If you own a Boston Terrier, you know they love to eat. Bella, my Boston, will try to eat all sorts of foods whether or not the food is good for her.
This is why you have to be extra cautious of what food you keep in your home. If you aren’t careful, she may find her way into something that is unhealthy or even dangerous.
One food that is common in households is bananas. They’re delicious, nutritious, convenient, and affordable.
Let’s explore the nutritional benefits of giving your Boston Terrier bananas.
Is it Ok For My Boston Terrier to Eat Bananas?
Yes, Boston Terrier can eat bananas. Bananas do not contain any inherently poisonous compounds. Also, bananas will provide your Boston with plenty of health benefits.
Many people have a fruit bowl laying out on their counter or kitchen table. In this fruit bowl, you can usually find bananas.
They are a very versatile fruit that can be eaten whole, mixed in with oatmeal, baked into bread, or even blended into a smoothie or protein shake.
Health Benefits Of Feeding Your Boston Terrier Bananas
Bananas are rich in several vital nutrients that your Boston needs, making them a great alternative to fatty or salty treats that could be unhealthy for her.
Here is a list of the key nutrients your Boston Terrier will be receiving from Bananas.
Nutrients found in bananas include
- Potassium – potassium is important to a healthy heart, brain, and muscle function.
- Vitamin C – vitamin C can help reduce inflammation
- Fiber – fiber aids in digestion.
- Magnesium — needed for over 300 biochemical reactions in her body. Supports a healthy immune system, nerve and muscle function, keeps bones strong and regulates energy and protein production (among other things).
- Manganese — helps to maintain the bones and cartilage in joints, produce energy, metabolize protein and carbohydrates, and create fatty acids.
- Biotin — Contributes to healthy skin and coat, as well as aiding in digestion, growth, and muscle formation.
- Copper — Helps her absorb iron, also contributes to strong bones and nerve health.
How Much Of Each Nutrient Is In One Medium Banana?
The Health Hazards Of Feeding Your Boston Terrier Bananas
Like many fruits, bananas contain a lot of sugar.
Too much sugar in the short-term can upset your Boston’s stomach. Also, excessive fiber from too much banana can lead to constipation.
In the long-term, too many bananas, just like any other food in excess, can cause her to become overweight. Or worse, lead to diabetes, as well as damage her teeth.
Moderation Is The Key
Feed your Boston bananas in moderation. A slice or two here and there is fine, but don’t feed her a whole banana every day.
You should speak to a veterinarian just in case.
Do Not Feed Your Boston The Banana Peel
Stay away from the peels as well. While not toxic to your Boston, these do not digest easily.
Plus, they can cause dangerous blockages.
Be Sure To Serve In Small Pieces
Also, make sure that any banana slices you feed her are cut into small enough pieces. Since she’s a little dog, too large of a piece of banana can cause a blockage.
Since bananas are a bit goopy and chances are your Boston is like my Bella, they will try to inhale the banana. So ensure the banana treat is bite-size.
Can Boston Terriers Be Allergic To Bananas?
Yes, like any dog or human, there could be a chance your Boston Terrier is allergic to bananas. However, the possibility of this is very rare.
If you see any signs of an allergic reaction, call your veterinarian immediately. Signs could include difficulty breathing, sneezing, and coughing, among other symptoms. And of course, STOP FEEDING HER BANANAS.
Here Are Some Ways To Give Your Boston Terrier Bananas
Need some creative ways to feed your Boston bananas? Try these methods out.
1) Mash up a banana and mix it in with her food.
2) Create a dog treat and mix banana into the recipe.
3) Stuff a banana into a Kong or a toy and then freeze it.
4) Freeze a banana, peel it, then feed it to her as a refreshing treat on a hot day.
5) Make a smoothy with banana (and other dog-friendly fruits if you desire) and feed her a spoonful or two.
6) Add banana to some peanut butter and feed her the mixture in moderation.
Here is the recipe on how I made frozen banana peanut butter treats.
- Place one ½ ripe banana in a mixing bowl with 5 Tablespoons water (you can add more water as you see fit). Mash the banana until it is almost a creamy texture.
- Add the peanut butter (Be sure to find peanut butter without additives, especially avoid Xylitol) to the banana mixture. Mix everything together thoroughly.
- On a plate lay down a piece of parchment paper.
- Scoop out four cookies onto the parchment paper. When scooping, use the tablespoon in order to have four evenly sized cookies. You will have a little extra batter, add the excess mixture evenly among all four cookies.
- Next, place the cookies into the freezer for two hours or until frozen.
- Share with your dog and watch them scarf these treats down!
Yes, Your Boston Terrier Can Eat Bananas
Bananas are perfectly fine for your Boston when she eats them in moderation. They have plenty of helpful nutrients to keep her healthy and strong, and they provide a nice change of pace from her regular diet.
Just be sure to avoid the banana peels, and again, be careful how often you feed her bananas. Talk to a veterinarian if you have any concerns.
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