As a pet owner, you might have wondered which fruits or vegetables are okay for your dog to consume. If you’ve ever asked, “Can dogs eat bananas?” the answer is yes.
Are Bananas Good for Dogs?
Bananas are high in potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. In fact, sometimes veterinarians recommend this fruit as a healthy alternative to fatty, salty treats. The fruit is also 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. However, like with any food item, you should only feed your dog bananas in moderation, especially since they contain a lot of sugar.
Can Dogs Eat Banana Peels?
Be wary of peels. While the peels are not toxic to dogs, they are hard to digest and may cause a blockage. Even without the peel, feeding your pup too many bananas can cause stomach upset. If you have any questions or concerns about how much to give your dog, consult your veterinarian.
How to Feed Your Dog Banana
In addition to giving your dog a piece of regular banana, here are some other ways he can enjoy the tasty snack:
- Mash it up with his food.
- Mix it into a little dog-safe peanut butter.
- Stuff it into a Kong and freeze it.
- Freeze the whole banana, peel it, and slice it.
DIY Banana Dog Treat
Many dogs will enjoy the sweet, starchy flavor of a plain banana, 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.
For more fruits that serve as great snacks for dogs, watch the video below:
Here at the AKC, we field many queries from anxious dog owners about what is and isn’t safe for their canine companions to eat. Questions range from the obvious (“Can dogs eat steak bones?”) to the trendy (“Can dogs eat quinoa?”) Check out more “Can dogs eat…” articles on AKC.org to see what foods could be harmful to your dog, including cherries, avocados, and onions.