can dogs eat bananas? here's an ap-PEEL-ing answer!

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Weimaraner dog chewing on a banana
Posted by Dr. Jules Benson on Oct 22 2014

Updated February 21, 2019

The only thing more delicious than a fresh, ripe banana is the smile on your dog’s face when you offer her a bite. But can dogs actually eat bananas? 

When you peel away the layers, the answer is downright fetching!

The health benefits of bananas for dogs

Bottom line: dogs can eat bananas. The sweet taste and creamy texture are right up there with ear-scratches on their list of favorite things, plus there are more health benefits for your dog than there are paw prints on your sofa! Peel a banana and you’ll find animo acids, electrolytes, vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium, fiber and manganese – all great additions to your dog's health.

Bananas are especially beneficial for active, athletic dogs. The natural sugars metabolize quickly and provide an instant energy rush, so say bow-wow to an extra lap or two around the park! Just be careful about over-feeding bananas to sedentary dogs: those same sugars could contribute to weight gain.

Can dogs eat banana peels?

While there’s nothing toxic about them, the extra fiber in banana peels may be tough for some pets to digest. Smaller dogs, or dogs that favor gulping over chewing, may experience vomiting a few hours after ingestion – if that’s the case, clean it up and know better next time!

Frozen peanut butter banana pops recipe

For an extra mellow-yellow treat, try whipping up these wag-tastic frozen peanut butter banana pops. Your dog will love them (and you might end up wanting one, too)!

You'll need:

 

  • •3 six-ounce containers of plain, low-fat yogurt
  • •1/2 cup of low-sodium peanut butter
  • •1 four-ounce jar of banana baby food
  • •1 Tbsp honey

 

To make this recipe:


In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients. Blend well. Pour mixture into small cups (Dixie cups work well). Place dog bone in mixture (to serve as the handle). Freeze. Once frozen, peel away paper cup and serve!

 

Note: Hard frozen treats can sometimes lead to tooth and gum injuries - and costly pet insurance claims. Play it safe by holding the treat like a pupsicle and letting your dog lick away!

Did you know that dogs can eat other fruits, too? Visit our Pet Poison Guide to learn more about what is (and isn’t) edible for your pooch.