the banana, and mix it with some peanut butter. Just remember peanut butter without sugar is best, and you should never give your dog peanut butter that contains xylitol because xylitol is toxic for dogs.
Homemade Dog Treat – Because of the banana’s versatility and safeness for dogs, it’s often used in homemade dog treat recipes. You can find tons of them on Pinterest.
How Much Banana Can I Give My Dog?
Keep in mind that although bananas are super healthy for you and your pup, they also contain a high amount of sugar. And because of this—they should only be given in small amounts.
This rule applies for treats of any kind… Everything in moderation. A dog’s treats should only make up about 10% of their diet—even healthy treats. Because dogs require 90% of their diet to come from their nutritionally-balanced dog food.
And when it comes to sugary foods—giving your pup too much sugar consistently over time can not only cause obesity, but it can also cause problems with diabetes and heart disease.
What Fruit is Bad for Dogs?
There are many other fruits that are safe for your dog, and some that aren’t. If you’re not sure which is which, you can click here to find more Hungry Bark articles about which fruits you can safely feed your dog.
It is important to look into the safety of different foods before you feed them to your dog. Because some foods that are safe for us can actually be toxic for your dog. Watch out for the fruits listed below.
Fruits Dogs Can’t Eat:
- Grapes & Raisins
What Fruits are Good for Dogs?
You might notice symptoms like gas, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach upset, inflammation, skin rashes or irritation, and excessive licking. For most dogs, this shouldn’t be a problem. But in the same way that every human is different—so is every dog! And you’ll want to keep an eye out for these allergic reactions.
So if you’d like to try giving your pooch some plain, air-popped popcorn as a treat… just start with a few pieces here and there to see if they have any kind of bad reaction. If they do, stop feeding them popcorn. And if the symptoms are severe, you should talk with your vet.
What Foods are Bad for Dogs?
We are always striving to help pet parents find the important information they are looking for to keep their furry best friends safe and healthy. We care about your dog’s safety just as much as you do. So if you want to find some other safe and nutritious fruits to feed your pup, check out this list.
Fruits Dogs Can Eat:
What is the Healthiest Food to Feed Your Dog?
Wondering what food to feed your dog? Not sure if they are really getting a well-balanced diet from their current dog food? Check out Hungry Bark!
At Hungry Bark, we only use high quality human-grade ingredients in our dog food. Our recipes are nutritionally-balanced and contain important superfood ingredients to help your dog feel their very best.
All ingredients used are ethically sourced, and our recipes are prepared in a kitchen where they are slow-cooked to preserve important nutrients in every meal.
For more articles with helpful pet parenting advice and dog nutrition, check out The Daily Bark blog on HungryBark.com.