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Can Dogs Eat Bananas?

Charlie, Critter Culture Staff
Updated Jul 13, 2020

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Owning a dog requires a lot of homework. You need to read everything. You also need to know what food is best for them or whether they’re good with kids. It’s worth it to have a healthy pooch, but it’s definitely a continuous learning curve. If you have a dog, you’ll know those wide-eyed stares they aim your way when you’re eating. You know, the ones you can't say no to. Dogs like to eat, and most things are safe for them. But not everything. So, what can they eat? Can dogs eat bananas?

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Can Dogs Eat Bananas?

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Yes! It’s perfectly safe to give your dog pieces of banana. Let’s be honest; there’s nothing cuter than your pooch nomming people food. Especially people food that you wouldn’t necessarily expect a dog to eat. We’re not talking a little pastrami from your sandwich here: We’re talking bananas. If you think a dog nomming jerky is cute, just wait until you see them chow-chowing down on a banana.

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Are Bananas Good for Dogs?

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Bananas completely beat out a lot of doggy treats in terms of goodness. They're a natural source of vitamins B6 and C and a great source of potassium. Bananas are also low in cholesterol and high in fiber, meaning they're also a much better option than giving your pooch a few potato chips. Although bananas, in general, are good for dogs, it's wise not to give them too many at once. Then again, that's kind of a rule we should all follow.

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How Are Bananas Bad for Dogs?

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When we talk about fruit, we sometimes neglect to mention its least-healthy compound: sugar. Bananas, like most fruits and starchy vegetables, have a lot of sugar. While a low amount of any fruit shouldn't cause too many problems, too much could lead to health issues down the line such as obesity and gastrointestinal disorders. However, you'd also need to be giving Rover a lot of bananas for this to be an issue. As much as he'd like that, we both know he's not getting it.

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Are Bananas Toxic to Dogs?

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No, bananas aren't toxic to dogs or any domestic mammals. There's the possibility that your dog could be allergic, but this can also be said for any type of food under the sun. Including some dog food. Food intolerance issues all depend on the individual or, sometimes, certain breeds can have a higher chance of intolerance. Overall, however, bananas are neither bad for dogs or toxic for them.

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Can I Feed My Dog Bananas As a Treat?

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Absolutely. If you want to, you can give your dog a few slices of banana instead of traditional dog treats. Bananas are an incredibly heart-healthy treat. Plus, doggos just love them! With that in mind, you shouldn't feed your dog the banana peel. While they aren't toxic, they're extremely hard to digest. There are plenty of other things you can do with the peels like using the inside to soothe bug bites. Alternatively, you could also put them on your dog’s head. Seriously! It’s funny.

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How Can I Feed My Dog Bananas?

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Bananas are a great snack for dogs. As part of a healthy, balanced diet, these treats can be a highlight of the day. You can make the bananas into all kinds of different dog treats. Some of the most popular ways to feed your dog bananas are banana chips or frozen slices of banana. Frozen bananas are also an ideal way to keep your pup cool in the summer heat. Why not do one for him and one for you?

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Are Bananas Nutritionally Perfect?

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Some people say that bananas might be the world's most perfect food. This goes for your pooch, too, not just you. Bananas are a high energy food that contains their own enzymes to aid digestion. They can keep bowel movements regular and keep you full for a couple of hours. There's also research that says they can improve your mood. What better way, then, to treat your best friend?

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Can My Dog Eat Bananas if They’re on a Diet?

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Dogs on diets aren't just an idea for a funny Facebook post; it's beginning to be really common. Whether your dog's diet is down to them being overweight or a result of their age, it's a good thing to keep on top of. Bananas in moderation are completely fine for dogs on diets. Furthermore, also in moderation, the myth that bananas are fattening is just that. A myth.

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Can Bananas Cure Doggy Constipation?

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Because of the fiber content in bananas, they can prevent and relieve constipation in some humans. This same thing is true when it comes to doggo. Depending on the individual pooch, bananas could be a great way to relieve digestive issues and toilet troubles. As well as this making it easier on your dog, it also makes poop scooping much easier.

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Are There Any Side Effects for Dogs if They Eat Bananas?

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If your dog eats too many bananas, they might get constipation, diarrhea, or begin vomiting. This is, in part, to do with the volume of potassium in bananas. In small quantities, potassium is great or you and for your pooch. However, too much potassium can be the exact opposite. If your doggo does start to be constipated or vomit after eating a banana, it’s probably nothing, but you should see your vet just in case.

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