Yes, dogs can get sick from eating banana peels. A banana’s skin can cause a dog’s intestine to get blocked or cause nausea and vomiting with your pooch. While bananas are great options for expanding a dog’s nutrition and raising its potassium intake, you always have to peel the banana before giving it to your dog.
If a dog eats a banana peel, your dog could experience these symptoms:
- Stool problems (like absence and straining)
If your dog shows any of these signs, your vet should know right away. Some of these symptoms are very light and might not cause a problem to your dog’s digestive system. Others, on the other hand, are signs of intestine blockage and need to be addressed immediately.
Once your dog shows any of these signs, your veterinarian needs to be notified and might call you in for an immediate check-up on your dog. If the signs are not too concerning to the professional, the check-up can be scheduled later or on the following day. Most commonly, your vet will only tell you to monitor your dog in the interim.
If the symptoms escalate, your professional vet will have to take precautionary measures. Once you are in the veterinary office, the vet might:
- Check on your dog’s symptoms
- Remove the peel surgically
While surgical removal is very unlikely to happen, it is always possible to be needed. Therefore, to save yourself time and budget and not risk your pet’s health, keep the banana peels away from your pooch at all times.
Are Banana Peels Poisonous To Dogs?
The most important thing to know is that banana peels are not poisonous to your dog. Therefore, they will not get poisoned if they eat one. Some breeds and mixes can digest banana peels without a problem. On the other hand, for most dogs, it will cause a digestional problem.
While they are not poisonous, they might cause problems to the dog’s system after they are eaten. If ingested by your dog and left unsupervised, a banana’s skin can also cause bigger problems. This might even result in your dog dying if an intestinal blockage occurs and is not treated in time.
Do Banana Peels Help A Dog’s Upset Stomach?
Banana peels will not help a dog’s upset stomach, and they can only cause vomiting and blockages. While a banana can help humans because of its high fiber intake and is recommended to people living with Crohn’s disease, the same does not go for dogs.
There are numerous theories today that a banana’s peel will help with a dog’s digestion. A veterinarian backed none of these theories up. I strongly advise against feeding your dog banana peels and trying other home remedies instead.