When I was 19 my Mom gave Ejy (my Pomeranian mix) some banana.
Only years later I started to wonder…
Can Pomeranians eat bananas safely?
In this article you’ll find out:
- If bananas can serve as a snack for Pomeranians.
- When bananas could be the cause for constipation.
- The one rule that you need to learn by heart in order to keep your Pom alive and kicking.
- And more…
Table of contents
- Can Pomeranians eat bananas?
- Why bananas can be a great snack for your Pom
- The dark side of bananas (why they’re not always good for your Pom)
- The right amount of banana for your Pomeranian
- What to do if your Pomeranian overate with banana?
- Best ways to feed banana to your Pomeranian
- Interesting facts about bananas
- Can Pomeranians eat banana chips?
- Can Pomeranians eat banana bread?
- What about other fruits?
Can Pomeranians eat bananas?
Pomeranians can eat bananas in moderation. While bananas are high in sugar, they also contain vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, fiber, magnesium and potassium. This is why bananas are a great snack. Just make sure it’s not part of your Pom’s main diet.
Want to know more about Poms and bananas? Just continue reading…
You can also check out this article with 21 fruits that your Pom can and can’t eat.
Why bananas can be a great snack for your Pom
Did you know that in some cases vets recommend bananas as a snack?
This is because bananas are rich in potassium. And at the same time they’re low in sodium and cholesterol. This makes bananas a healthier alternative than a lot of prepacked snacks (which contain, most often, salt and fat).
I know. I know. All this talk about nutrients doesn’t really explain why bananas serve as a great snack.
So let’s dive in a little bit deeper:
|What bananas contain:||How this can help your Pomeranian:|
|Vitamin C.||Vitamin C boosts your Poms immune system.|
|Fiber.||Fiber can help your Pom to prevent and resolve gastrointestinal problems.|
|Magnesium.||Magnesium helps your Pom to build protein and absorb vitamins. It can also help with bone growth in puppies and active Poms.|
|Potassium.||Potassium helps with regulating an optimal fluid balance. It’s also great for muscle development (a.k.a. a strong Pom).|
Now you know how your Pomeranian can benefit from bananas…
… But before you run to your local groceries store to buy a bunch of bananas you should get to know…
The dark side of bananas (why they’re not always good for your Pom)
Like with everything in live:
Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.
While bananas can serve as a great snack, when your Pom eats to much banana it can have some negative side effects…
- Weight gain. Bananas are high in sugar content. This can cause weight gain in your Pom. And there a lot of health risks associated with overweight Pomeranians.
- Constipation. This can be a side effect if your Poms eats too much banana at once.
- Vomiting and intestinal blockage. Most people don’t feed the banana peel to their beloved Pom, but some do. While peels are not toxic for Poms, it’s best to avoid it. Banana peels can cause your Pom to vomit. It also can cause constipation. And in the worst case, intestinal blockage!
Eating too much banana can also cause blood sugar irregularities.
And if all these things sound scary, that’s because they are!
This is why you shouldn’t feed your Pomeranian too much banana. Now you might be thinking, ‘wow Petya, this is great, thanks for sharing all this valuable info, but what is the right amount of banana to give to my Pom?’.
That’s a great question :)! Read on to find out:
The right amount of banana for your Pomeranian
Ok. Let’s be real:
Every Pomeranian is different.
Some Poms can be allergic to bananas (signs to look out for: sneezing, couching, swelling, hives, and so forth).
Some Poms don’t like bananas (recently a girl fed a raisin to my dog. After telling her that raisins and grapes can be dangerous for dogs, I told her that bananas are a healthier alternative. Her response: ‘my dog doesn’t like bananas‘ – yeah, that’s a possibility).
And some Poms are bigger than others.
So it’s impossible to tell you the exact amount of banana that you can feed to your Pom.
But there is one simple rule I would like to tell you about…
The 10% rule (keep this in mind if you feed your Pom banana)
This rule states that your Poms daily calorie intake should contain of:
- Normal food – 90%.
- Snacks – 10%.
Bananas fall in the snack category.
And while this isn’t a scientific rule by all means, a lot of vets and experts tent to agree on this rule.
So if your Pom doesn’t have an allergic reaction to bananas, it’s a good rule to keep in mind.
What to do if your Pomeranian overate with banana?
In this case, it’s always best to consult with your vet.
Don’t wait ‘just to see what happens after a few hours have passed’.
It’s best to seek veterinary advice immediately.
Here are some signs that your Pom ate too much banana:
- Dilated pupils.
- Yelping (or whining).
Even if your Pom doesn’t show any of these signs, it’s still a good idea to visit your vet.
Now that we’ve talked about the benefits and dangers of bananas, lets talk about the…
Best ways to feed banana to your Pomeranian
You can freeze a banana, slice it, and feed it to your Pom.
You can also skip the freezing part, slice it, and give it to your Pom.
But what if you want something that’s a little bit more exciting?
In this case, I recommend that you watch one of the following videos (or if you feel inspired: watch all of them and start batching some great snacks for your Pom child):
Pomeranian banana treat #1 (with peanut butter)
If you want to make this treat, make sure that your peanut butter doesn’t contain Xylitol (this is toxic for your beloved Pom).
Pomeranian banana treat #2 (with carrots)
And after watching (and cooking) those delicious recipes, check out these:
Interesting facts about bananas
Did you know that…
- Bananas float in water (like apples and melons).
- Bananas are actually berries (yes, like strawberries, blue berries, and so forth).
- The inside of a banana peel can help if you’ve been bitten by a mosquito (or another bug). Just rub the inside peel on the place where you’ve been bitten, and the oil in the banana peel will prevent the itching feeling.
- If songwriters write a song about fruit, they tend to pick bananas over other fruits (most ‘fruit songs’ are are about bananas).
Ok. This might not be super relevant. But at least it’s fun to read (here you’ll find more funny facts about bananas).
Let’s continue with the ‘serious stuff’…
Can Pomeranians eat banana chips?
Pomeranians can eat natural banana chips. However, most banana chips is processed. Processed banana chips tent to contain a lot of sugar and other dangerous content, which makes it unhealthy for Pomeranians.
So if you ask me…
… Should I feed my Pomeranian banana chips?
Than I would recommend you not to do it.
But if you still want to feed your Pom banana chips, than at least make sure that it’s 100% natural banana chips.
Can Pomeranians eat banana bread?
It depends (as it does with banana chips).
If the banana bread contains raisins, chocolate or other toxins, than you shouldn’t feed it to your Pom.
Warning: Pre-made banana bread can contain a lot of sugar and sometimes toxic ingredients (like mentioned above).
So if you want to feed your Pom banana bread, it’s best to make it yourself (without toxic ingredients). Just keep in mind that banana is a snack, and it shouldn’t be a big part of your Poms diet.
What about other fruits?
After reading this article you know that bananas are an amazing snack for your Pom.
Just keep the 10% rule in mind and make sure that your Pom isn’t allergic to bananas.
But what about other fruits? Can Pomeranians eat them?
Or are bananas the only fruity snack to feed to your Pom?
Here you’ll discover some great snack ideas for your Pomeranian. Plus: you’ll also learn which fruits you should avoid at all times.
So it’s a definite must-read if you’re a Pom owner.
You can also read: This article which reveals 17 vegetables that your Pom can or can’t eat.