By The Farmer's Dog | August 30, 2023

Can dogs eat bananas? The short answer is yes. Most dogs can eat some banana, though you should limit their intake due to the fruit’s sugar and starch content. Here’s why the fruit has some appeal, and where you might slip up if you’re not careful.

Basic info on bananas

Bananas are elongated tropical fruits. They’re yellow when ripe, and—fun fact—technically berries. In general, they make a healthy snack for people.

Can bananas be good for dogs?

Yes, in moderation, bananas can be healthy for dogs. They’re high in potassium, magnesium, vitamins B6 and C, and fiber, all of which your dog needs in proper quantities. The most important source of these is the complete and balanced fresh food they should be eating every day—but fruit like banana can make a good occasional snack. Just don’t feed them too much.

How much banana can a dog eat?

Exactly how much banana your dog can eat depends on their size. Bananas, too, vary somewhat in size. But as a general guideline, even a large dog should only have half of a typically sized banana, while smaller dogs should get tiny pieces. And they should only eat these a few times a week at most. Your vet is the best authority on precisely how much banana your dog can eat, and how often.

What are the risks of dogs eating too much banana?

Because bananas are high in sugar and starch, eating too much could upset a dog’s stomach and cause or exacerbate obesity, dental problems, or other health issues.

Can dogs eat dried bananas?

You shouldn’t feed a dog dried banana—without the moisture, it’s very sugary. It’s best to stick to small amounts of the fresh version of the fruit instead.

Can dogs eat banana peel?

Don’t let your dog eat banana peel. While the peel itself is not poisonous, it might make them throw up or even cause a dangerous intestinal blockage. The outside of a banana may also contain pesticides.

To sum it up: Plain, fresh banana can be a healthy treat as long as you feed only a modest amount proportionate to your dog’s size.