Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.
Yes, dogs can eat bananas. There are plenty of things about bananas that are good for dogs (such as fiber, potassium, and vitamins and other antioxidants) and no chemicals that are harmful to your dog. (1)
However, there have been some reports of bananas causing constipation, mainly if the peels are consumed in excess. I prefer to give bananas in moderation, so I only give my dogs about a third of a banana each once a day as a treat. If you do give your dog bananas, just give them a few pieces and enjoy the rest of the banana yourself.
- Singh, B., Singh, J. P., Kaur, A., & Singh, N. (2016). Bioactive compounds in banana and their associated health benefits - A review. Food chemistry, 206, 1–11. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27041291/
This article is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from your veterinarian. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
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