Yes, dogs can eat bananas.
As an increasing number of today’s pet owners are embracing natural, whole foods in their own menus, many strive to feed their beloved dogs in the same healthy manner - especially given the disturbing research that has shown just how incredibly bad (and dangerous) commercial dog food can be for your dogs.
If you are looking for a natural food to offer your faithful friend as a treat, many dogs enjoy the sweet flavor of bananas.
THE BANANA’S NUTRITIONAL VALUE
Offering your dog a small portion of a banana will provide him with a tasty treat and some nutritional benefits also. Bananas are rich in potassium and vitamin C.
Potassium is a mineral and electrolyte that works from within the body’s cells to regulate enzyme function and maintain the health of nerves and muscles, including those of the heart. Potassium is also essential for maintaining an optimal fluid balance in your dog’s body.
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, which means that it does not get stored in the body. It passes through the kidneys and is excreted when your dog urinates. As the vitamin C sits in your dog’s bladder, it makes the urine more acidic. This is helpful in preventing the bacterial growth that can lead to bladder infections. Vitamin C also adds a boost to your dog’s immune system, and it plays a role in bone formation in growing puppies.
Bananas are low in sodium, and they contain antioxidants. Antioxidants play roles of preventing certain cancers and in maintaining your dog’s healthy skin and coat.
NATURAL SUGAR FOR ENERGY
Bananas contain a high level of soluble carbohydrates, which convert to natural sugar in the body. This results in a boost of energy, which can be helpful for active working and hunting dogs.
Consider purchasing some banana chips from a natural food store, and opt for those that do not contain any added sugar. These treats are easy to tote along on hiking trails, hunting expeditions or to the agility course. They may also be given as rewards during training.
Natural, whole food treats should be used instead of commercial dog treats. Commercial dog treats can contain dangerous chemicals and preservatives that shorten canine lifespans.
In the case of bananas and other fruits, your dog can have too much of a good thing. Give him the treat sparingly, or he will end up consuming potentially hazardous levels of potassium and carbohydrates. One inch of a banana offered daily is fine for most medium and large dogs.
OTHER BANANA TREAT OPTIONS
If you enjoy baking and wish to conjure up some homemade dog biscuits, a ripe banana makes an excellent ingredient for the mixing bowl. Many dog owners are turning to dog biscuit recipes to replace the commercially prepared, high-calorie treats.
For an extra special biscuit that your dog will love, consider baking a batch of peanut butter and banana biscuits. The one banana will be dispersed throughout the batch, which will eliminate the possibility of overfeeding the fruit when the biscuits are doled out in controlled portions.
Bananas can also be added to other baked good recipes for dogs, including sugar free miniature muffins. Always stick to recipes that are specifically designed for dogs. Some ingredients that humans enjoy in their cookies and muffins, including raisins and nuts, are toxic for our furry friends.
For another treat idea, most dogs enjoy plain yogurt. Mash an inch of a banana into four ounces of fat free plain yogurt, spread it over the bottom of his dish and let him lick to his heart’s content.
You may choose to simply offer your dog a couple of slivers of your banana as you slice it over your cereal each morning. He will come to look forward to sharing this daily ritual with you.
Dogs are not fussy about presentation or size when it comes to their treats. They are happy to have pleased you enough to be presented with a treat, which is why treat time is a treasured bonding time for you and for him.
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Some of these foods have only mild consequences if eaten by your canine friend, but other foods can have potentially fatal consequences.