It’s important as dog owners that we know what foods are safe for our dogs to eat. In this short post, we’ll talk about whether allowing your Shih Tzu to eat a banana is a good idea.
So Can Your Shih Tzu Eat Banana?
The simple answer is yes! Bananas are safe for your Shih Tzu to eat so you don’t have to worry if they accidentally ate some or you are thinking about giving some to your dog as a treat.
Below is a short, informative video that covers the benefits of feeding your Shih Tzu bananas and also a few things you should be careful of.
There are many fruit and vegetables that are suitable for dogs and banana is one of them. Although dogs have specific dietary requirements with a diet focused on protein and fats there can be many nutritional benefits from a variety of other food sources.
Certain fruits and vegetables can provide vitamins and minerals that will have positive health benefits for your Shih Tzu. However, there are fruits and vegetables that are toxic for dogs so always do your research first, especially if your dog is prone to allergies or food intolerances.
Also, add new foods to your dog’s diet in small amounts at first and gradually increase the portions over time. This will allow you to see if your Shih Tzu has any adverse effects whatever it is you’re are feeding them.
Healthy vitamins and minerals found in bananas include:
Bananas are very tasty fruits that most dogs enjoy enormously and bring many benefits to the health of your dog. Potassium in banana helps to strengthen bone by aiding the absorption of calcium. It also strengthens blood vessels and tones muscle.
Vitamin B6 in bananas has an anti-inflammatory function helping to prevent cardiovascular disease and also regulates the functions of red blood cells.
Bananas are high in fiber and can contribute to a better intestinal transit of your dog’s food. The high probiotic content will also help with overall digestive health.
Vitamin C is good for the immune system and keeps blood pressure levels stable. Also, the natural sugars of a banana will provide a healthy source of energy as many dog treats on the market contain highly processed sugars with additional additives, flavorings, and preservatives.
Health Problems Associated With Bananas
Although bananas are perfectly healthy for your Shih Tzu to eat there are some things you need to be aware of.
Overfeeding your dog banana can cause intestinal problems and hyperactivity. Once you have confirmed that your Shih Tzu can tolerate banana in their diet we would recommend only giving them a few chunks at any one time.
Also, avoid feeding your dog the banana skin. The skin can be hard to chew and cause choking and has high levels of potassium that can cause digestive problems and in rare cases can lead to convulsions.
Please also remember that banana should not be used as a replacement food and only as a healthy treat. If you are feeding your dog quality dog food then they should already be getting all the vitamins and nutrients they need to stay healthy.
If you would like to know more about what you should look for and what to avoid in a healthy dog food for your dog then please read our article – How To Choose The Best Food For Your Shih Tzu.