My Dog Ate A Banana Peel: Worry Time? (Solved & Explained!)

So your dog ate a banana peel and you’ve ended up here because you’re not sure if you should be freaking out yet.

Despite the opinions of some, banana peel is actually not toxic to dogs, but that’s not to say they should consume them if it’s possible to avoid it. Banana peels are difficult to digest and have several side effects that mean you most certainly shouldn’t give your dog banana peels by choice.

While there are some less than joyful side effects to your dogs’ consumption of banana peels, the good news is that there’s no reason why it ought to be a matter of life or death in most cases. We’ll delve into the potential issues that may arise throughout this article and how you can address them.

Why do dogs eat banana peels?

Many dogs will eat anything they can get their hands on, whether it’s edible is often an afterthought for many.

As a dog owner, you’ll be experienced in fishing things out of your dog’s mouth that they weren’t supposed to eat, so it’s unlikely their consumption of a banana peel will come as a surprise to you.

What side effects may occur after eating banana peel?

There are a number of side effects that your dog may experience after consuming a banana peel. They range from no side effects at all and continue up the scale of discomfort.

Usually, you’ll find nothing actually happens at all and the banana peel will just pass through the digestive system as does everything else. But should side effects occur, the main side effect you should be prepared for is vomiting. Simply due to banana peels containing an extremely high amount of fibre; which in turn makes them difficult to digest. Not to mention that they’re bitter in taste and add little to no value to your dogs’ diet.

So could my dog actually die from eating a banana peel?

Technically yes. Whilst banana peels themselves aren’t toxic to dogs, the effects could technically be fatal depending on the situation.

Although rare, it is possible that your dog could have an allergic reaction. If you notice that your dog has itchy skin, hives, or swelling of any sort; it is imperative that you call your veterinary provider right away as a matter of urgency.

However, the biggest threat to your dogs’ health is that the banana peel could cause gastrointestinal obstruction, a condition that left untreated can be life-threatening and lead to further complications. Gastrointestinal obstructions are caused when a foreign object becomes lodged in the intestines on its way out of the body.

These types of obstructions can cause serious and life-threatening injuries, such as stomach and intestine perforations. Typically, a dog suffering from an obstruction of this sort will demonstrate abdominal pain by resorting to a bowing down position and express a lack of appetite. It is worth noting that this is a medical emergency.

How do I help ease the side effects?

First things first, don’t panic; chances are it’s going to be fine. But even if you are concerned; it’s important that you stay calm and level-headed. In cases of concern, the best thing to do is always to seek professional and medical help from a suitable veterinary practitioner. Should that not be an option available to you for whatever reason, or should you be confident it is not a medical emergency per se, following the steps outlined below should help you through the stressful situation:

  • Let your dog rest
  • Do not feed them food for 12-16 hours.
  • Give them small amounts of water.
  • Do not give them medicine.
  • After 12 hours, try bland food.

Resting your body is a very important part of healing and this fact remains true for dogs, too. Let your dog rest in terms of physical exertion as well as resting their digestive system by ensuring they do not eat anything for 12-16 hours.

Vomiting causes dehydration and so, although you can withhold food for that period, it is very important to ensure their continued access to small amounts of water at very regular intervals. Large amounts of water are likely to, much like food, further aggravate their already sensitive stomach.

As tempting as it may be, don’t give them medicine of any kind; again, this is due to the probability of causing further aggravation to their stomach. If after 12 hours of keeping water down, the vomiting has stopped, you should try to introduce a very bland combination of food such as white rice and boiled rice.

If after all of the steps outlined above your dog continues to vomit even after the 12 hours of no food and resting, it is absolutely advisable to book them in to see a veterinary professional for a more in-depth analysis and to rule out anything sinister.

Conclusion

It’s safe to say that, where possible, it’s highly recommended to avoid feeding your dog banana peel. Sure the odds are on your side, and the chances are that the dog will be fine with no long-lasting or even noticeable effects, but the small chance that something could go seriously wrong is too big a risk to take for your beloved family pet.

Keeping bins and food scraps out of reach of your family dog is always the best bet, either by putting them up high or in an area where they cannot gain access without supervision of some sort. However, if your cheeky pup does manage to get its jaws around a banana peel, above all else, remember not to panic. Calmly assess the situation, pay attention to the behaviour of your pup, and be prepared to take quick action should it be required.

Chances are they’ll be absolutely fine with no long-lasting effects or complications, but even if they aren’t; now that you’re equipped with what to look out for and what to do in an emergency, your pup is in the best possible hands.