Are Bananas Good For My Puppy?
November 22. 2021
By all means, bananas are good for our puppy as long as we give them in moderation. Like everything else in life, moderation is the key.
Bananas make great snacks, you can cut them in small rounds and dry or freeze them and give them as little treats or you can mash them before you feed them to your puppy by themselves or mixed with their food or even peanut butter. You can also add them to oatmeal. Just remember their high carbohydrate content can be too much for your pet and more than one third of a regular sized banana is not recommended.
Never feed the peel to your puppy, the amount in fiber in it could cause constipation. As a rule of thumb, if you don’t eat something, don’t give it to your dog.
Due to their high nutritional value, bananas are considered the most complete fruit.
B vitamins: Bananas have vitamin B6, folate, riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acid that help increase energy levels, boost mood, support brain function and protect eye health.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can help reduce inflammation and promote healthy aging.
Potassium: Needed for brain and heart function, muscle movement, and blood circulation. As good for you as for your pooch.
Magnesium: Promotes bone growth, and aids in the production of protein and vitamin absorption.
Fiber: Good when your puppy is suffering with diarrhea or vomiting.
Carbohydrates: Help boost energy. So, this delicious yellow snack can be saved for those special times when your puppy is laying down and looking up at you with those big black eyes that tell you she is sad or bored or simple does not have the energy to ask you to play.
In general, bananas are good for your best friend, however, in some cases there are allergic reactions that include itchiness, digestive problems, coughing or even difficulty breathing. If any of those happens, please take your puppy immediately to the vet.
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