One of the most terrifying things about owning a dog is knowing whether or not you are giving them the right food. While some typically human foods can be toxic to dogs, others can be good for them. Here, I will give you all you need to know before feeding your poodle a banana.
Poodles can eat bananas in moderation. Bananas are a healthy alternative to fatty treats. However, bananas should not be given to poodles frequently. Though they are not toxic, gastric problems and weight changes can occur when excessive amounts are given.
There are some guidelines you should follow in order to make sure they are still healthy and safe while eating a banana. If you want to learn more about this, then read on.
Feeding Your Poodle a Banana
The relief should set in right now if you have already fed your dog a banana and you were worried about his or her safety. There is no stress needed because bananas are not toxic to your poodle.
Bananas are not only acceptable to feed your dog, but they are actually recommended with proper usage.
The same things that cause bananas to be healthy to us as humans, applies to our dogs. Their bodies also respond well to healthy foods.
Bananas are used because of the vitamins and other essential elements that allow for us to be strong. This is why they have been recommended many times.
Although not every dog is guaranteed to love bananas, most dogs do. This is partly due to the fact that they love you and love receiving things from you, but it is also from the good taste of the bananas.
However, just like any other treat, you should not rely completely on feeding them bananas.
Just because bananas are healthy and not bad for them, does not mean that that should be their main food eaten. Continue feeding them their regular food.
Bananas can be used as a great alternative to treats. Some treats fed to our dogs are quite fatty and are basically the equivalent of our dessert.
Because I’m sure you do not want to be feeding your poodle dessert frequently, giving them an unhealthy lifestyle, bananas are a great treat.
However, as another important reminder, you do not want to overfeed your poodle bananas.
Side Effects of Bananas
Even bananas, a healthy fruit, have side effects for your poodle when fed improperly.
Bananas should be given in moderation. So, when your dog is given too many bananas, they may have some of these problems.
- Gastric upset
- Weight Changes
This can happen because even with all the good things that are in bananas, they still are:
- High in sugar
- High in carbs
Although the sugars with bananas are natural, they are still not good for your dog in high dosages. Too much sugar isn’t good for any living thing.
By giving your dog too many bananas, they may gain weight. You want to watch out for your dog’s waiting after introducing a new food into its diet.
After giving your dog bananas as treats, check to see if there is a gradual weight gain. With the right amount of bananas being given to your dog, they should not be gaining an unhealthy amount of weight.
Along with the weight gain, your dog could get diabetes from too many bananas.
As a preventative measure, simply watch our for your dog. Make sure everything stays consistent to how they were before having bananas in their diet.
It can be extremely difficult to see your dog experiencing any discomfort or troubles with their health. Just remember that the vet is always there to help you if you are worried about your dog.
What about the banana peel?
The banana peel is not toxic to your dog. If your dog has already swallowed the banana peel, you do not have to worry too much.
But, the banana peel is extremely difficult for dogs to digest. So, it is definitely not recommended for your dog to eat.
Another thing that you should be watching out for when feeding your dog a banana is possible allergies.
Although bananas are healthy and can be eaten by dogs, it is not guaranteed to be good for every dog. Pay close attention to your poodle’s reaction to the banana, not just immediately after eating, but for some time after.
Some signs that you dog may have allergies to any food are:
- Gastrointestinal problems: if your dog has diarrhea or vomiting soon after eating the banana, it may be an allergy.
- Problems with the skin. If your dog’s skin becomes itchy or they get ear or foot infections, it may be an allergy.
The highest harm that could from your poodle eating a banana would come from giving the poodle too much.
Benefits of Bananas
Bananas are a great fruit for humans and dogs for many reasons.
- High in potassium
- Contains Magnesium
- High in Vitamin B 6
- A recommended alternative to fatty treats
- High in Vitamin C
- High in Fiber
With all of these qualifications to bananas being a healthy snack, it is no surprise that is a vet recommended treat for your poodle.
One of the great things that come from your poodle eating bananas is better bone growth. Magnesium allows for strong bones to grow in your poodle.
Also, the potassium supports your dog’s heart and kidney functions.
These effects on your poodle are major. If you want a healthy and strong dog, bananas will help you out in your cause.
Another benefit that comes from feeding your poodle a banana is their joy. Even my naturally happy dog gets happier when I give her a banana.
How Much Can I Feed my Poodle?
There are many options to how you could feed your poodle a banana.
But, before we get into I would like to give some guidelines towards feeding your dog a banana.
|Dog Size||Banana per day|
|Toy or Mini||2 or 3 small pieces|
|Standard||Half a Banana at most|
Although this is not a strict rule made for feeding your poodle a banana, by following this guideline, your dog will be safe in eating a banana.
However, you should never feed your poodle a full banana. The dog will eat it. But its system will not like the banana.
A good rule to remember when feeding you dog a banana as a treat is the 90/10 rule.
This rule is that 90% of the food you give your dog should be their regular diet food. The other 10% can be reserved for treats for your dog.
With such a small amount of the banana given to your dog, it seems like a waste opening the banana right?
Wrong. The benefits of eating a banana are the same for you as they are for your dog.
Banana Eating in Your Home
Now that you know that you can use bananas in your dog’s diet, there is a large number of options that are open to you.
Some of the most common uses of bananas in a dog’s diet are as follows:
- Banana Chips
- Mashed Bananas in regular food
- Stuffed inside your dog’s toy
- Frozen slices
- Mixed with peanut butter
- Treat recipes
My personal favorite uses of bananas in my dog’s diet are smearing the mushed up banana over its food.
Although my description may not have sounded extremely appealing, it gives more flavor and variety to your dog’s regular food.
For me, it feels like a mini gift.
If you find that your dog loves the taste of bananas, it may be a good option for you to use the banana to help them learn tricks.
The same rules apply to teaching them the tricks, however they will have more desire to obey when given a food that they love.
Of course there are many recipes of dog treats that you can make with bananas through recipes. This one is my personal favorite.
Have fun with your dog and reward them knowing that they are fine to eat bananas.