Dogs can eat bananas. However, they shouldn't be fed banana peels. While bananas are rich in potassium and vitamins (B6 and C) and recommended by veterinarians sometimes as healthy snack alternatives, they should be peeled. According to the AKC (American Kennel Club), banana peels are difficult to digest and capable of causing blockages in your dog's digestive system.
Is It Safe For Dogs To Eat A Banana Peel?
No. While banana peels aren't toxic to dogs, they have a very high fiber content, which is hard for dogs to digest. Banana peels are known to cause stomach upsets and blockages in dogs.
Will Banana Peels Hurt Dogs?
When an adult dog eats a fresh banana peel, he/she may experience a stomach upset. Most adult dogs will vomit banana peels after consuming them. When this happens, their stomach upset can clear without the need for any treatment.
However, banana peels can be lethal when eaten by small dogs and puppies. If your puppy doesn’t vomit the banana peel they have eaten, you may be required to visit your vet. Puppies are more susceptible to stomach blockages from banana peels compared to their older counterparts. If the peel isn’t removed immediately, it can prevent your pup from taking a poop resulting in other serious complications.
Are Banana Peels Digestible?
No. Banana peels may be highly nutritious. However, they have too much fiber to be easily digested by dogs. Unless the banana peels are chopped or mashed up into very small digestible pieces, dogs will have a hard time digesting them. Besides, dogs will have a hard time swallowing banana peels as they are. In most cases, the peels will cause bowel obstruction.
How Can You Tell If Your Dog Has Eaten Banana Peels?
You can search for evidence of banana peel remnants or missing bananas to start with. Stomach upsets or blockages caused by banana peels are easy to tell. Your dog:
i. Will vomit immediately or a few hours after eating banana peels
ii. Will show visible signs of abdominal discomfort
iii. Will be sedentary and/or restless for hours after eating. This sign indicates a blockage that must be attended to by a vet.
What Should You Do If Your Dog Eats Banana Peels?
You should monitor your canine friend closely if you suspect they have eaten peels. If your dog doesn’t vomit the peel/s or poop them out, and they show visible signs of discomfort, visit a vet. While some dogs can eat peels and other items without problems, you should be concerned about small dogs and puppies.
How Do You Stop Your Dog From Eating Banana Peels?
While most dogs will eat almost everything they come across, there are some precautions you can take to keep your dog away from banana peels. The most obvious is keeping bananas out of sight and reach. It would help if you also disposed of peels securely in an inaccessible trash can.
Keeping your dog full will also go a long way. Hungry dogs are more likely to eat anything that comes their way.
If you must feed your dog bananas, peel them. Dogs eat bananas. You can make many dog treats with peeled bananas. According to the AKC, dogs love a blended mixture of peeled bananas, peanut butter, and mild cheese.
Tasty Dog Banana Treat Recipes
1. Banana Peanut Butter And Cheese
Dogs enjoy sweet and fatty treats. For this dog treat, you’ll need a ripe banana, a slice of cheese (mild) and a scoop of xylitol-free peanut butter.
Blend the mixture and serve in a bowl or a fillable toy. You can smear the mixture over the fillable toy and freeze before serving. Ensure the mixture has a smooth consistency before serving.
2. Frozen Banana And Peanut Butter Popsicle
For this recipe, you need a ripe banana. Alternatively, you can use banana baby food. You’ll also need some peanut butter, a tablespoon of honey and some low-fat yogurt. Whip your ingredients up and freeze to make banana pops. You may want to keep one tasty popsicle for yourself.
Dogs can eat banana peels, but it's dangerous! Feed them peeled bananas instead or the tasty banana dog treats above and they won't have any good reasons to eat banana peels.
The information on this page is not a substitute for veterinary help. Please contact a vet for help with any dog food concerns that you have.