Gelatin is actually pretty good for your dog, on its own. It's about 99 percent pure protein, though it is missing some essential amino acids. Jello itself is not a good choice because of the artificial sweeteners in it, like xylitol, that can be toxic to pups.
Gelatinous foods, however, can be a solid choice. Derived from the cartilage, bones, and animal product, gelatin can be a solid source of protein for pups to have in their diets. Want to know more about gelatin? Want a better idea of what sort of foods you can feed your pup, as well as how to train your dog to add gelatin to their diets? Read on!
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Signs Your Dog has had Too Much Gelatinous Food
If your pup gets into your jello, it's possibly he or she could be subject to xylitol poisoning. Some of the signs of this include things like vomiting, weakness, and lack of coordination. You'll find that your dog will probably have a hard time walking, standing, and even face systemic depression and lethargy. You can except your dog to have tremors, seizures, and even, in severe cases, coma.
- Body freezing
- Twitching whiskers
- Lack of focus
- Ears back
- Poor bone and joint health
- Gut issues
- Weight loss issues
- Liver issues
- Bad sleeping habits
- Bad memory or brain function
- Dry skin or hair
The History of Xylitol and its Affect on Dogs
Xylitol is extremely toxic for your dog and even small amounts of it can cause hypoglycemia, seizures, liver failure, and death. So, what is it about xylitol that is historically bad for dogs? Xylitol stimulates the release of insulin in pups' pancreases where it's quickly absorbed into their bloodstreams. This rapid release can cause a profound decrease in the level of blood sugar, which is a fast-acting process that can affect your dog almost immediately.
The Science of Gelatin for Dogs
Adding gelatin to your doggo's diet can be a great way to help them gain a little weight, boost their appetite, and provide them with lots of healthy benefits. When feeding your dog gelatin, ensure that there's no sugar or artificial sweeteners added.
Training Your Dog to Safely Eat Gelatinous Food
In fact, gelatin can be endlessly great for your pooch! Adding it to his or her diet could be wildly beneficial to their health. But, how do you train your dog to eat gelatin?
If you have a picky dog, consider dripping gelatin over their dry food to make the food into a bit of a mush. If you want to give your dog an extra-motivating shove toward eating gelatinous foods, then consider gifting your dog wet food that's mixed with gelatin, too.
Of course, you'll want to make sure you're simultaneously training your dog to eat only the foods you're granting them. That being said, ensure that you're not leaving food around the house for your dog to find, don't allow your dog to roam the house when you're not home, and make sure your dog has a firm grasp on "no," "drop it," and "leave it."
As usual, train your dog to stay out of the area where you prepare and store food to avoid any kind of incident.
Safety Tips When Feeding Your Dog Gelatin:
Never let your dog roam the house while you're gone lest they get into your gelatinous food supplies.
Only feed your dog approved gelatinous foods (not jello).
Do not let your dog free eat from your plate.
Make sure your dog understands "no" and "drop it".
Do not leave food laying around the house for your dog to get into, especially jello.