Are Bananas Good For Dogs? Foods Dogs Can (& Can’t) Eat
Can dogs eat bananas? Sure!
There are a lot of great things about bananas (aside from being able to use them as a telephone). Bananas are perfectly safe for dogs as long as they’re not eating, like, an entire bunch of them.
Bananas also have plenty of benefits. For example, they’ve got a lot of good nutrients that can be tough for your dog to get otherwise: vitamin B, vitamin C and potassium.
They’ve also got tons of fiber, which, like with humans, can help keep your dog regular. Fiber (along with other natural enzymes) also makes them a good choice for dogs with inflamed colons or bowel problems.
Of course, you can have too much of a good thing. With bananas, too much of a good thing can result in constipation.
Still, a size-appropriate servicing of banana can be a good, healthy snack for your dog.
Can dogs eat apples? In moderation (and be careful of the seeds and core).
According to the almighty Cesar Milan, apples are tough and fibrous enough to help clean a dog’s teeth, which makes them a passable, low-cost alternative to dental chews (although you still need to brush your pup’s teeth).In general, it’s fine to give your dog a small servingof apples. Like other fruits, apples contain tons of great vitamins and minerals, and those are always a good thing. Specifically, apples contain vitamin K, calcium, vitamin C and soluble fiber.
So why only in moderation?
First, the seeds, core and stem of an apple contain cyanide, which is toxic to both dogs and humans (dog’s just have a little more trouble stopping themselves from eating stuff than people do).
Plus, apple seeds tend to be easy to miss–they kind of “hide” in apple slices, so if you are going to feed your dog some apples, please be extra careful with the core and seeds.
You also don’t want to go crazy with apples for the same reason you don’t want to go crazy with any fruit: while fruit can add nutrients to your dog’s diet, the largest chunk of her food should come from meat (especially for breeds like French bulldogs).
Can dogs eat avocado? Nope.
Some animals—horses, birds and rabbits in particular—tend to have really bad reactions to this stuff.Avocados contain a chemical called persin, a fungicidal toxin that leaks out from the pit and gets absorbed into the pulp.
According to the ASPCA, dogs won’t experience serious illness from eating avocado, but they can still get an upset stomach if they eat a lot of it (thanks to Jen from Dogthusiast for pointing this out). Still, the ASPCA does mention avocado on their list of foods that are hazardous to dogs.
However, since dogs tend to be overzealous eaters, they can also eat the pit, which can block their digestive tract and cause serious problems.
If your dog accidentally eats a little bit of avocado, you probably don’t need to worry; you may just see a bit of vomiting and diarrhea. If she eats a bunch of it or eats the pit, though, a call to your vet may be in order. And, of course, if you’re not sure… take her to the vet to be safe.
Can dogs eat popcorn? Not recommended.
Popcorn is not toxic to dogs, and eating a little bit of fully popped popcorn isn’t going to hurt.
However, in our humble opinion, it’s still not a great idea. First, eating uncooked seeds can cause problems for dogs , and we all know how painfully easy it is to accidentally get a few un-popped seeds in our mouth while eating popcorn.
The only difference is that we’ll pick them out, but our dogs will swallow them. Consuming un-popped popcorn can upset your dog’s tummy and lead to dental disease.
Plus, there’s not a ton of nutritional value in popcorn anyway. So, while fully popped popcorn isn’t toxic to dogs, there are too many risks to be worth it really.
If you absolutely must feed your dog popcorn, feed her plain popcorn without sugar or butter, or go with a commercial popcorn treat specifically made for dogs (like Pupcorn).
Can dogs eat carrots? Sure!
You’ll find carrots as an ingredient in lots of dog foods, since it contains beta-carotene, which is a great for your pup’s eyes. Carrots are also good for her skin and coat, which makes them a really snack for long-haired dogs like golden retrievers or Maltese pups.Carrots are an awesome, healthy snack for dogs.
Even better, though, dogs tend to really like the texture. I mean, think about it: a carrot is basically a big stick you can eat. What dog wouldn’t love that!
You can feed your dog cooked or raw carrots. The only real restrictions here are to (like all food) not go overboard and be careful with carrots if your dog has diabetes, since they do contain sugar.
Can dogs eat grapes? Nope.
I’ve told this to people, and a few of them have said, “What? I trained my dog to sit with grapes!” If that’s you, you don’t necessarily need to worry.The understanding of how grapes affect dogs is actually recent, but it’s been discovered that they’re associated with canine kidney failure. According to the ASPCA, no one’s quite sure why this happens, but it does.
Some dogs can eat grapes without experiencing any significant side effects (again, the reasons are unknown). Others, though, can develop serious, life-threatening illnesses.
If your dog has ingested grapes and is experiencing toxicosis, you’ll probably see some combination of vomiting, fatigue and diarrhea, which means you should take her to the vet pronto.
If your dog’s eaten grapes in the past but didn’t develop sudden symptoms of toxicosis, you should still mention it to your vet at your pup’s next checkup.