Jello is fun food!
When I was younger, I remember how my mom used to make a jello and custard dessert that I loved.
I still have it every once in a while when I’m feeling nostalgic. And, where there’s food, there’s my dog.
My dog finds jello fascinating and watches me eat it while letting out whines.
But, is jello safe for dogs to consume?
In this blog post, I’ll answer the question, “Can dogs eat jello?” in as much detail as possible.
So, without further ado, let’s dive right in!
The Simple Answer: Can Dogs Eat Jello?
Yes, dogs can eat jello without having any harmful effects.
But, only a tiny bit.
Although jello is nontoxic to dogs, it isn’t exactly healthy either.
Store-bought jello is laced with chemicals and preservatives that aren’t exactly healthy for your dog to eat.
Jello doesn’t have any health benefits for dogs either.
You can give your dog a spoonful of jello on occasion but, not as a regular treat. Jello is high in sugar which isn’t good for your dog’s system.
However, there is one crucial thing you need to keep in mind before you go ahead and let your dog have some of this wiggly desert!
Never give your dog jello which has Xylitol (an artificial sweetener) in it as it is toxic to dogs.
Make sure to read the list of ingredients on the box carefully before feeding it to your dog.
However, you can make jello treats for your dog at home if you want to keep him safe.
How Can I Make Jello Treats for My Dog?
Jello has an ingredient called gelatin in it which is an animal by-product.
You get gelatin from collagen which you get by boiling the hinds and bones of pigs and cows!
Yes, that’s true.
You must be thinking that jello can’t be all that bad for dogs, right?
Well, it does sound like something dogs would love to eat but, the jello that we get in stores is highly processed and has a lot of sugar and preservatives.
So, that’s not a good idea.
However, you can make gelatin for your doggy friend at home!
You can use plain, unflavored gelatin and add some low-sodium broth that your dog loves for flavor or vegetables that your dog loves, then place it in the fridge until it sets.
Your dog will love these gelatin treats.
Simple and easy, right?
Final Words: Can Dogs Eat Jello?
Yes, dogs can eat jello.
However, it should meet the following criteria:
It should be given in small quantities on occasion
It should not contain Xylitol, an artificial sweetener which is toxic to dogs
If given in a small quantity, jello should not have any adverse side effects on your furry friend's health.
But, it isn’t necessarily good for your dog's health either.
Jello is produced for human consumption and isn’t made keeping our canine companions in mind.
This means that it may contain ingredients that are harmful to a dog or even toxic!
Also, jello is exceptionally high in sugar and contains a lot of artificial flavors.
So, it’s better to make some jello treats for your dog at home.