Tuesday, 4 September 2012

do dogs eat bananas?

Because I'm writing a post on my other blog about bananas, I wanted to write here about Penny eating bananas.

She loves them and begs for a little piece every time someone has one, which is quite frequently. I thought I'd better check my facts before posting on this topic.

There are lots of sites on the Net saying it's okay for dogs to eat bananas, but also some isolated mentions of their being toxic.

The ASPCA lists it as non-toxic.

Lowchens Australia (an amazingly huge and detailed site) includes bananas on its list of plants that are non-toxic to dogs.

I looked in a couple of books on my shelf and two books include banana in recipes.

Dr Sasha Herbert, a vet at Lort Smith Animal Hospital, in her pet cookbook nibble munch chomp, has the following delicious-sounding recipe for fruit muffins for dogs:

preparation time
 Medium: 15-45 minutes to prepare 

1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup oat bran
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg lightly beaten
1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoon vegetable oil
3/4 cup milk (low lactose)
1/2 apple grated
1/2 banana mashed 

Preheat oven to 200°C (390°F).
Line muffin tins with baking paper.
Mix dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl mix the egg, honey, oil and fruit.
Add the milk to the dry ingredients and blend well.
Add the other wet ingredients into the batter and mix well.
Distribute the mix evenly between your muffin tins.
Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Served cooled.

Cooking For Your Dog, by Ingeborg Pils, includes this recipe for banana chips:

12 oz (350g) whole wheat flour
3 fl oz (100 ml) skimmed milk
1 egg
1 pureed banana
1 tablespoon golden syrup

Mix all the ingredients into a dough. Roll our the dough on a floured surface to 1/2 inch (1 cm) thickness and cut into small cubes. Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C).

Cover a baking sheet with baking parchment and place the cookies on it. Bake in the hot oven for about 30 minutes.

Penny would think she had gone to heaven if I served up either of these to her, as we don't feed her wheat products or milk. Note I didn't say she never gets them. She usually manages to haul us toward fallen food on the street and has had her share of muffins, bread, hamburgers in a bun, sandwiches, cakes...just about anything you could imagine, actually.


Mitch and Molly said...

Both of us love bananas and angel Maggie did too until she got older and then she refused to eat them. She would turn her head away like mom was trying to poison her.
Your muffin recipe sounds delicious!

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

parlance said...

Mollie and Mitch, I was thinking of your mum when I posted that first recipe!

parlance said...

Whoops, spelled your name wrong, Molly. Sorry about that. I think I was dreaming of angel Maggie and how she used to love bananas.

Lassiter Chase and Benjamin said...

Mommy doesn't give us bananas. Not sure why. She just hogs them for herself. Not fair!

parlance said...

Benjie and Lassie, if you've never had bananas you might as well stick with that. Why try new, untested things when there are so many yummy treats that you've already tasted and like?

Johann The Dog said...

Oh we love, love, love nanners! Have them all the time, but all things in moderation of course. Mum puts 'em in homemade frosty paws, nom!

parlance said...

Johann, those frosty paws sound good! We're coming into spring here, so summer goodies sound delicious.