Well, the answer to this question according to most of the vets is both “yes” and “no”. Yes, your dog can eat some amount of home-made jello or jello with fruit flavor, without any significant health issues.
But let us dive deeper; Is it safe for your dog to have even a little amount of jello? And if no why no OR if yes then what quantity of jello consumption is considered safe for your furry friend?
The only ingredient in jello that can be propitious to your dog’s health is “Gelatin”. Gelatin is one of the most abundant proteins in a dog’s body, it is found in their skin, joints, tendons, and ligaments. Gelatin though is not pure protein because of a lack of some vital amino acids.
But Jello doesn’t only contain Gelatin, it consists abundance of artificial flavors, sweeteners, and sugars. In fact, your favorite “sugar-free jello” can be life-threatening to your pet, then the normal jello with sugar.
Another dangerous ingredient in jello is xylitol, though it is harmless to humans, it is immensely toxic for dogs, even more, precarious than chocolate.
Can you feed flavored (Jello with fruits) to your dog?
Most of the fruits are usually safe for your dog, but fruit-flavored jello will also contain xylitol, sugar, and artificial flavors, so your dog is better off without them. But some home-made fruit-flavored jello can be a healthy treat for your dog.
Can dogs eat jello shots?
Similar to jello, jello shots are dangerous to your dog’s health. Commercially produces jello shots contain ingredients that will do more bad than good to your pet’s health. It can cause low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) seizures and more severe problems.
What is the alternative?
Instead of feeding your dog store-bought jello with sugar, you can make jello for them at home, doing this you can cut out all the harmful. unwanted sweeteners and additives. And if your dog likes your homemade Jello, hurrah! you know how to make them happy now.
While making Jello, do not add jelly beans, not just because they are sugary food but also because of the other ingredients that are not safe for your pet, and can lead to digestive issues, serious discomfort, and even worst. So, make a note, never ever let your dog eat jelly beans.
You can also make some delicious jello pudding for your dog in your kitchen. When making it, avoid extra sugar, only use some fruits, milk, and unflavored Gelatin, stay far away from artificial sugar.
So, what is the answer?
Who doesn’t love Jello? And since we love jello so much, it is understandable to be tempted to treat your dog with these sweet delights. But, think twice before treating your dog with jello or adding jello to your dog’s regular meals. And do know, feeding a small amount of Jello might not be dangerous for your dog, but it isn’t healthy either.