Why do I give my dog bananas and apples?

Happy dog Bulldog playing with apple

Bananas and apples are the most common fruits in any kitchen. They are delicious, cheap and versatile, besides being a great source of energy.
But can dogs eat bananas and apples? The truth is that they are recommended fruits for dogs; in this post, we tell you all the details.

Can dogs eat bananas?

Of course! Bananas are a healthy alternative to many packaged treats, which are often high in fat and salts or sugars.

Benefits of bananas for dogs.

Bananas are rich in vitamins, minerals, and many beneficial properties.

Potassium: is an essential electrolyte for regulating optimal fluid balance in the body.

Magnesium: facilitate energy transport and promotes healthy bone growth in active dogs and puppies.

Vitamin C: contribute to the formation of cartilage in the body and protection of cells from damage.

Fiber: helps to solve and prevent gastrointestinal problems in dogs.

In addition, a small amount of banana is a good dietary supplement when the dog has intestinal problems or diarrhea.

How much banana can I give my dog?

Not too many, although they provide many benefits to dogs, you should offer them as a snack and not as a substitute in his diet.

Large and medium sized dogs can eat half a regular sized banana a day, while small breeds and puppies should only eat a maximum of 3 small pieces of banana a day.

Like so many other things in life, giving your dog too much banana can cause side effects:

  • Constipation
  • Hyperkalemia (excess of potassium in the blood).
  • Heart problems and, in the worst case, cardiac arrest.
  • Weight gain due to its high sugar content.
  • Irregularities in the level of sugar in the blood.


The most common symptoms of a dog eating too many bananas:

  • Straining to evacuate.
  • Pain and discomfort.
  • Diarrhea and vomiting.

Also, beware of husks! While shells are not toxic to dogs, they are difficult to digest and can cause a blockage.

Can Dogs Eat Apples?

Yes, they can! And most dogs love them.

Apples are a known excellent source of vitamin C, fiber, calcium, and phosphorus and a sure way to satisfy your dog’s sweet tooth.

Benefits of apples.

Helps with gastrointestinal problems.

Thanks to the pectin that helps to absorb gastric juices, as well as to eliminate bad cholesterol and toxins.

Helps with dental problems.

Eating apples cleans your dog’s teeth and strengthens the gums, although it does not replace your dog’s oral hygiene routine, it is a big help too.

Hydrates and purifies.

Thanks to its water content, it keeps your dog hydrated while purifying it. Apples are recommended for dogs with kidney problems for this reason.

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KauKau – dog chew toy

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How to give apples to my dog?

  • We recommend cutting them into chunks, so they are easy to chew.
  • Avoid giving the seeds, as they contain cyanide, a toxic substance for dogs.
  • Do not give him the core of the apple either, as he could suffocate.


So, can dogs eat bananas and apples?

Absolutely! They are an excellent snack for them as long as they are fed correctly and in moderate amounts.

–  An apple a day, keeps the dogtor away!