We know that adding gelatin to our diets helps benefit our bones, joints, skin and other connective tissues. But did you know that it can help our furry friends reap these same benefits?
How Gelatin Helps Dogs
When gelatin is incorporated into a dog’s diet it has the power to reduce inflammation and protect properties in the brain. In fact, according to an article by Geeks of Pets, using unflavored gelatin in a dog’s food can help prevent degenerative joint disorders such as arthritis and arthrosis. One theory on gelatin and arthritis compares carnivores and pet dogs. Carnivores regularly consume gelatin through the skin, tendons, and cartilage of their prey. The average pet dog does not consume the remains of prey, connecting glycine deficiency with arthritis.
Gelatin Benefits Breakdown
Sugar, fat, & cholesterol free
Supports healthy digestion
Can help protect against brain damage and seizures
May help strengthen connective tissues
Can help increase energy
Gelatin Treats for Dogs
Give your furry friend all the benefits of healthy joints with these easy-to-make homemade treats! Remember to always use unflavored and unsweetened gelatin in these treats. Flavored and artificially sweetened gelatin is potentially toxic to dogs! For a complete list of foods to avoid giving your dog visit Animal Poison Control Center.
Note: If your dog is on a protein-restricted diet please consult a veterinarian prior to adding treats to their diet.
Gelatin Treat Base
No matter what flavor you choose to make, each gelatin dog treat begins with this base!
1/4 cup cold water
1/4 cup hot water
1 Tbsp plain unflavored gelatin
Gelatin Treat Flavors
Let the fun begin with a myriad of flavors sure to please your pup!
1.) Pumpkin Spice Paws
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/8 tsp cinnamon
2.) Meaty Gummy Paws
1 cup beef broth or chicken stock
3.) Banana Lemon Gummy Paws
2 medium ripe bananas
1/4 cup lemon juice
Note: Please use dog-friendly juices in this recipe. (Ex: Dole-Pineapple-Banana juice) DO NOT use grape or cranberry juice. Check juice label to make sure there is no grape or cranberry juice used as a sweetener.
4.) Peanut Butter Paws
1/4 cup unsalted organic peanut butter
Optional: fruit chunks
5.) Blueberry Venison & Sweet Potato Paws
1/3 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/3 cup natural canned dog food
1/2 cup beef or chicken broth (check broth labels to avoid onion & garlic or make a DIY broth)