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Unzip a banana

Can dogs eat bananas? Those of us of a certain age will remember the black and white 1960s TV ad encouraging us to eat more bananas. The campaign even had a catchy and compelling theme tune to go with it.

“When you haven’t got time to eat, unzip a banana.”
“When you fancy a fruity treat, unzip a banana.”

I think you get the picture!

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The ad worked well. To this very day the tune still pops into my head when I unzip a banana before slicing it up over my breakfast cereal!

The purpose of that particular advertising campaign was to increase the sale of bananas by emphasizing the fruit’s convenience and versatility. Any similar ad campaign today would no doubt focus on the banana’s numerous health benefits.

Can dogs eat bananas?

The thing is though, bananas are not just good for humans. They’re good for dogs too, and it’s a shame more people aren’t aware of the fact.

Bananas are a great source of vitamins and minerals. They’re rich in antioxidants that can benefit your dog’s skin and coat. And they’re a good source of fibre which is great for canine digestive health.

Low in sodium, cholesterol and fat, many vets today recommend bananas in place of less healthy commercial treats.

And then of course there’s the fact that the humble banana is such a great source of energy. That’s why we see tennis players snacking on bananas during lengthy tennis matches.

As the 1960s ad pointed out, aside from their health benefits, bananas are also versatile. From your dog’s point of view they can be fed raw, mashed, diced or sliced. They can be cooked in your dog’s food or mashed and combined with other ingredients to make treats for your best friend. They can also be used in smoothies and dog-safe ice cream made with natural yogurt.

So next time you “unzip a banana”, consider unzipping one for your dog as well. Why should we human beings have all the fun. And as you may now have gathered, the answer to the question can dogs eat bananas is a resounding yes!!!

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