Can dogs eat bananas? The short answer: yes, when served in small amounts.
Bananas are a convenient snack to pack when traveling with your dog. They are a great source of potassium, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin C. Bananas are also rich in carbs.
There is a difference between unripe and green bananas. Unripe bananas (that are still green) contain up to 80% starch measured in dry weight. During ripening, the starch is converted into sugars and ends up being less than 1% when the banana is fully ripe.
That being said, if your dog is overweight or diabetic, be careful of the high levels of sugar in bananas.
When are Bananas not healthy for dogs?
Bananas like many of the finer things in life are not good for dogs when eaten in excess.
Overfeeding of bananas has health implications such as:
- Weight gain
- Blood sugar irregularities due to high sugar content in Bananas
- Hyperkalemia (excessive potassium levels in the blood) which can cause heart problems
When fed to your dog in small pieces, bananas are healthy.
Are Bananas Good For Dogs?
Bananas should be fed to your dog as a special treat, not as a substitute for a meal.
Bananas are full of vitamins, minerals and have a number of health benefits.
Health Benefits of Bananas
- High fiber content: Bananas have a high fiber content that helps to resolve and prevent gastrointestinal problems in dogs.
- Magnesium: Magnesium is a mineral found in the earth, sea, plants, animals and humans. Magnesium helps to convert food to energy, create new proteins, and regulate the neurotransmitters which send messages throughout the brain and nervous system
- Vitamin C: Vitamin C provides an antioxidant boost to your dogs immune system and helps protect from cell damage.
- Carbs: Carbohydrates are a great store of energy for your dog.