Is it possible that the fruit we eat can also help make our dogs healthy and strong? Some human foods are okay for rottweilers to eat, while some aren’t. Where do bananas fall? Are they a good food for rottweilers to eat?
Rottweilers can eat bananas. Bananas provide a lot of nutrients and vitamins to rottweilers. This makes bananas a healthy treat if given in moderation. Bananas can also help improve heart function and normalize blood pressure.
Even though this fruit is a good treat for rottweilers, you have to be careful with how much you feed your dog. With any human food, it is important to feed them in moderation because it was not made for them. This post will include everything you need to know about feeding your rottweiler bananas.
Health Benefits of Bananas
Bananas are really high in essential amino acids, electrolytes, Vitamins C and B6, minerals, and most importantly potassium. Bananas are an absolutely amazing source of potassium. These are things that rottweilers need to get in their diet, but normally have a harder time doing so just by regular dog food. Bananas are a very natural way for rotts to get there fill on these essential nutrients.
Like mentioned above, bananas help to improve heart function and normalize blood pressure in rottweilers.
Bananas are also a low-calorie treat for dogs, which is nice. I really mean that they are a treat! Since rottweilers aren’t used to eating bananas, it is a nice change of pace for them, making it almost a dessert.
Bananas are also low in cholesterol and sodium. This makes them a great recommendation from some vets to use as a replacement for other fatty or salty dog treats.
Due to bananas being high in fiber, it helps dogs with digestion and some digestive tract problems common among rottweilers.
Bananas, along with other fruits, help to strengthen the rottweiler’s immune system. Ripe bananas can improve the quality and health of their skin and fur. They can also help to reduce inflammation.
The sugars in bananas are all-natural sugars, and when eaten in moderation, that sugar can metabolize and convert into an additional energy source for your rott.
What to Watch out For
Bananas have a lot of sugar in them. Although the sugar in bananas is natural and can help with energy, it can also be issue for rottweilers. Sugar, even when naturally occurring, increase a dog’s chances of becoming overweight. Since rottweilers already struggle with obesity, you will want to be careful with how much you feed your rottweiler. This is just so the sugar does not turn into energy that just sits there and turns into fat.
Due to the amount of sugar they have in them, they should not make up a large portion of your rottweilers diet. They should be a treat, not a meal.
Human food should only take up around 10% of your rottweilers diet. Regardless of how good for your dog the human food is, it needs to be eaten very sparingly.
Another risk with feeding your rottweiler too many bananas is associated with the fiber in bananas. Like mentioned earlier, fiber is good for rottweilers, but if they get too much of it then it can have the opposite effect.
An excessive amount of fiber can lead to constipation or other bowel problems.
Stay away from the peel. The peel of the banana is not actually toxic to dogs, but it is very hard to digest and can cause blockage problems. If you are going to choose to feed your rott bananas, peel it first.
Some dogs are actually allergic to bananas. Signs to look for to tell if your rott might be allergic to bananas are swelling, hives, excessive sneezing, or coughing and difficulty breathing.
If you notice any of these signs after feeding your rottweiler bananas you should stop immediately and talk to your vet. It is wise to talk to your vet before feeding your rottweiler bananas regardless. Your vet knows your dog best and knows what he or she can and cannot eat. Your vet will have tips that can be more specific to your individual rottweiler.
Ways to Feed your Rottweiler Bananas
There are a lot of things you can do with bananas to feed them to your rottweiler. Bananas are a food that can have a lot of purposes and so they can be used in so many ways.
When feeding your rottweiler bananas it is important to not feed him or her too much. A full-grown rottweiler is okay to have a half of a banana every couple of days or so. While a puppy should only have a few slices of banana.
The most simple way to feed your rottweiler bananas is to just peel it, cut it in half and give it to your rott. They will eat the whole thing plain like that. Bananas are soft enough that they will not have a problem chewing them or choking on them.
Mashed Up with Food
You can mash up your rott’s banana and mix it with their food. This is a good way to get those essential nutrients mixed in with their normal mealtime. It also makes mealtime a little different than normal which is fun for your pup.
Freeze the Banana
Frozen bananas are an awesome treat for rottweilers, especially on a hot, summer day. Peel the banana and let it sit in the freezer for a few hours and then let your rottweiler eat it. The riper the banana, the better it tastes frozen.
You may need to slice the banana after it is frozen to make sure you rott doesn’t choke on the pieces.
Mix it with Peanut Butter
Who could think of a better mixture than bananas and peanut butter? Both of these foods are human foods that are safe for rottweiler to eat and this treat will be one your dog will absolutely love.
You can use bananas and peanut butter as ingredients in making dog treats. Here is a simple recipe for peanut butter, banana dog cupcakes.
Dog ice cream
Another awesome summer treat is dog ice cream. This is a really simple recipe to follow. All you need is yogurt, chopped up strawberries, bananas, and peanut butter.
Blend all of these ingredients together, put it in the freezer for a few hours and then give some to your rott. Make sure you don’t give them too much. Again, those are all human foods that are safe for dogs to eat, but it must be done in moderation.
Bananas plus toys
There are a lot of things you can do with mashed up banana and a rubber dog toy. You can buy toys that are made specifically to put foods into called Kongs. You can mash up bananas and put that into those toys.
If you just have a plain rubber toy, that will work too. Mash up the banana, smear it on the outside of the toy and freeze it for a little while. It will make the toy more exciting for your rott to play with as he or she tries to get the smeared banana off.
Tips to Remember When Feeding your Rottweiler Bananas
This fruit is an awesome treat for your rottweiler to have occasionally. There are a few things to remember to keep your rottweiler safe as you give them this new treat.
- Bananas are a great source of essential amino acids, electrolytes, Vitamins C and B6, minerals, and potassium. They are high in fiber and low in cholesterol and sodium making them a great treat for your rottweiler.
- Give them bananas in moderation. Human food should take up no more than 10% of your dog’s daily diet.
- Bananas are more of a treat, not a meal, your dog still needs regular dog food.
- Try different things when feeding your dog bananas, there are so many different ways to incorporate them into your dogs diet.
- Ask your vet before you start feeding your rottweiler bananas. Your vet knows your dog best, so take their advice.
- Stop feeding your dog bananas if you see any problems that are abnormal to your dog’s normal behavior.