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Can My Dog Eat Bananas?

Yep — bananas are a healthy and delicious treat for your pup.

by Daniela Lopez
June 4, 2020
A dog eating a piece of bread with bananas and peanut butter.
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Your favorite on-the-go breakfast is perfectly safe for your dog to eat. In fact, many dogs love bananas — and that’s a good thing since they’re high in potassium, fiber, and magnesium. That said, bananas are also high in sugar, which means you should give them to your pup in moderation. Keep reading to learn more about the health benefits of bananas for dogs, plus how to add them to your pup’s diet (tasty dog treat recipe included!).

The Health Benefits of Bananas for Dogs

Bananas are known to be one of the most nutritious fruits for dogs. With one banana containing just 105 calories, they make a great low-calorie treat for your pup. High in potassium (great for muscle and blood vessel function as well as for regulating the acidity of body fluids), fiber (a handy home remedy for the occasional bout of doggy diarrhea or constipation), and magnesium (important for energy transport and protein building in the body).

In addition to being high in fiber and potassium, bananas contain loads of vitamin B6 and vitamin C. Vitamin B6 helps metabolize proteins in the body and regulates blood cells that bring oxygen to the brain and muscles. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps reduce cell damage and build cartilage. Experts suggest that it’s better to get these nutrients through fruits and vegetables rather than supplements.

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How to Add Bananas to Your Dog’s Diet

Bananas are high in sugar, so moderation is key (and they might not be good for diabetic or overweight dogs). When giving your dog bananas, introduce them slowly and in small quantities. Gorging on this tasty fruit can give your dog a stomach ache. And you might find that your dog doesn’t like bananas. It happens. To feed your pup bananas, simply peel them and mash them. You can also add sliced banana as a topper to your dog’s food, or cut it up into pieces as treats. 

How to Make a Delicious Frozen Banana Treat for Your Dog

With just four simple ingredients you can make your dog this easy frozen banana treat. Feel free to add other tasty items like raspberries and strawberries. Makes 30 to 40 cubes.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups yogurt (plain, non-fat if needed)

  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1 ripe banana, mashed

  • Silicone mold or ice cube tray

DIRECTIONS

1. Melt peanut butter in microwave for about 30 seconds.

2. Place all of the ingredients including the softened peanut butter into a blender, mixer, or food processor and blend well (until smooth).

3. Pour the blended food into a silicone mold or ice cube tray.

4. Freeze until firm, typically overnight.

5. Pop out of the mold, and let your dog enjoy.

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Daniela Lopez

Daniela Lopez is a digital media specialist and long-time contributor to The Bark.