What you feed your dog can be a lifesaver, but many times it can be the beginning of a big headache and may even lead to death.
But, as a smart and responsible owner you research everything your dog can and cannot eat and recently you've asked yourself:
- Can dogs eat dried banana chips? Is it ok if I use it as a treat for my dog?
Don't worry. We've got you covered!
In this article you'll learn:
- Are banana chips safe for dogs?
- The benefits of banana for your pet
- What to do if your dog eats the peel
- Toxic substances that are found in some fruits
- Warning signs that your dog ate something toxic
- How to make your own banana chips at home
Let's dive in!
Besides being delicious, bananas also have many health benefits for dogs.
- High in fiber
- High in potassium
- High in biotin and copper
- Rich in vitamins
The fiber in the banana helps your dog's gastrointestinal problems and the magnesium promotes bone growth.
The magnesium also helps the body absorb vitamins and produce protein.
Many veterinarians recommend bananas as treats instead of the salty and fatty commercial treats.
Bananas will boost your dog's immune system, and promote a beautiful and healthy skin and coat.
Bananas contain 3 types of natural sugar: Fructose, sucrose, and glucose.
For this reason, don't give your dog too many treats, especially if he has weight problems.
Now that you know the benefits of banana for your dog, what about banana chips?
Banana chips are rich in vitamin B6 and C, dietary fiber and potassium.
They help settle a dog's stomach and provide an energy boost.
Veterinarians say to behave like you would with any other treat, moderation is key. The high amount of fiber found in the banana can cause diarrhea or upset stomach if your dog eats too much.
Important: Make sure there are no artificial sweeteners involved in the banana chips.
If you have a medium or large size dog, offer about 6 to 10 chips and if you have a small dog don't give more than a few banana chips at once.
Instead of buying banana chips at the grocery store you can make your own at home to feed Fido.
You will need:
- 2 bananas
- Peanut butter
- Chicken bacon powder
1. Preheat the oven to 120 degrees.
2. Slice the bananas, not too thin and not too thick and put them into a bowl.
3. Add 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and 2 tablespoons of chicken bacon powder.
4. Mix them up, arrange them on a baking sheet and put them in the oven for 2 hours at 120 degrees.
They're ready! Both you and your dog can enjoy this recipe.
Banana peels are not toxic. But it's hard for dogs to digest.
This is due to its fiber-rich, tough skins.
Banana peels may cause blockage depending on the amount the dog ate and the size of the dog.
When eating a banana peel, some dogs will vomit a few hours later, but they usually recover without any lasting negative effects.
If you think your dog ate a banana peel, consult your veterinarian.
So, your dog accidentally ate the banana peel.
You start to worry.
"What should I do?" You ask...
Don't worry. If it was just one peel he should be OK. Banana peels are not toxic, although dogs usually have a hard time digesting them.
Usually, when a dog eats a banana peel he'll get an upset stomach or loose stools.
For preventative measures, take your dog out for a walk to keep your carpet clean.
Also, watch for any signs of vomiting, pain, or any different behavior. If this happens, take him to the veterinary.
There are a few dried fruits you can give your dog, and there are a few others you can't give.
Here is a short list of what's allowed for dogs and what's not allowed:
Apples : Although not so nutrient-packed as some other fruits, dried apples make a great low calorie treat.
Peaches : They are not a very common dried fruit but is still healthy because they're a source of potassium, iron, copper, and niacin.
Apricots : Is a source of vitamin A, copper , vitamin E and potassium.
Figs : Dried figs contain mineral such as calcium, potassium, manganese and magnesium.
Pears: Are rich in vitamin C, iron, vitamin K, and copper.
Raisins : Dried raisins or raisins in any form are not recommended for dogs. They can cause kidney failure.
Keep grapes and raisins away from your dog and if he eats it, take him to the veterinary immediately.
Other fruits that are NOT safe for dogs:
Cherries: Cherry plants contain a substance called cyanide and it's toxic to dogs.
Cyanide makes it difficult for your dog's blood cells to get enough oxygen.
If by accident your dog eats cherries, watch for signs of red gums, dilated pupils, and difficulty breathing. These might be an indication of cyanide poisoning.
Avocados: Dogs shouldn't eat any part if the seed-pit or plant. If they do, they may experience oxygen deprivation that can cause death or pancreatitis.
Scientists are still not sure whether it's the oils , or the avocado meat that is poisonous to dogs.
So it's best to avoid feeding it to your dog altogether.
Tomatoes: Although the tomato is generally safe for dogs , it's best to avoid it because the green parts of the plant contain a toxic substance called solanine.
A dog would have to eat a lot of solanine to get poisoned but it's best to prevent it by not feeding your dog tomatoes.
So, your dog is allowed to safely eat dried banana chips but here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Always keep the moderation factor in mind .
Too much banana chips can give your dog an upset stomach or even make him gain a few extra pounds.
- Avoid banana chips with artificial sweeteners .
A good idea is to make your own at home to give Fido.
- Only use banana chips as treats
and not as part of your dog's daily diet.
By following these tips you will be a responsible owner who cares for the health of your pet, andyour pooch will reap all the benefits of the banana.
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