We often hear or read contradictory recommendations on what dogs can or cannot eat and we get confused. For example, there are lots of recipes for ice cream for dogs or Kong filling ideas with banana. But is it safe to feed a dog banana? Yes, dogs can eat bananas, among many other things.
Bananas have plenty of benefits, so it's safe for your dog to eat a banana as long as it's in moderation.
Bananas are filled with potassium, vitamin B and C, fiber, copper, and manganese. However, they have also sugar (although less than other fruits, like apples). That's why dogs can eat bananas as a treat, not on a regular basis.
If you take a look to any natural dog treat, you'll see it probably contains banana.
Also ice cream for dogs usually contains bananas. And of course, the internet is full of Kong filling recipes in which the main ingredient is... bananas!
Benefits of Dogs Eating Bananas
- Potassium keeps the bones strong and blood vessel function in order
- Manganese assists with blood pressure levels and works as a calming effect on hyper dogs
- Vitamine B6 helps** fight anemia**
- Vitamine C helps maintain a strong immune system
- Fiber keeps the bowel movements regular
Side Effects of Bananas for Dogs
So, know you are certain that dogs can eat bananas. In fact, it is a very healthy snack for dogs! But, do you know why it is important that your dog doesn't eat too much banana?
Apart from the sugar, eating too much banana can lead to constipation. It can happen to you, and so it can happen to your dog too. Also, the potassium found in bananas is not that well tolerated in dogs in large amounts.
If your dog eats too many bananas, monitor him/her closely. In case your dog shows any symptoms such as diarrhea or constipation, vomiting, etc. contact your vet.
So, don't go bananas on... bananas!
How Much Banana Can My Dog Eat?
A small dog should not eat more than a few small pieces. The same recommendation goes for puppies. Large and medium breeds can eat half a banana couple of times per week.
This is just an estimation. You can adjust it depending on how your dog responds, and after talking to a veterinarian.