Can dogs eat bananas?
Bananas are edible and a delicious treat for humans. The sweet yellow fruit can be used in cereal and as a healthy snack in between our meals. The question has always been, can dogs eat bananas? Yes, other than humans, dogs can also eat bananas but in moderation.
Bananas are safe to eat and a good source of manganese, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, fibre, copper and biotin. In addition, bananas are low in cholesterol and sodium. However, bananas are high in sugar content therefore dogs should not eat them as a usual part of their diet but as a treat.
Bananas nutritional value
Giving your dog little portions of a banana can provide him with some nutritional benefits and a tasty treat too. Bananas are rich in vitamin C and potassium.
Vitamin C is generally a water-soluble vitamin not stored in the body. In fact it passes through the kidneys and excreted when dog urinates. Vitamin C usually sits in the dog’s bladder making the urine more acidic preventing bacterial growth that can cause bladder infections. In addition, Vitamin C boosts your dog’s immune system and plays an important role in bone formation usually in growing puppies.
Potassium is an electrolyte and mineral that works within the body’s cells so as to regulate enzyme function and further maintain healthy nerves and muscles. Potassium is also important for maintaining a favourable fluid balance in the dog’s body.
Bananas have low sodium content, but they contain antioxidants. These antioxidants play a vital role of preventing some cancers and maintaining your dog’s healthy coat and skin.
Bananas usually contain a high amount of soluble carbohydrates. These carbohydrates are converted to natural sugar in the body resulting in energy boosts. The boosts in energy can be essential for hunting and active working dogs.
Even though bananas have a great nutritional value, do not feed your dog with too many bananas. This is necessary to avoid consumption of potentially harmful levels of carbohydrates and potassium. Anyway it is fine to offer medium and large dogs one inch of a banana daily. You should also always consider buying some banana chips from natural food stores and choose those that don’t contain any sugar additives.
Bananas are quite good for dogs, but they should be eaten in moderation. You need to be very cautious when feeding your dog with bananas. This is because high quantities of bananas tend to lose their health benefits and become harmful for dogs. Some common side effects of feeding a lot of bananas to your dog include; bad bacterial growth, fermentation, stool problems and digestion problems.
Feeding banana treats to your dog
Banana treats are good for your dog on hunting expeditions, agility courses and hiking trails. In fact natural whole food treats are preferred to commercial dog treats that are high in calories and can contain dangerous preservatives or chemicals that can shorten dog’s life spans. Example of a good homemade dog treat Blueberry dog treat with banana and oats
You can give your dog a banana treat once every day to feed. Occasionally offering your medium/large breed dog one or two bananas once or twice a week would be okay. For smaller dogs, half of a banana is enough.
Banana peels may contain bacteria hence you should always peel the banana before feeding your dog. Banana slice have perfect size for treats. Adding a small amount of peanut butter to the banana slices makes the treats healthier, more nutritious and delicious for your beloved dog.
Ripe bananas are an excellent ingredient for baking homemade dog biscuits and sugar free miniature muffins. Anyway, you should always stick to recipes specifically designed for dogs for some ingredients people enjoy in their muffins and cookies, such as nuts and raisins, are very toxic for dogs.
Another great treat idea is plain yoghurt. You can mash an inch of a banana into fat free plain yoghurt and feed your dog. Remember dogs are not fastidious about size or presentation of their treats. You can have treasured bonding time with your dog when presenting him with banana treats.