Dog Health, Pet Tips

Can Dogs Eat Bananas?

April 2, 2022

B is for Banana but…

dogs bananasI had a hard time choosing what food to use for B.  The first food that came to mind was beef, which both of my dogs eat on a pretty regular basis.  But then Kitsune ended up kind of selecting the B food for himself.  I was eating breakfast the other day, and he was underfoot begging for what else, pieces of my banana.

This post is part of our April 2022 Blogging (snacking) from A to Z challenge!  Recognize this post?  This series was originally posted in April 2016.  Because I needed to go back and redo/update these posts anyway, I decided what better time than another April?

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So bananas it is!

This is going to be an ongoing theme with these food posts, but you want to make sure not to feed bananas in excess – moderation is key!  Bananas are high in natural sugars, so should be counted as a treat food.  Too many bananas can cause constipation.  Also, never feed your dog banana peels.  They are very difficult to digest, for dogs especially, and can cause blockages.

Otherwise, bananas are safe for your furry friend to consume!  Kitsune love them plain, but they make a great addition to dog treat recipes as well.

What are the Benefits of Feeding bananas?

Most people already know that bananas are high in potassium, which is great for both muscles and blood vessel function.  They also contain lots of fiber (we all know what that’s good for!), vitamin C, vitamin B6, biotin, and magnesium.

Eating bananas can help support your pup’s immune system, and promotes skin and fur health.  They are full of antioxidants and may help to maintain healthy blood pressure.

Due to how soft they are, it’s easy to mush a banana to add to your dog’s food or in a treat recipe.  Or, like I do, you can just offer your pup a piece of your breakfast banana.

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Do Dogs Even Like Bananas?

Kitsune LOVES bananas.  He begs for them with as much enthusiasm as if they were w meaty treat.  He even tries to raid the trash when he can smell banana peels in there.  Fenrir, on the other hand, isn’t as crazy about them.  In fact, most of the time when I offer pieces of banana to Fenrir he rejects them.  If you’re not sure whether your dog likes them or not, it would probably be a good idea to offer a piece of plain banana before going through all the trouble of mixing them into food or baking them into treats.  Like with all new foods, go slowly when introducing your pet to bananas for the first time.


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  • Reply catchatcaren April 2, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Dakota loves bananas too but we don’t let him have them too often DakotasDen

    • Reply Michelle @ Paw Print Pet Blog April 2, 2016 at 7:05 pm

      I try not to give it to my boys too often. It’s hard because I eat bananas pretty often, and they are expert beggars!

  • Reply Ashley April 3, 2016 at 2:17 am

    Oh yes, my Romeo LOVES bananas!!! I mean, absolutely loves them. Lily, not so much but likes other fruits and veggies. I just read giving dogs human food 3x a week decreases their chance of getting cancer! – Visiting from the A-Z blog challenger,

    • Reply Michelle @ Paw Print Pet Blog April 3, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      Kitsune LOVES human food, fruit included. My puppy is, so far, a really picky eater. He’ll sometimes eat fruit and veggies and other times will show 0 interest. A lot of people think giving human food to dogs is bad but there are lots of foods that are actually quite good for them! Thanks for stopping by, I’ll check out your blog too. 🙂

  • Reply That's Purrfect April 3, 2016 at 7:27 am

    I have a cat and she won’t eat fruit – but she eats custard, ice cream and just about anything savoury that’s on a human’s plate! That’s Purrfect

  • Reply Lisa April 2, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    He does look like he loves that banana! I’ve never had a dog that liked them.

    • Reply Michelle & The Paw Pack April 3, 2022 at 11:38 am

      Yes! Bananas have always been one of Kitsune’s favorites. 🙂

  • Reply Ronel Janse van Vuuren April 3, 2022 at 7:40 am

    My dogs enjoy banana, too — especially bits from the fresh one I happen to be eating at the time. LOL.

    Ronel visiting for the A-Z Challenge My Languishing TBR: B

    • Reply Michelle & The Paw Pack April 3, 2022 at 11:40 am

      LOL dogs are funny like that, aren’t they? Whatever you’re eating is always the best snack!

      I don’t know if you’ll see this, but I tried to comment on your blog too, and I kept getting an error message! I’ll try again another time.

  • Reply Timothy S. Brannan April 7, 2022 at 11:41 am

    We don’t have dogs, but our bunnies LOVE bananas!

    Tim Brannan
    The Other Side | A to Z of Conspiracy Theories

    • Reply Michelle & The Paw Pack April 8, 2022 at 12:10 am

      I used to have house bunnies and mine all loved bananas too!

  • Reply Marjorie at Dash Kitten April 10, 2022 at 1:03 am

    I did not know that dogs could eat bananas! I tend to think animals are not fruit and veg critters but I am so wrong! I know I love bananas but the cats ignore me when I munch on one!

    Now I know what to offer the next pooch I pass on its walk! A tasty chunk of banana!

    • Reply Michelle & The Paw Pack April 10, 2022 at 5:17 pm

      My dogs love a lot of different fruits and vegetables! I love bananas too. Every time I eat one, Kit always begs for a bite, lol! I’m not sure all dogs like them, since my Fenrir isn’t super crazy about them, but Kitsune certainly does! They are one of his favorites.

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