Are Banana Peels Good For Dogs?

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Written by Teresa Eckert

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Fruits are good a source of vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants.  They are good for us and believe it or not they are good for dogs.  Well, except for grapes, raisins, and their family. But just because a fruit can be good for dogs, it does not mean that every part of the fruit is good.  Let’s look at bananas peels, they are a perfect example.

Are Banana Peels Good For My Dog?

Banana peels contain nutrition but is not a good choice for you pup. The peel itself is not toxic like the grape family, but can do your dog some harm. The peel is very fibrous and can be hard to digest, which in turn, can cause intestinal blockage.


For the most part, dogs are not really tempted by the peel because of its bitter taste.  They much prefer the sweet fruit within. So, go ahead and give them a banana, it really is good for them, well at least the fruit is! 

What If My Dog Eats A Banana Peel?

If your dog has eaten a banana peel, you should watch for the following:

  • Lack of appetite
  • Possible diarrhea
  • Signs for intestinal distress
  • Signs that your dog is in pain or uncomfortable
  • Vomiting within a few hours

If you notice any of these symptoms, or if they do not stop, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Can I Feed My Dog Bananas?

The fruit of the banana is really good for your dog. 


The benefits of eating bananas for dogs are they can help with digestion issues because of the fiber content.  The magnesium helps promote bone growth and the body’s absorption of vitamins. Because bananas are low in fat and protein, they are great for dogs that have chronic medical conditions in which these intakes need to be monitored. Some veterinarians recommend this fruit as an alternative to fatty, salty treats. 


Banana's are:

  • A good source of dietary fiber 
  • Low in fat and protein
  • Full of nutrients like vitamins B6 and C
  • Full of minerals like biotin, copper, magnesium, and potassium

However, as the saying goes “everything in moderation”. Bananas should be consumed in moderation.  Although they are healthy and have lots of nutrients, they are also high in sugar. This natural sugar boost would be great for athletic dogs that are full of energy, but not so good for dogs that are more sedentary or have diabetes.  The sugars in a banana can add calories and weight to your not so active pet.

Dog Treats Made With Bananas

Here are some great recipes for your pooch that are made with bananas.

Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats
(Photo courtesy of thecozycook.com)

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 c peanut butter (make sure it doesn't contain xylitol)
  • 1 c almond flour
  • 1/2 c old fashioned oats
  • 1 mashed banana

Directions:

  1. ​​Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Need together until a dough ball forms. If it is too sticky, add additional flour.
  3. Roll out onto a lightly floured surface. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. 
  4. Put on a baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Store in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze them for up to 3 months. When ready to use from freezer, let them sit out and come to room temperature. 
Peanut Butter Banana Frozen Dog Treats
(Photo courtesy threelittleferns.com)

Ingredients

  • 2 over ripe bananas
  • 1 c Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 c peanut butter (make sure it doesn't contain xylitol) 

Directions: 

  1.  In a bowl, mash bananas until they are completely smooth. 
  2.  Mix in remaining ingredients. Stir until well mixed. 
  3. Pour into ice cube molds. Freeze overnight. 
  4. Store in an air-tight container in the freezer. 

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Teresa Eckert

Teresa is a co-founder of Golden Retriever Love and is the fur-mom to Annie the Golden Retriever and Remi the Chocolate Lab. Teresa enjoys spoiling her pups and occasionally writing some great content for us on this blog!

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