I love dogs, and beagles are, in my opinion, one of the cutest breeds. I wanted to learn how to properly take care of beagles, which includes what kinds of foods are okay for them to eat. I’d like to share with you my research about the main two B’s: beagles and bananas.
Can beagles eat bananas? Bananas are a great and healthy fruit for beagles to eat because of the high level of potassium they have, which helps tremendously with muscle health. Be warned, though: you should not feed your beagle bananas if they have kidney issues or if they have been diagnosed with Addison’s disease.
All good things should be in moderation, however. Although bananas are healthy, eating too much isn’t, so it’s important to know how much and how often you should treat your beagle. Also, if you’re curious to know what other types of fruits are okay for your beagle to eat, I’ve got you covered!
How Bananas are Healthy for Beagles
We all want the best for our dogs, just like we would want the best for our children or just the way our parents would want the best for us. That includes ensuring a healthy diet for them.
There are lots of different health benefits that bananas give to beagles, as well as other breeds of dogs. Bananas are rich in vitamin C (which helps prevent cell damage), magnesium (great for building protein in your beagle’s body), and B6 (which improves blood function and oxygen transportation).
One of the most important things to a dog owner is their pet being able to have an easy time going to the bathroom. I’ve seen and have been someone who’s spent way too long sitting outside, just waiting for my dog to do his business. Bananas are an excellent source of fiber, which is perfect for bowel movements.
Studies also show that bananas are effective in protecting your beagle’s stomach against ulcers, acid secretion, and stomach wounds. They also help to decrease the risk of any bladder infection. Score!
Have you ever been really sick, and even though you’ve gotten over it, you’re still left tired and feeling kind of blah? It’s terrible! Well, the same thing can happen to your beagle. Illnesses like vomiting or diarrhea can leave them dehydrated.
Bananas are actually a great way to help them recover from their sickness because they help restore your dog’s water level. Also, the sugar and carbohydrates will get them back to their normal, happy, face-licking selves.
I don’t know about you, but I’d take saliva over vomit any day.
If your puppy has an upset stomach, whether it is on occasion or if they suffer from a chronically stomach upset, bananas are a gentle food that will keep their stomach settled.
How to Prep Bananas for Beagles
There are some ways that you can get a little creative with bananas:
- Using frozen bananas, perfect in the hot summers
- Incorporating mashed bananas into your dog’s food
- Placing bananas in your dog’s chew toy
- Grilling bananas on a stove or a grill (but keep the fruit plain)
- Baking banana slices in the oven to make your own banana chips (keep the fruit plain here, too)
If you love to bake, the internet is a great place to find recipes for banana treats that are safe and delicious for dogs. It’s super fun, and they’ll love it!
When making a banana recipe or cooking bananas, don’t add any kind of seasoning or spice. While it may taste good and not have any consequences for you, the extra sodium or sugar can be harmful to your beagle. Keep it plain- they won’t complain!
The Risk of Overfeeding
Despite all these health benefits, you shouldn’t be switching your pet to an all-banana diet. It’s important to treat bananas as just that- treats. Be careful not to feed them bananas too often. Moderation is important when it comes to feeding your beagle.
Bananas have a high level of sugar and carbohydrates, so make sure not to feed them too many.
Be careful in how your bananas are incorporated into foods. While manufacturers make banana products with ingredients which will make them taste amazing, these added chemicals can be harmful, even toxic, to dogs.
For example, banana chips have added sugars, preservatives, and chemicals, and the deep-fried nature can be unhealthy for your dog. If you want to play it safe, stick with feeding them the natural fruit- you can’t go wrong with that.
There are downsides to feeding your beagle too many bananas. Too many bananas can be counterproductive, despite your good intentions.
Here are some risks that come with feeding your dog too many bananas:
- upset stomach (ironic, huh?)
- in extreme cases, hyperkalemia (This comes from too much potassium, which can result in heart problems and cardiac arrest)
What About Banana Peels?
Bananas are good, but what about their peels? A fruit’s peel can be just as nutritious as the fruit you eat, and they can be used for other helpful personal and household remedies. In fact, banana peels have a variety of uses, from polishing your shoes to helping treat acne.
If they’re so useful, then wouldn’t it be good to feed it to your beagle?
Well, no, that’s not the case. Bananas are absolutely fine to feed a beagle, but you should not feed them a banana peel. They’re not toxic, but if your dog gets a hold of one and eats it, they may vomit a few hours later.
Banana peels have a lot of fiber in them, which your dog will find difficult to digest. This can cause blockage and give them a lot of pain.
Banana peels are good for treating splinters, yellow teeth, and, heck, they’re even a great food for flowers! However, the next time you treat your beagle, make sure the fruit is easily within their reach, but not the peel.
When Not to Serve Bananas
Be sure to seek professional help if your dog is diabetic, as bananas are high in sugar. And like I said earlier, bananas become a “do not feed” food if your beagle has Addison’s disease or kidney issues, as damaged kidneys cause potassium to build up in the blood can cause serious heart problems.
If you’re worried that you might be feeding your dog too many bananas, make sure to seek veterinary help.
How often/how much should I treat my beagle? Beagles can eat bananas every day, but they should be given as treats, not as meals. If you’ve never fed your beagle bananas before, give them a slice or two to make sure it doesn’t cause any stomach issues.
Because beagles are a smaller breed of dog, a couple of slices as a reward for training is a healthy amount. Stick to one whole banana every week.
What other fruits are okay for my beagle to eat? There are plenty of other fruits that are healthy for beagles to eat, such as:
- blueberries, raspberries & blackberries: these berries are packed with antioxidants, which help fight against any free radicals (elements that damage cellular structure)
- cantaloupe: good levels of vitamin A
- pears: make sure to get whole fruits, not ones that have been canned with sugary juices.
- watermelon: watermelon is mostly water, so if you’re worried that your beagle might not be drinking enough, give them some watermelon to snack on. It’s also light in calories.
- Just like bananas, remember to keep fruit in moderation, as they’re high in sugar.