Can Dogs Eat Bananas?
Dogs are such a special part of the family. They provide us with companionship, unconditional love, and hours of entertainment. When it comes to taking care of our furry friends, we only want the best for them. Bananas are one of the most common people foods we have in our homes so at one point or another, we’ve all pondered if dogs can eat bananas. Good news is YES! Bananas are a healthy snack for dogs, and even be incorporated into your dogs meals.
In this blog, we will outline the benefits of bananas, show you how to use bananas when cooking for your dog and some fun treats and dog food recipes.
The Benefits of Bananas for Dogs
Just like humans, dogs need a balanced diet to stay healthy and active. Bananas are a great snack for dogs because they are packed with nutrients and have many health benefits. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of bananas for dogs and some easy recipes for banana-based dog treats.
Bananas are an excellent source of dietary potassium, vitamin C, dietary fiber, magnesium and vitamin B6. They are also low calorie and low in sodium, making them a great snack for dogs who are watching their weight. Potassium is an essential mineral that helps regulate blood pressure and heart function. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can help boost the immune system and protect against cell damage. Dietary fiber aids in digestion and keeps dogs feeling full longer. And vitamin B6 is essential for energy metabolism, cognitive function, and nervous system health. Bananas have manganese which helps our dogs produce collagen and can protect against free radicals. With banana’s high fibre content they can help support gastrointestinal health and alleviate constipation. Bananas also are rich in biotin which is a vitamin b that can support digestion. In short, bananas are a nutritional powerhouse that can help keep dogs healthy both inside and out. As with anything moderation is key. When introducing new foods into your dog’s diet start with small quantities and never overdo it with large amounts. Also please don’t give your dog banana peels ever, while they are not toxic they can cause blockages in a dog.
Cook your own Banana-Based Dog Food
Now that you know all about the nutritional benefits of bananas for dogs, it's time to get cooking! We are going to show you how to cook nutritious food for your dog with bananas.
Organic Oats And Berries Meal Mix
Our first way is using Dog Child’s Organic Oats & Berries Meal Mix to cook delicious nutrient-rich food. This Meal Mix for dogs is filled with delicious bananas and blueberries rich in potassium. You simply add a scoop of our Meal Mix to a ground protein of your choice with water and oil and voila you have fresh homemade dog food. Our meal mixes are high in fibre and have our proprietary blend of probiotics and prebiotics. Cooking fresh food has never been easier with only 15 minutes a week. Please consult our detailed feeding guidelines to ensure you’re feeding complete and balanced meals. Our meal mixes were developed with pet nutritionists and veterinarians.
Another way to incorporate bananas into your dog’s meals is with our Peanut Butter and Banana Oatmeal for Dogs recipe. This dog food recipe was developed by a leading pet nutritionist using our Essential Nutrient Mix to make a complete and balanced meal for your dog with a high fiber content. This recipe is rich in antioxidants. Always remember when using peanut butter to make sure there is no xylitol in it as this can be very toxic to dogs.
5 Easy Banana Dog Treat Recipes
You’ve read why as a dog owner and dog parent feeding bananas is healthy for all dog breeds. So if you're looking for a healthier alternative to commercial dog treats, why not give bananas a try? Your dog will love them! These seven recipes for banana-based dog treats are sure to be a hit with your furry friend.
1. Homemade Banana Peanut Butter Banana Yogurt Dog Treats
These tasty treats are easy to make and only require three ingredients: ripe bananas, natural peanut butter, and plant-based yoghurt. You can also mix this into a kong as a good enrichment activity. Check out this delicious frozen recipe here.
2. Dog Cookie Recipe with 4 Ingredients
Looking for a simple peanut butter recipe for dog treats? Then we got you and your pup- this is our easy dog cookie recipe with only 4 ingredients. As dog parents, we’ve always wondered why we buy dog treats when it is so easy to bake our own dog treats at home. In this recipe we will walk you through the simple steps on how to make dog treats using easy recipes. Your dog is going to love this peanut butter dog biscuit recipe and you’re going to love the healthy ingredients.
3. Banana Chip
Ditch your store bought treats! These yummy Banana Chips are so easy to make! With just 4 easy steps you will have the healthiest treat for your dog!
4. Puppy Protein Balls
These no bake protein balls are super simple to make and what your dog is craving. You can even enjoy the dough while you make it for your dog. These protein balls are packed with an abundance of nutrients such as peanut butter and oats that will keep your pup wagging their tail for hours. You can store this healthy snack in the fridge for the week and give your pup the treat they deserve.
These simple and delicious muffins smell so good! Packed with antioxidants, fiber, and protein these treats will add some essential nutrients to your dogs diet while helping to keep your dog feeling fuller, for longer. When we say simple, we mean it! All you need is a blender, and a muffin tray.
So if you're looking for a healthier alternative to commercial dog treats, why not give bananas a try? Your dog will love them!
In summary bananas are not only delicious but also nutritious!
1. Bananas are packed with nutrients that are essential for dogs including vitamins B6, C, and potassium.
2. They are also a good source of dietary fiber which can help with digestive system.
3. In addition, bananas contain compounds that can help boost a dog's immune system.
4. Unlike some commercial dog treats that are high in sugar and calories, bananas are low in calories and fat.
5. Bananas are an all-natural treat that you can feel good about giving your dog.
The next time you're at the grocery store picking up some snacks for yourself, don't forget to grab some bananas for your furry friend too! And if you're feeling extra generous (or just want to bake something special for your pup),
Banana Peels can be saved and soaked in water for 12 hours then use the water in your house plants. The potassium-filled filled water is great for your plants.