A favorite treats is Gummy Bears but we can’t share because they aren’t safe for dogs since they contain sugar, glucose syrup, food coloring, and may contain xylitol known to be toxic for dogs.
But you can make your own healthy gummy treat. Feeding your dog gelatin has many health benefits from joints to skin to digestion just to name a few.
The main amino acid in gelatin is glycine, which carnivores normally get from eating the tendons, skin and cartilage of their prey. If you decide to add gelatin to your dog’s diet, the gelatin MUST be sugar free and fat free.
Gummy treats are easy to make. With the basic recipe you can explore a variety of flavors. Add finely chopped veggies and fruits for variety. Even try adding finely chopped meat and bacon bits. I use my food processor to finely chop additions whether meaty, fruity, savory or plain, the options are virtually endless.
Use only plain, unflavored gelatin such as Knox or Great Lakes not Jell-O Brand which is loaded with artificial coloring and aspartame.
- cup organic beef broth or organic chicken stock
- tablespoons or 3 packets gelatin
- In a medium saucepan bring the broth to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Whisk in the gelatin making sure to remove any and all clumps.
- Allow mixture to cool and then pour into molds. You could also pour it into a jelly roll sheet and cut out shapes.
- Refrigerate for several hours.
The Gummy Treats can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
Prep Time: 1 hour Cook Time: 5 minutes Yields: too many to count