Yes. The cooking or vegetable banana is not harmful to dogs, but should not be served raw or in large quantities. Plantains contain dietary fiber and some anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Their fiber content can help ease digestive problems, but too much will cause digestive upset. There is another plant called plantains lily that is toxic and dangerous to dogs. This plant looks a bit like lavender (not like a banana tree!) and does not bear fruit.
Serve small amounts of boiled or steamed (not raw or fried) plantains periodically. If plantains are readily available and your dog has had an upset stomach, mashed cooked plantains are good recovery meal. Don’t serve plantains that have been seasoned with any added sugar.
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