There are a number of fruits and veggies that make wonderful treats for your dogs. But did you know that bananas are not only high in potassium but also vitamin B6? So, yes your dogs can absolutely eat bananas! Moderation is key though - just like with any fruit. A lot of fruit can cause diarrhea or gastrointestinal upset so use your best judgment.
Other great healthy snacks include carrots, apples, pears, blueberries, and cucumbers. Remember that grapes and raisins are NOT good snacks as they cause renal failure!
So stick to bananas if you have any concerns about what healthy snacks are OK to give your four-legged friends!
Are Bananas Good for Dogs?
Absolutely. In addition to being high in potassium, they are high in fiber, magnesium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. Skip the banana peel though as these may be tough to digest.
There is also a debate in the vet world about green vs. ripe bananas. Will your dog turn their noses up at a green banana?
And bananas even combat cancer cells! It's time to mash up some bananas immediately!
According to Dr. Jean Dobbs, "Additionally, bananas contain other antioxidants that destroy the free radicals associated with cancer, as they promote the formation of cancer cells in the bloodstream and tissues."
Pet lovers should also consider bananas for dog training activities! This super-food can be a great way to positively reinforce good behavior. Decrease your dog's regular diet the day you plan to use banana slices as dog treats. Using a dog toy combined with this tasty treat will teach your best friend how fun it is to sit and stay. A regular banana is fine to use for training.
The Health Benefits of Bananas
Where do we begin? Medical Today explains that the nutritional profile of a banana is:
- Vitamin B6 - 0.5 mg.
- Manganese - 0.3 mg.
- Vitamin C - 9 mg.
- Potassium - 450 mg.
- Dietary Fiber - 3g.
- Protein - 1 g.
- Magnesium - 34 mg.
- Folate - 25.0 mcg.
With this in mind, consider it as a topper or an occasional treat - similar to what you would do with pumpkin. Add a tablespoon's worth of mashed up banana to a meal and they'll love you!
Possible Side Effects?
The only side effect is that bananas are high in sugar.
So while a few slices make a nice addition to your dog's meal, be mindful of the sugar content if your dog has any health concerns and talk to your vet before giving this fruit as a snack. Also, talk to your DVM if your dog is obese or has dietary concerns.
Staff tip: Try mashed banana mixed in with your dog's food. Or mash it up and add it to your dog's fave kong or puzzle toy. And consider banana chips too!
Many dogs love peanut butter so consider a healthy snack that combines both!
Does your dog snack on bananas? Tell us in the comments if your dog has a fave fruit or veggie treat!