Can Dogs Eat Jello and Gelatin? When it is or isn’t an Emergency

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It may seem harmless to give your dog a bit of Jello but the ingredients used to make Jello could potentially be unsafe for dogs to consume. Here are a few reasons why you should never let your dog eat Jello or other gelatin-based foods.

The biggest reason is the use of artificial sweeteners. Jello is likely to contain ingredients like xylitol, which is known for being toxic to pets. According to VCA Hospital, dogs have been reported to experience hypoglycemia when they consume between 50 mg of xylitol per pound of body weight (100 mg per kg). A small bit of Jello is unlikely to contain an amount that’s fatal to dogs but the effects may add up over time.

Another reason to not let your dog eat Jello is due to it being empty calories. 100 grams of gelatin may contain up to 62 calories. You don’t want your dog to suffer from nutritional deficiencies by filling up most of his daily calorie intake with junk food like Jello.

Last but not least, even if the gelatin doesn’t contain any xylitol, it may still make use of sugar which isn’t a good thing for dogs to have too much of. High sugar consumption could lead to a variety of issues like dental problems (especially if you don’t brush your dog’s teeth regularly).


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