Yes, dogs can eat bananas. Actually, many veterinarians even recommend this potassium-rich fruit as a healthy alternative to fatty, salty treats. Other benefits? Bananas are high in fiber, which can help if your dog is having gastrointestinal problems, and magnesium, which promotes bone growth and helps the body produce protein and absorb vitamins.
Ways To Feed Your Dog Banana:
- you can mash it up with his food
- mix it with a little yogurt or peanut butter
- stuff it in a Kong, and freeze it
- freeze, peel, and slice (this is the least messy option)
A Banana Recipe For Dogs You Can Make At Home
Many dogs will enjoy the sweet, starchy flavor of a banana on its own, but if you're feeling ambitious, you can make this tasty treat, no baking required.
- A ripe banana
- A scoop of peanut butter (first check that it doesn't contain xylitol)
- A slice of mild cheese
- A blender
- A fillable toy, like a Kong
- Combine the banana, peanut butter, and cheese in the blender until it reaches a smooth consistency.
- Smear it over the toy, and freeze.
As an sweeter alternative, you can blend and freeze canned pumpkin, yogurt, a banana, and honey.
Watch For Peels
Banana peels are not toxic to dogs but are hard to digest and may cause a blockage depending on the amount consumed and the size of the dog. Always consult your veterinarian if you suspect your dog ate anything suspicious.