Yes, bananas are safe for dogs to eat, but only in moderation. Bananas are a treat, not a substitute for a healthy, balanced diet.
And the size of your dog will determine just how much you should give them. A medium to a large dog can probably handle a full, regular-sized banana, but if your dog is smaller, you shouldn’t give them more than a few small pieces.
If your dog isn’t accustomed to digesting all the fiber in a banana, especially in the peel, it could cause them to throw up or have diarrhea.
That’s why it’s best if you peel the banana and cut it into smaller pieces.
Bananas are high in potassium, magnesium, and vitamin B. Magnesium promotes bone growth and helps the body produce protein and absorb vitamins. This makes bananas a great alternative for your pet, compared to those fatty, salty treats.
But they also high in sugar and fiber and that can cause your dog to have gastrointestinal problems. This is really why you should be wary of the peels. In some cases, they can even cause a blockage. So peel the banana, and mash it up with his food or you could even freeze the whole banana, peel it and slice it.
Sometimes you can mix a spoonful of peanut butter with a slice or two of banana for a fun alternative.
You can also make a special treat for your dog using a banana, peanut butter, and rolled oats. Mix them all together to form a dough, then roll out the dough, then cut them into shapes using a cookie cutter, and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. It takes about 1 large banana (or two medium), 1 1/2 cups of rolled oats, and a half cut of peanut butter. If you find the mixture isn’t wet enough, add another tablespoon or two of peanut butter in. You want the dough to be firm, sticky, and pliable.