Asking the question: Can dogs eat bananas? Yes!
Benefits of Feeding Your Dog Bananas
Yes, dogs can eat bananas. The drool-worthy sweetness, the euphoria-inducing butt-aching texture, the squashing mushiness of pale yellow delight… that my friend is how a dog feels about bananas.
Essentially, bananas are great treats for dogs. Our vet at Banfield Pet Hospital believes that bananas are actually WAY better for dogs as treats than many other baked biscuit-like treats because it contains natural sugars. One thing to watch out for is to make sure that they are given as TREATS and NEVER become a replacement for their daily dose of dog-food meals.
Dogs can eat bananas, but take caution
Many vets who prescribe banana in small amounts for dogs with colitis and other bowel issues. The banana contains enzymes, which will soothe an irritated colon and slow spasms of the colon. In addition, they contain enough sugars to perk up a dog who needs a boost due to digestive issues.
With what other foods can dogs eat bananas?
One way to create a very delightful and yummy treat for your dog by using bananas is to cut a slice of banana and wrap it in one tablespoon of peanut butter. It is a very healthy and delicious treat for dogs of any breed or size.
Excessive banana can give your dog diarrhea so watch out for the amount you feed them. There is also a lot of potassium in banana so again excessive amounts can cause more harm than good. A little bit every day or a slightly bigger piece once in a while is completely fine. It is not recommended that dogs eat whole bananas.
While bananas are mostly good for dogs, you should stear clear of banana chips. Usually these things are made from a lot of sulfites and they can be bad for dogs. You should also make sure your dog does not eat the banana peel. There seems to be nothing wrong with eating the peel but I have also heard nothing good about it so I think that until further research is done, we should really avoid the peels. If any of you guys know much about banana peels, feel free to add that information in the comments section of this article.
How to Feed Your Dog Bananas
As mentioned before, the thing about bananas, and fruit in general, is the amount of sugar that they contain. Fruits require a certain digestive enzymes to break them down, and this enzyme is different from the one used to break down vegetables and meat. Because of this, if you feed fruits with vegetables and meats to your dog, they will not get fully digested. The sugary, undigested part sits in their digestive system and ends up aiding the growth of bad bacteria, which can lead to digestive and other health problems.
So the key to feeding fruits to your dog is when to feed it.
If you are feeding your dog a fruit before a meal, make it 1 hour before. This should give ample time for the fruit to get digested before the meat and vegetables.
If you are feeding after a meal, wait at least 2 hours after they have eaten. This way, the meat and vegetables have digested enough for the fruit to get digested properly.