can dogs eat bananas?

Weimaraner dog with banana in mouth | Can dogs eat bananas?
Posted by fetch! blog editors on Oct 22 2014

The only thing more delicious than a fresh, ripe banana is the smile on your dog’s face when you offer her a bite. But can dogs actually eat bananas? Yes! 

Are bananas good for dogs?

Bottom line: Yes, dogs can eat bananas. The sweet taste and creamy texture are right up there with ear-scratches on their list of favorite things, plus there are more health benefits for your dog than there are paw prints on your sofa!

Health benefits 

Peel a banana and you’ll find animo acids, electrolytes, vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium, fiber and manganese – all great additions to your dog's health. Bananas are especially beneficial for active, athletic dogs. The natural sugars metabolize quickly and provide an instant energy rush, so say bow-wow to an extra lap or two around the park!

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According to the USDA, a medium 7"-7 7/8" banana contains:

  • 105 calories
  • 0.4 g fat
  • 422 mg potassium 
  • 27 g carbohydrates
  • 1.3 g protein

The 27 grams of carbohydrates found in a medium banana include 3.1 g of fiber and 14 g of sugar. 

Are bananas bad for some dogs?

Be careful about over-feeding bananas, especially to overweight or sedentary dogs: the high sugar levels in bananas could contribute to weight gain and obesity. Follow the 90/10 rule and keep treats (including fruits) to less than 10% of your pet's daily diet. 

Can dogs eat banana peels?

It's not recommended. While there’s nothing toxic about them, the extra fiber in banana peels may be tough for some pets to digest. Smaller dogs, or dogs that favor gulping over chewing, may experience vomiting a few hours after ingestion – if that’s the case, clean it up and know better next time!

Related reading: Vomiting vs. regurgitation - what's the difference

How to feed bananas to your dog

Bananas are best served peeled to dogs in very small portions.

  • If you have a picky eater, top their normal dog food with a slice or two for a sweet treat.
  • Carry a fresh banana with you for an after walk reward!
  • Stuff a washable chew toy (like a Kong) with a bit of mashed banana and let your dog lick it clean

For an extra mellow-yellow treat, try whipping up this homemade banana treat recipe. Your dog will love them (and you might end up wanting one, too)!

Frozen peanut butter banana pops recipe

Ingredients:

 

  • 3 six-ounce containers of plain, low-fat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of low-sodium peanut butter
  • 1 four-ounce jar of banana baby food
  • 1 Tbsp honey

 

To make this recipe:


In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients. Blend well. Pour mixture into small cups (Dixie cups work well). Place dog bone in mixture (to serve as the handle). Freeze. Once frozen, peel away paper cup and serve!

 

Note: Hard frozen treats can sometimes lead to tooth and gum injuries - and costly dog insurance claims. Play it safe by holding the treat like a pupsicle and letting your dog lick away!

 

Safe fruits and vegetables for dogs

Did you know that dogs can eat other fruits, too? Learn which fruits and vegetables dogs can eat - and which ones they shouldn't - below:

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