Bananas are a great and healthy snack for humans. We love them for breakfast, or after a gruelling gym session, or split down the middle with a dollop of ice cream and fudge. But can we extend our love for bananas to man’s best friend? To find out whether dogs can eat bananas, and how they could eat them, keep reading.
Can Dogs Eat Bananas?
Bananas are a sweet, energy providing snack that come in their own little convenient, all-natural wrapper. They date back to 500 BC and there are over 1,000 different types of bananas that are grown in hundreds of countries across the globe. Humans love bananas! But can dogs actually eat these sweet yellow fruits? The answer to that question is yes! Dogs can eat bananas. However, it is important to remember that dogs might not get all the nutritional benefits that we humans get from bananas. But this doesn’t mean that bananas can’t be used as a sweet motivational treat for your dog. When it comes to puppies, it’s best to check with your vet. Puppies require a specific diet for their own growth and the added calories from bananas could interfere with their development.
Are Bananas Good for Dogs?
Senior Veterniary Officer at the American Animal Hospital Association, Heather Loenser DVM, says that dogs can eat bananas as a snack in conjunction with a complete and balanced commercial diet. ‘Like anything, its about moderation’.
Its best for your dog to eat a peeled banana, but if he does nibble away at the banana peel – not to worry! Banana peels aren’t toxic to dogs. They might get a reaction of throwing up or diarrhoea, but this isn’t because your dog can’t eat it. This is simply due to the dog’s system not being accustomed to digesting all the fibre in a banana peel.