Pet Tips

Can Dogs Eat Jello?

April 12, 2022

You’re probably thinking, “Jello….for dogs!?”  Let me explain…

dogs JelloI’m not recommending that you feed your dog Jello treats made/sold for humans!  Jello treats for humans commonly contains added sugar and other ingredients that wouldn’t be good for your four legged friend.  But you can buy unflavored gelatin, which is dog safe, that can be flavored with natural ingredients, and is beneficial to dogs with joint issues.

This is the brand of gelatin that I normally buy.  It’s just plain, unflavored, gelatin.  My local grocery store carries it – I normally find it in the aisle where they sell powdered gelatin/Jello for people.

dogs Jello

Dog Jello Treats

dogs JelloI occasionally offer my dogs, Kitsune the Papillon and Fenrir the Alaskan Klee Kai, gelatin treats that I make and flavor with natural, dog safe ingredients.  For the gelatin treats you see pictured in this post, I used 4 envelopes of unflavored gelatin(1oz), 2 cups of boiling water, and 1 cup of fresh raspberries.  I boiled the water on my stove top with the raspberries in the water, then mixed in the gelatin packets.  I poured that mixture into silicone ice cube trays (paw shaped, of course) and put them in the refrigerator to set.

You don’t have to use raspberries!  I did because I had them on hand, but you can experiment and use pretty much anything as long as it’s dog safe.  So far I’ve experimented with using dog safe fruits (strawberries, banana, blueberries), bone broth, and peanut butter.  The gelatin treats never smell good to me when I’m making them, but both my dogs readily eat them, so they must think they taste ok.

Why Gelatin?

dogs JelloNot only is gelatin safe for dogs, but it actually provides some health benefits.  I’ve mentioned before that Kitsune has some (so far minor) joint issues.  We supplement his diet with things like fish/fish oil, and glucosamine/chondroitin to help support his joint health.  Carnivores normally get gelatin in their diets from eating animal parts such as tendons, cartilage, and skin.

Glycine, an amino acid that is basically what makes up gelatin, has been shown to aid in protecting against brain damage and seizures.  It has anti-inflammatory properties and can help to promote cartilage growth.  Gelatin can also help prevent arthritis and other joint disorders, and helps to strengthen bones, ligaments, and tendons.  It can also help to support nail, fur, and skin health.

dogs JelloAfter learning all this, I started offering Kitsune gelatin treats more often.  “Jello” treats for dogs are really easy to make.  If you don’t want to make treats, but want your dog to get the benefits of eating gelatin, you can sprinkle powdered gelatin directly over your dog’s regular food.

Remember that foods such as gelatin should only be fed in moderation!  Always talk to your vet first if you are concerned about introducing a new food to your pet.  In the case of gelatin treats, make sure you are using plain, unflavored gelatin and not Jello treat mixes sold for people.  Flavored Jellos for people can contain ingredients that are not good for your dog.

Looking for more ideas for healthy “human” foods you can share with your dog?  Check out my other blogging from A to Z challenge posts!

Have you ever made gelatin treats for your dog?  What flavors did you create or, if you’ve never made gelatin treats, what flavors do you think your dog would like?


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  • Reply Dino April 12, 2022 at 4:51 pm

    I might have to give this a go for my RosieDog, she’s an old lady now and her back legs give her some pain, so thanks for the tip.

    • Reply Michelle & The Paw Pack April 13, 2022 at 11:17 pm

      Of course! I have a little old man dog, my Kitsune is 13, and I like to think that this, along with his joint supplements, does help him.

  • Reply Lisa April 12, 2022 at 5:29 pm

    No, I don’t make homemade treats for my dog. I do share a lot of my own things though. Never tried gelatin. I rarely have it around, just the Jello sort, which my dogs always thought was too slimy!

    • Reply Michelle & The Paw Pack April 13, 2022 at 11:18 pm

      The gelatin is pretty cheap if you ever want to try making treats with it! I think it’s kind of fun to experiment with, making different flavored treats.

  • Reply Timothy S. Brannan April 12, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    Wow. Learn something new all the time! I don’t have dogs, but this is rather neat.

    Tim Brannan
    The Other Side | The A to Z of Conspiracy Theories

  • Reply Kamira Gayle April 17, 2022 at 9:20 am

    Wow! I had no idea gelatin had benefits to help dogs with their joints. I love that you are able to make these tasty treats for your dogs using homemade natural ingredients too. What a clever idea! I’ll have to share this post.

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