Can I Give My Dog A Banana?

Can I Give My Dog Banana?The banana, without a doubt, makes for a very healthy snack. This nutritious fruit is eaten so routinely that pet parents often wonder about sharing with family dog.

More than ever folks are sharing wholesome human foods with their pets. Conscientious canine lovers will be happy to know that bananas are not only harmless but can actually be healthy for dogs.

Some fruits are potentially toxic for four-legged friends, but a banana is not one of them. That’s great news but read more to find out why you still need to restrict your dog’s portions.

Can I Give My Dog a Banana? Answer: Yes

You can definitely share some but do so in moderation.

Bananas can be beneficial for dogs. They make for a great treat but, obviously, you should never include the peel. The high levels of vitamin B, vitamin C, fiber and potassium may provide some of what your dog may lack in their regular meals. Of course, a banana cannot replace what canines really require which is a quality meat-based canine-formulated diet. So limit this fruit by restricting it to snack status.

Speaking of snacks, there’s a low-priced but quality dog treat made with real bananas. It contains no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives and does the trick!

Banana’s Bountiful Benefits

Fruits, in general, are well known to contain high levels of vitamins and minerals. The sweet tasting banana, in particular, is considered to be one of the most nutritious. It’s low in sodium yet high in antioxidants which could benefit your dog’s skin and coat. Further, the vitamin C may fortify their immune system while the soluble carbs can boost energy levels.

There’s no doubt that the banana can be beneficial not only for people but for animals as well.

For Canine Digestive Health

Some vets recommend feeding ripe bananas to dogs with colitis (inflammation of the colon) and for other bowel problems. The enzymes within can soothe irritations in the intestines. Spasms of the colon may also be better controlled by including ripened banana in your dog’s diet. On the other hand, too much could have the opposite effect which is why portion size matters.

Please Do Not Go Bananas!

Share amounts that are appropriate for your dog’s size and weight. Anything more may be problematic for reasons which we’ll soon explain. Typically, large to medium-sized breeds can be given half a banana a few times per week. Smaller breeds should only be eating a few small pieces. These estimates are conservative and you can adjust them as you see fit.

More Reasons for Moderation

The potassium found in bananas, while very healthy, isn’t as well tolerated by dogs when given in large amounts. Excessive potassium, or Hyperkalemia, can also lead to heart problems in canines. While feeding a banana may help with digestion, too much of any type of fruit can negatively affect your dog’s digestive tract in the form of constipation and/or cause an upset stomach.

So, to be very clear, feed your dog the occasional banana but limit the amount.

Using Bananas as K9 Treats

Small pieces of banana make for great treats. Use one as a reward but avoid feeding your dog things like processed banana chips due to the added preservatives. The point is to provide natural whole foods instead of recipes containing harmful chemicals and many unknowns. If you bake something for your dog that contains bananas, exclude potentially dangerous ingredients such as raisins and most nuts.

There’s an excellent banana and peanut butter doggie treat which we also recommend.

Conclusion on Bananas

High in fiber and vitamins, bananas can be a healthy treat for your dog. Your vet may even recommend adding some banana for improved digestion. Nevertheless, feed this fruit in moderation since too much may have the opposite effect on your dog’s digestive system. Minimize the potential for choking by removing the peel. We recommend slicing your bananas up into small pieces so you can reward Fido at an enjoyable pace.

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Rob & Nikki February, 2016

Our dog Rocky decided he wanted a piece of fruit and he eat a whole bunch of bananas. He obviously thinks he’s a monkey.


Adelle January, 2016

My English Staffy has about 1/4 to 1/3 of a banana a day. He loves them and has not had any problems.


Paul December, 2015

My 18 month old Dalmatian gets one banana mixed with dry food in the morning and evening. He loves it and has normal stool. He’s strong and healthy. Should I reduce it to 1/2 banana each meal? He runs every morning in Central Park off leach for 1 hour, so he has lots of exercise.


Joan July, 2015

Dogs do not need meat to be healthy. There was a dog that lived to be 27 on a vegan diet. You never hear that with meat eating dogs. You do need to do research though, because there are some fruits and veggies dogs are not supposed to have.


Darion July, 2015

Dogs are carnivores which means they need meat in order to be healthy. You can’t make your dog a vegan because you heard one story about a dog living to be 27. Dogs need meat in order to get the correct nutrients. If you are forcing your dog to be a vegan that is animal abuse.


Daniel August, 2015

Darion, this is a common misconception, but it is not true. There are now many vegan dog kibbles that provide all the essential nutrients above and beyond AAFCO standards. You may want to do some research on V-Dog or Natural Balance Vegetarian formula which are both vegan and vet-certified. Feeding one’s dog a nutritionally complete vegan diet is by no means abuse.


Rebecca June, 2015

My Staffy cross goes nuts for bananas! He loves them and wants one as soon as I bring some home from the shops. Yesterday my mum dropped a banana on the floor and she luckily got it before he did. When I eat a banana he always sits in front of me begging for a piece.


Beth March, 2015

Ever since reading this, my puppy loves to have her banana and hasn’t experienced any problems at all!


Kit March, 2015

I have been feeding our Corgi some banana for a couple of days as a suggested supplement to combat his coprophagia habit. I probably overdosed him a bit and he’s had loose stools overnight which are slowly improving. I started him out with about half a banana per day, taking a break for a day or two, then trying a couple of slices with each meal. Other than his loose bowels, he is displaying normal behavior otherwise.


Jean November, 2015

Kit, I have a Corgi with a coprophagia habit as well. When you say yours is now displaying normal behavior, do you mean the banana stopped him eating poop? I’ve just started giving my dog a couple slices of banana with his breakfast; no loose stools or constipation noted, but he’s still interested in eating everyone’s stools at the dog park. I pick up after him immediately, so he can’t eat his own anymore. I’d be interested in hearing what success, or otherwise, you have had with banana as a deterrent.


Sue March, 2015

My 3 year old Shih Tzu looks at the fruit basket every morning and whines for his banana. I’ve given him one every day for the last couple of months. He hasn’t shown any digestive issues. I hope it’s okay because he really enjoys one for breakfast!


Irene January, 2015

My 10 month old Lab ate 2, possibly 3 very ripe bananas two days ago and has had diarrhoea for the last 24 hours. Could this be the bananas or just a coincidence? I’ve given diarrhoea tabs and Pro-Kolin paste but it’s not having an effect. She’s lively and drinking plenty, as far as she’s concerned it business as usual. Should I be worried?


Panos January, 2015

I gave my 6 month old Cocker Spaniel a little piece of banana and she just licked it for a while. She usually eats anything she finds. What do u think? Is that a breed issue?


Hunter March, 2015

I highly doubt it to be a specific breed in general, as most dogs will eat most of the food given to them. I believe it’s just personal taste of the dog, just like for people.


Peggy January, 2015

I have a Labrador and when I have a banana she expects to have a little as well. She loves them and has not come to any harm from them.


Kim December, 2014

My Aussie just devoured 4 bananas when he knocked the fruit bowl off the counter. He ate the skins of probably 2 of them. He has food guarding issues so I was unable to get the bananas away from him. Will this amount harm him, other than causing a bit of constipation?


James December, 2014

Hi Kim. He should be fine by now. Please update us on your dog when you have the time.


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