Bananas are an excellent source of vitamin B6 and soluble fiber. Bananas also contain vitamin C, manganese and potassium. It is believed that the consumption of bananas may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, breast cancer and renal cell carcinoma. The current world’s oldest man even claims that eating a banana everyday is the reason why he is still alive at the age of 112. Undoubtedly, bananas are good for us, but what about dogs? We’d like to see our canine friends live a long and fruitful life as well. So can bananas provide them with the same healthy benefits they provide us? Can dogs even eat bananas?
Can Dogs Eat Bananas?
Yes, dogs can eat bananas. In fact, bananas are quite good for them. However, you do need to be cautious. While dogs can eat bananas in low quantities, in high quantities, bananas will lose their health benefits and can even become harmful for dogs.
Feeding an excessive amount of bananas to your dog can result in stool problems, fermentation, digestion problems and growth of bad bacteria.
How to Feed Bananas to Your Dog?
As banana peels might contain bacteria, it’s advised to peel the banana before giving it your dog. You don’t necessarily have to slice the banana, but banana slices would be the perfect size to be used as treats. You can even add some peanut butter to the banana slices to make these healthy treats even more delicious and nutritious for your beloved dog.
So while dogs can eat bananas, it’s not wise to feed your dog a lot of bananas at once. Occasionally (once or twice a week) giving your medium or large breed dog one or two bananas would be okay. For a smaller dog, half of a banana would be enough.