My friends see me as something of an expert in the world of pugs, and so one recently asked, “Can pugs eat bananas?”
While I was confident I knew the answer, I decided to do a bit of research to find out.
So, can pugs eat bananas?
Yes, pugs can eat bananas, but always in moderation.
About half a banana per week should be enough for your pug, but it’s always best to use quite ripe bananas.
Pug can benefit from the range of nutrients found in bananas, as these aren’t always easy to get into their diet.
Along with finding out whether bananas are good for pugs, I also decided to look up some of the best ways to prepare them.
In this article, I also cover some good recipes for banana dog treats.
Are Bananas Good For Pugs?
Bananas are an excellent fruit to include in your (and your pug’s) diet for several reasons.
First, bananas are completely non-toxic to dogs, which is more than you can say for a lot of other human foods.
Also, bananas are a great source of potassium, fiber, manganese, and vitamins B6 and C.
Many of these nutrients are only found in negligible amounts in dog foods, and usually only in higher quality brands. This makes bananas an ideal source of nutrients for your pug.
However, as with any fruit, it’s necessary to only feed in moderation. Remember that pugs are small dogs, and so a good portion for them is so much smaller than a good portion for a human. I’d recommend only feeding them half a banana per week at most.
The biggest appeal for pugs when it comes to bananas is that they’re sweet. There aren’t many naturally-occurring sources of sweet food in a pug’s diet, so bananas are ideal for use as a motivational treat.
The most important thing to bear in mind is that too much fruit can cause stomach upsets in dogs.
While bananas are a great source of fiber, too much can either cause constipation or diarrhea. As for which your pug will get, that’s just the luck of the draw!
I’d always recommend testing your pug with a small amount of banana before you go ahead and make them loads of treats.
Most pugs should be happy to eat a small piece of banana as it is, but you might want to mush it up first.
Also, if you have any concerns about feeding your pug bananas, speak to your vet first. They’ll be able to give you much more specific information.
When Are Bananas Bad For Pugs?
Overall, bananas are pretty good treats for your pug. However, there are some things you need to watch out for, including:
- It’s unlikely, but your pug might be allergic to bananas. Always give them a small piece to test and then watch out for any symptoms of an allergic reaction. These include itchy skin, vomiting, and diarrhea.
- Calorie content. The reason bananas are so good for us is because they’re high in “good” calories. However, too many bananas will cause your pug to gain weight, so be careful with how much you feed them.
- Stomach upset. Bananas are generally a very mild fruit, but dogs with sensitive stomachs can still have issues. If you have a sensitive dog, I’d probably avoid bananas altogether, or speak with your vet first.
- Banana peel. While the banana peel isn’t toxic, it can cause intestinal blockage if eaten.
It’s pretty unlikely that your pug will eat banana skin, as it doesn’t taste as good as the fruit inside.
However, at the same time, pugs really aren’t fussy eaters, so might try and nibble on a bit of fresh banana skin.
However, this can cause intestinal blockage because the skin is too thick to be broken down by their digestive system. This is particularly an issue if they manage to eat a large piece of banana peel.
If this happens, keep an eye on your pug for any signs of distress. These can include panicked behavior, constipation, constantly squatting to poop but nothing happening, vomiting, and loss of appetite.
Monitor them closely for the next 24 hours. Anything they eat will pass in that time, so if you don’t see any peel come out, then you need to contact your vet.
An obstruction in the intestines will have to be removed with surgery if it’s particularly serious.
The easiest way to avoid this is to dispose of the peel immediately after peeling the banana. Your pug might be tricked into thinking it’s food because it’ll smell like banana, and they love to try new food.
How To Feed Your Pug Bananas
I’ve found the easiest way to feed my pug bananas is to simply mash a small amount in a bowl and then give it to him.
He’s perfectly happy to eat banana whole, but pugs have a habit of not chewing properly so could easily choke on a piece of banana.
Alternatively, another option is to cut the banana into slices about ½ cm thick and then cut these in half.
Basically, you want to avoid circular or disc-shaped pieces because these will be easiest to choke on.
Another option, and this is my second most common method of feeding my pug banana, is to bite a piece off and feed it to them simply.
This is pretty good for controlling the size and shape of the pieces and means you can control portion size pretty easily.
Finally, if you’ve got a bit more time on your hands, or you want to treat your pug to something special, there are a number of amazing dog treats you can make from bananas.
Many of these contain other super healthy fruit and veg that your pug will love.
Two of my favorite recipes for banana-based dog treats are these sweet potato and banana biscuits, or these banana and carrot treats. Both recipes are super easy to make and will last for quite a while if stored properly.
Other DIY Banana Dog Treats For Pugs
One of the best things about feeding bananas to pugs is that because they’re non-toxic, they make a good base ingredient for dog treats. Realistically, any low-sugar, banana-based vegan recipe would be fine for feeding to your pug.
However, if you want to be on the safer side, there are plenty of dog-friendly recipes for you to choose from.
Here are some of my favorites that I like making for my pug:
Frozen banana and pumpkin treats
I find these treats are great for feeding to my pug on hot days because they taste great and keep him cool! What’s more, it’s a really simple recipe that anyone can make.
However, as with any dog treat, try not to feed your pug too many. These do still have some sugar in them, and the fruit and vegetables can still lead to an upset stomach. I’d recommend not feeding your pug more than 2 of these treats a day.
- One ripe banana
- 15oz of pumpkin puree (either fresh or canned, but not pumpkin pie filling)
- 1 cup plain yogurt, ideally non-fat
- 1 tsp. honey
- Put the banana and pumpkin puree in a blender and mix until smooth. This should only take a minute or so.
- Alternatively, you can mash by hand using a fork or potato masher. This will obviously take longer though.
- Add the puree mix, yogurt, and honey into a bowl and mix until the ingredients are combined.
- Pour into ice cube molds and leave overnight in the freezer.
This recipe is great because it only contains three ingredients and is so easy to make. Also, the treats keep for weeks in an airtight container, but they’ll get eaten long before that.
Always make sure it’s good quality peanut butter, and that it doesn’t contain xylitol. This is a sweetener that’s finding its way into peanut butter, and it can be very harmful to your pug.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/3 cup peanut butter (smooth, no added salt)
- One ripe banana
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Blitz the oats in a food processor until it’s floury.
- Add peanut butter and banana. Blitz until it’s a dough-like consistency.
- Roll out until it’s about 3mm thick and cut into shapes with a cookie cutter.
- Cook on a baking tray for 20-30 minutes. The cookies won’t really brown, but should be hard and browner underneath.
- Leave to cool on a wire tray and store in an airtight container.
It’s definitely very helpful to know that pugs can eat bananas.
As I found out, bananas are a great base ingredient for dog treats and contain a range of essential nutrients that you might not find in dog food.
However, it’s always worth remembering only to feed your pug bananas in moderation.
There’s nothing worse than your dog having an upset stomach, so is probably best avoided. Also, keep your pug away from those banana peels!