Bananas are a tasty snack for most people around the world. In fact, us humans love bananas so much that we tend to mix it in a whole range of foods and drinks such as smoothies and cereal. However, are bananas a safe snack for dogs? The answer yes, bananas are safe for dogs to consume. However, they should always be consumed in watchful moderation.
Health Benefits of Bananas For Dogs
As it turns out, your furry friend can enjoy a wide range of nutritious benefits from eating bananas. Bananas provide potassium, vitamins C and B6, copper, biotin, fiber, and manganese. The fiber is especially useful in helping with gastrointestinal issues while magnesium assists in bone development. Magnesium also helps in the absorption of vitamins and the production of protein. In addition, they have a low amount of both cholesterol and sodium. On a related note, your dog can also eat banana peels although it has to be in moderation as well and carefully thought out.
High Sugar Content
Their higher sugar content means that too many bananas will cause constipation and related digestive issues. However, this does not mean that they are toxic for dogs to consume. Too many bananas could just make your dog uncomfortable.
Similar to human beings, dogs need to acclimatize to a new diet slowly. They may end up liking or disliking the new diet. During this period, you should be on the lookout for signs of digestive discomfort, weight gain, or allergies. As always, you should consult a vet first before trying out something new.
How to Prepare Bananas For Your Dog
In the event that your dog loves bananas, there are several ways you can serve the treat. You can mash it up and mix it with food or you can freeze and then chop the banana into small slices without the peel. If you want to get fancy, you can prepare a treat at home that is simple to do. One such way is by blending a mixture of bananas, cheese, and peanut butter. Make sure that the peanut butter is free of xylitol. You then freeze the mixture and then serve in moderation.