Does Your Canine Eat Bananas?

It’s true that dogs generally prefer meat. Fruits and vegetables make a great healthy treat for your dogs. As bananas are versatile and very inexpensive, they are an excellent starting point. Before we look at the health benefits of feeding your dog bananas, it is important that you know which parts of the fruit can be dangerous.

Due to these reasons, bananas should be given to dogs sparingly.

The Skin

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.

Serving Bananas

Ask your veterinarian before feeding your dog or puppy any new foods. They can tell you the best serving size based on his age, size and more. To serve your dog a banana, peel it and cut it into an appropriate size and share the treat with your pup.

The AKC warns: because of their high sugar content, bananas should be given as a treat, not part of your dog’s main diet.

If your dog doesn’t seem to like fresh bananas, try them frozen.

Health Benefits

Bananas are high in potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. In fact, veterinarians sometimes recommend this fruit as a healthy alternative to fatty, salty treats. The fruit is also high in fiber, which can help if your dog has gastrointestinal problems, and magnesium, which promotes bone growth and helps the body to produce protein and absorb vitamins.

How To Prepare Bananas For Your Dog.

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!

You’ll need:

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.