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.
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.
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.
Homemade Banana Peanut Butter Banana Yoghurt 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:
Banana Oatmeal Dog Biscuits
These biscuits are perfect for picky eaters or dogs with sensitive stomachs since they contain no artificial flavours or colors. Thy
Start by mixing together 1/2 cup of quick oats, 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt in a medium bowl.
In another bowl (or a glass measuring cup), whisk together 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce, 1 mashed banana, and 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil until smooth.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix everything together until well combined.
Use a spoon or your hands to form the dough into small balls or shapes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.
Allow the biscuits to cool completely before storing in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.
These are super simple to make and a great low calorie dog treat.
All you need is bananas Preheat your oven to 250F.
Cut your banana in slices to approximately 1/8” thick or into small pieces arrange on a baking tray with parchment paper.
Bake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours flipping them halfway.
Let cool and your pup will enjoy this healthy dog treat. Remember to use his only as an occasional treat as they are high in sugar.
Check out some other banana recipes for dogs on our recipe page that include
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.