By Andrew Fischer
Can Dogs Eat Bananas?
The short answer is “yes”, Labradors and other dogs can definitely eat bananas.
Bananas provide a great source of potassium, vitamin C, fiber, and offer many benefits for our health.
Dogs can eat bananas, but should eat them only in small quantities. Too much banana can cause your dog a diarrhoea, vomiting, cardiac arrest and other health issues.
When are bananas bad for dogs?
Dogs should avoid eating too much bananas because they are relatively high in carbs and sugars.
Bananas eaten in excess can cause constipation, heart issues, weight gain and even cardiac arrest.
The high sugar content in bananas often causes obesity in dogs that tend to overeat them.
You should contact your vet if you believe that your dog has overeaten bananas.
To avoid your dog eating too much banana, follow the 90/10 rule. This rule is based on a theory that 90% of your dog’s daily calorie intake should come from his regular dog food and the 10% can come from treats including bananas.
When are bananas good for dogs?
Bananas are quite safe for dogs when fed as an occasional treat. Bananas should only be given as a treat and not as a substitute for a balanced diet.
Bananas have also a number of advantages over other types of treat. They are full of minerals, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, biotin, magnesium, potassium and copper. All of these are extremely beneficial to the overall health of your dog.
High fiber content in bananas helps to prevent digestion problems in dogs. You can try to put a few small pieces of bananas into your dog’s bowl if he is having diarrhoea.
Bananas are also high in potassium, which is an element needed for muscle development, kidney functions, and for regulating an optimal fluid balance in your dog’s body. Potassium also promotes healthy bone density.
Magnesium is great for a proper bone growth.
Vitamin C is a great anti-aging agent. It also helps to reduce inflammation. Vitamin B6 is necessary for the production of glucose. Both of these vitamins positively affect your dog’s immune and nervous systems.
Biotin is essential for your dog’s skin and coat health.
Bananas are also rich in vitamin A, iron, zinc, niacin and folate. All of these are essential for your dog’s health.
Tips on Feeding Dogs Bananas
Bananas are high in sugar so they shouldn’t exceed more than 10% of your dog’s daily calorie intake.
Avoid giving your dog bananas every day. A small portion (one third of a banana) twice or three times a week is still fine.
Sliced fresh bananas are an especially popular way to serve them to dogs. Some dogs prefer frozen bananas. Dogs also love bananas if you mash them up with their regular food.
Thanks to the banana’s mashable structure you can top your kibble with fresh mashed bananas.
You can also mix some bananas with oats and peanut butter and bake it. Dogs love that treat.
Always ask your veterinarian before feeding your dog or especially puppy bananas. Your vet will be able to tell you the best serving size for your dog based on his age, size and health.
Can I give banana peels to my dog?
You shouldn’t give banana peels to dogs. They are very hard to digest.
Ingestion of banana peels often leads to vomiting and constipation.
If your dog eats a banana peel by mistake, monitor him closely to find whether his defecation is regular and normal and whether he vomits or not.
Always remember to remove the banana peel. Dogs don’t know that banana peels are not easily digestable. To them the peel smells the same as the banana inside so they often try to swallow both. This may lead to painful gastrointestinal problems.
If you know that your dog likes to eat from the trash, make sure to dispose of banana peels properly so that your dog cannot find them and eat them.
Can dogs eat dried bananas?
You shouldn’t feed your dog dried (baked) banana chips, because they contain too much sugar and preservatives.
How much banana can I give to my dog?
Bananas are high in sugar so you should never give your dog more than 10% of his daily calorie intake in the form of bananas. In other words, at least 90% of your dog’s daily calorie intake should come from their normal food.
Besides that, make sure not to give your dog too much banana at once. You should never give more than half of an average sized banana to bigger dogs (like Labradors) at a time. For smaller dogs (like French Bulldogs), limit the portion to one quarter of an average sized banana a day.
Too much banana can cause your dog constipation
Bananas have a high fiver content. Fiber cannot be properly digested by dogs so it helps push food through their bowels. That’s why they are great for relieving digestive problems in dogs.
However, too much banana can cause constipation. As we explained above, bananas contain high quantities of undigestible fiber. That’s why too much banana can cause a blockage in your dog’s digestive system.
Too much banana can cause weight gain
Bananas are very high in sugar. There is around 12 g of sugar per 100 g of banana.
Too much sugar causes excessive weight gain, diabetes, heart attacks etc.
Therefore, bananas should be given to dogs in moderation.