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The quick answer: Yes, bananas are safe to feed to dogs in moderation—just remove the peel first!
Bananas, once touted as the “world’s most perfect food,” are the go-to healthy snack for humans, especially post-workout or mid-marathon. However for dogs, bananas are best enjoyed in moderation.
Benefits of bananas
High in fiber and low in sodium and cholesterol, bananas are a healthy treat for dogs and an excellent source of potassium and magnesium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. Bananas contain high amounts of naturally occurring sugars, so they’re best served in moderation. As a general rule, fruits should make up no more than 10-20% of a dog’s diet.
Hazards of bananas for dogs
Feeding too many bananas can lead to gastrointestinal distress, either in the form of constipation or upset tummy. Consumption of excess sugar can also lead to weight gain or cause complications in diabetic dogs. Too many bananas can also result in hyperkalemia, which is an overabundance of potassium in the dog’s system (however, it would require far more bananas than your dog is probably willing to eat to reach this point).
Though banana peels are not toxic, they are difficult to digest and can cause internal blockage if swallowed. 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.
Banana dog treat recipe
Add mashed banana to your dog’s food, freeze sliced bananas for bite-size nibbles on hot summer days, or add banana to homemade dog treats like the recipe below.
Easy pumpkin banana dog treats recipe from Pook’s Pantry
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 large banana, mashed
- 2 eggs, well beaten
- 3 cups of whole wheat flour, more as needed
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Mix eggs, banana and pumpkin together. Add flour and mix until all the flour is incorporated.
- Lightly dust the counter and a rolling pin with flour, then roll out dough to approximately 1/8″ and cut out treats.
- Lay on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes. Cool completely before serving.
Curious about what is okay and not okay for your dog to eat? Check out our comprehensive guide on what human foods are safe and not safe for dogs.