A concerned member of the group asked me: Can dogs eat banana peels? This post is my answer to that inquiry and I hope it could help you somehow. Yes, banana peels are beneficial to our four-legged pals, regardless of the breed. There was a study conducted by Louise Tenney, author of Today’s Herbal Health: An Essential Reference; there he clearly stated that banana peels have essential fatty acids which is beneficial for your pet. The said fatty acids are very effective in treating rashes and hot spots if mashed and applied topically and they are also very good in keeping your pet’s coat and skin healthy. The banana peel is also very good in fighting against fungal infections; simply rub the peel on the affected part 2x a day until the infection disappear. Furthermore, aside from its topical benefits, when eaten it has high doses of vitamins B6 and A. These vitamins would aid in sharpening your pet’s eye sight and maintain a healthy nervous system. Compared to the fruit itself, banana peel contains 40% potassium. We all know that potassium is very good for the kidneys, nerves, digestive system, muscles and heart to function properly. Potassium also aids in keeping balance between the sodium and water levels in the body. Apart from the minerals and vitamins I mentioned earlier, banana peel also contains lutein which is very effective in treating degenerative eye disorders in elderly dogs.
Can Dogs Eat Banana Peels
Most vets would give banana in small amounts to dogs who have bowel issues or colitis. Banana is made up of enzymes which would soothe an irritated colon and would also slow down the spasms. Also, it has enough sugars to perk up a dog who demands an increase due to digestive diseases. One approach that is also yummy for your pet is by cutting a small size of banana then wrap it in a tablespoon of peanut butter. This method is delicious as well as healthier to deal with for canines of any size or breed. Excessive banana consumption can cause loose stool so be careful. Due to its high potassium content, if consumed in overly high amounts can be bad for him. Just give him a little piece on a daily basis.
When to Give Fruits
The factor about bananas and fruits in general is their sugar content. Fruits require a particular enzyme in order to break them down. Thus, if you feed more fruits along with meat and vegetables, then they’re not going to be digested properly. All those undigested sugar gets stored in their system which is conducive for bacterial growth, hence health issues would arise. So, the key here is to know when to feed fruits to your pet.
If you are going to give fruits to your pet ahead of his meal, make it one hour before. And be sure to give enough time for his system to digest it first before you feed him his meals. And if you decide to give fruits after his meal, then wait at least 2 hours after he has eaten.
There you have it, I hope my post have answered the question: Can dogs eat banana peels? Know that eating banana peels can be an acquired taste to other breeds, thus it is necessary to introduce it to him gradually. Begin with small portions then increase it until he gets used to it. You can be creative on how you want to serve it to your pekingese. A banana peel a day can keep the vet away.
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