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Can Shih Tzus Eat Bananas? Are They Safe?

Ashley Bates

By Ashley Bates

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It’s exciting to learn that our dogs can benefit from having fruits and veggies in their diet. That way, you don’t have to worry about getting in trouble with “people” food, but you can still share when they start begging. Can you share if you’re chowing down on a banana and see those irresistible Shih Tzus eyes beg for a bite? Absolutely! Bananas are not only yummy for your dog to snack on, but they also have a broad spectrum of health benefits.

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Banana Nutrition Facts

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Quantity: 1 Medium Banana

Calories: 105
Potassium: 422 mg
Carbohydrates: 27 g
Dietary fiber: 3.1 g
Sugar: 14 g
Protein: 1.3 g
Vitamin C: 17%
Iron: 1%
Vitamin B6: 20%
Magnesium: 8%

Benefits of Bananas for Dogs

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Bananas have a vast number of benefits. First, they are very soft and mild flavored, making them a perfect addition to dog food toppers, snacks for seniors, and wet food, and they can disguise canine medicine. But on top of their pleasing consistency, bananas offer many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

  • Vitamin B6Potassium is a terrific mineral for blood pressure, helping your dog maintain heart health.
  • Vitamin C – Even though dogs make their own vitamin C, bananas still provide an immunity booster.
  • Pectin – Pectin Is responsible for improving blood sugar and killing cancer cells.
  • Potassium – Potassium works with sodium to maintain normal levels of fluid in cells.
  • Tryptophan – Tryptophan is responsible for maintaining body proteins, neurotransmitters, muscles, and enzymes.

Downfalls of Bananas for Dogs

If you feed your dog bananas too often, it can have its downfalls. Dogs need a consistent diet of plant and animal matter to thrive, and more than one food is needed to create a well-balanced diet.

Also, feeding your dogs too many bananas can deplete other valuable nutrients in their daily diet. It can also make their sugar intake too high, causing weight gain and contributing to other later-in-life illnesses like diabetes. Of course, you probably won’t feed your dog portions remotely close to causing a problem.

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Can Dogs Eat Banana Peels?

Dogs should eat peeled bananas. However, if your dog gets a hold of the peel, it’s non-toxic. Because of the choking hazard, it’s best to avoid serving the peel. Shih Tzus are tiny dogs that can quickly get a piece of it caught in their throats.

If you mince, mash, or puree the whole banana, it is much better than serving the tough husks of the fruit.

Other Dog-Safe Fruits

Bananas aren’t the only dog-safe fruits. Your dog can eat all sorts of berry, tropical, and orchard favorites.

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Some of these include:

  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Blueberries
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberry
  • Pears
  • Pineapple
  • Mangoes
  • Raspberries
  • Cranberries
  • Cucumbers
  • Oranges
  • Pumpkin

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Potentially Dangerous Fruits

Below are a couple of fruits that are toxic or pose other risks to your canine friend.

  • Avocado—contains persin, which causes vomiting and diarrhea in dogs.
  • Grapes—contains tartaric acid, which is poisonous to dogs.
  • Cherries—pits, leaves, and stems contain cyanide.
  • Tomatoes—green parts of tomatoes contain toxic solanine and tomatine.
  • Persimmons—the fruit is non-toxic, but seeds can cause digestive problems.
  • Citrus—the fruit is perfectly safe, but the skins cause gastrointestinal upset.
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Banana-Inspired Treats for Shih Tzus

Several pet food websites are offering excellent recipes containing bananas. Most of them only take a few ingredients and prove simple to make. Before making any homemade treats, contact your veterinarian to ensure they’re suitable for your dog.

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So, now you know how beneficial bananas can be for your Shih Tzu. They have all the right vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to boost your pup’s daily diet. Your Shih Tzu can eat the fruit, but we don’t recommend serving the skin due to potential choking hazards. Although several pet food websites have healthy banana recipes for dogs, we suggest showing any homemade dog food or treat recipes to your veterinarian before making them.

See Also: Can Shih Tzus Eat Eggs? Are They Safe?

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