Can Dogs Eat Jelly, Jell-O Or Jam?

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Can dogs eat jello, jelly, and jam? Not really. It depends on the ingredients, but it not recommended. If the jelly, jam, or Jell-O only contains sugar, berries (strawberries, raspberries, or another dog safe fruit), and gelatin, it won't be toxic. 
However, store bought jelly, jam, and Jell-O can include ingredients such as artificial sweetener like xylitol, preservatives, colorings, flavorings, and harmful fruits (such as grape), which can be toxic. 
If the Jell-O or jelly does not contain these ingredients, it may be safer for your dog, but will still contain a vast amount of sugar which is never advised for dogs. 

 

What do I do if my dog has eaten jelly or Jell-O?
  • Check the ingredients list first.
  • If the product contains xylitol or grape, contact a veterinarian or poison helpline immediately.
  • If it is just sugar, gelatine, and berries (not grape), likely your dog will recover fine, but they may experience some vomiting and diarrhea.

 

Food
Meaning
Can dogs eat it?
Why?
Jello (AKA Jelly in the UK, NZ, AU)
A gelatinous dessert 
It depends, but never recommended
If the brand includes xylitol or grape, it can be deadly. Regardless, they are all high in sugar, which is not recommended for dogs.
Jelly (AKA Jam in the UK)
A fruit preserve, used in sandwiches, cakes, etc 
It depends, but never recommended
If the brand includes xylitol or grape, it can be deadly. Regardless, they are all high in sugar, which is not recommended for dogs.
Jello Shots (AKA Jelly Shots in the UK)
A gelatinous shot which contains alcohol, usually vodka 
No
Alcohol toxicity can be fatal to dogs.
Jelly Beans
Bean shaped candy with a hard shell and thick gel interior
It depends, but never recommended
If the brand includes xylitol or grape, it can be deadly. Regardless, they are all high in sugar, which is not recommended for dogs.
Can dogs eat raspberry or strawberry jelly?
Not really. If it has no xylitol in, it shouldn't be fatal, but both jellies have high amounts of sugar, which can still be bad for dogs. 
If your dog is interested in raspberry or strawberry jelly, try offering them fresh fruit instead. These are safe for dogs in moderation and have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. 

 

Can dogs eat grape jelly?
No. Along with the concerns of xylitol, grapes can be fatal. Grapes can cause kidney failure and, in severe cases, can cause death. 

 

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Common Ingredients of Jello (AKA Jelly UK) and The Benefits and Risks To Dogs

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Sugar

Dogs do not need sweet treats. They need some form of sugar, which is broken down from carbohydrates (such as sweet potato, vegetables, grains, etc.), for energy. But this is not in the form of human desserts, cakes, chocolate, etc.
Side Effects of Sugar:
Obesity - Sugary food, like jelly, is usually high in calories. These are empty calories that do not fill hunger, meaning your dog will continue to eat. This can easily lead to weight gain. Excess weight can have a significant impact on your dog, including joint problems, heart conditions, and lethargy.
Dental Health - Sugar reacts with bacteria to produce acid, which erodes the teeth. A high sugar diet can lead to cavities and dental work for your furry friend. 
Hyperactivity - Dogs usually have a lower tolerance for sugar than humans. This means that just a small amount can lead to a change in behavior, often for the worst. 
Vomiting and Diarrhea - Any new food can lead to an upset stomach in dogs. It is not uncommon for a dog to experience vomiting and diarrhea after consuming sweet treats.

 

Fruit

Jam, jelly, and Jell-O contain fruit or fruit flavorings. Some raw fruit is healthy for dogs in moderation, serving as a low-calorie treat, whereas other fruits can be fatal. 
Any artificial fruit flavoring should be avoided.
Below are the most popular and common varieties and whether the fruit used is suitable for dogs. 
Grape - No. Grapes are a strict no for dogs. They are highly toxic. One grape is enough to be fatal to any dog of any size, breed, and weight. 
Strawberry - Yes. Strawberries are low in calories and great to use as treats for dogs. 
Blackberry - Yes. Blackberries are full of antioxidants and can occasionally be fed to your dogs.
Raspberry - Yes. In moderation, raspberries are suitable for dogs, especially senior dogs, as they can help with joint issues.
Apricot - Yes. As long as the apricot is deseeded, they are healthy for dogs in small amounts. Apricots contain a small amount of cyanide, which can be fatal if consumed in large quantities. Check out our article Can Dogs Eat Apricots? for more information.
Many fruits are suitable for dogs. However, these are better fed raw, rather than in jam, jello or jelly. 

 

Xylitol 

Xylitol is a sugar substitute, it is commonly used jams, jellies, Jell-O, and other recipes as it contains 40% less sugar, but has the same sweet taste. This is how many brands can bring their calorie count down without affecting the taste.
In humans, it does not affect our insulin levels. However, in dogs, their body sees it as a spike in sugar. The body reacts by releasing a large amount of insulin. As xylitol is not sugar, this then results in a dramatic decrease in blood sugar levels. This can cause hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia can be life-threatening. Dogs usually show signs of xylitol poisoning withing 10-60 minutes.
Signs Of Xylitol Poisoning:
  • Vomiting
  • Being unsteady with trouble walking or standing
  • Lethargy
  • Seizures
  • Liver failure
  • Coma
If you suspect your dog has consumed anything that contains xylitol, you must call your veterinarian or poison hotline as soon as possible.

 

Gelatine

Gelatine is made by boiling skin, bones, and ligaments of cows and pigs. It is commonly used in food, cosmetics, medication, and capsules as a gelling ingredient. 
Gelatine is gummy once moist and gives Jell-O its famous buoyancy and texture. 
As gelatine is made from animals, it is high in protein and contains amino acids, and many claim it has great benefits for dogs. 
These include:
  • Keeping their brain active
  • Improving coat texture
  • Helping with skin issues
  • Preventing joint problems
As with every new food you introduce to your dog, do so slowly to avoid a stomach upset. Gelatin also has quite a different texture compared to most food your dog will consume; this means they may take longer to get used to it (link). 

 

Summary: Despite fruit and gelatin both being ingredients suitable and beneficial for dogs, the risk of sugar and possible xylitol use strongly outweigh the benefits. Concluding that jam, jelly, and jello are not suitable for dogs.

 

Gelatine Dog Treats

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Please remember, gelatin treats should only make up 10% of your dog's daily food intake. Below are some of our favorite gelatinous dog treats. 

Chicken Jello, inspired by Proud Dog Mom

Ingredients:
  • 1/4 pound chicken breast, all visible fat trimmed
  • 1 large parsnip, washed, peeled, and chopped
  • 3-4 parsley leaves
  • Water, for boiling 
  • 1 packet gelatin powder plain, unflavored, and unsweetened
Directions:
1. Boil the chicken, parsnip, and parsley in a large saucepan for 30 minutes on medium-high.
2. Transfer the chicken and parsnips to a blender, reserving 1/2 cup water.
3. Blend until smooth. 
4. Transfer the 1/2 cup water to a large bowl and add gelatin powder.
5. Stir until fully dissolved.
6. Add in the blended mixture and mix until smooth. 
7. Transfer mixture into dog treat sized molds. 
8. Place molds in the refrigerator until fully set.

 

Salmon Jello, inspired by Proud Dog Mom

Ingredients:
  • 1 can skinless, boneless salmon (in water)
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 packet gelatin powder plain, unflavored, and unsweetened
Directions:
1. Place the salmon and blueberries in a blender and blend until smooth. 
2. Boil the water in a pan on the hob on high heat.
3. Once boiling, lower heat and add in the salmon and blueberry mix. 
4. Keep stirring until smooth. 
5. Remove the pan from the heat and transfer to a mixing bowl. 
6. Add in the gelatine powder and stir until dissolved. 
7. Transfer mixture into dog treat sized molds. 
8. Place molds in the refrigerator until fully set.

 

Peanut Butter Gelatin Treats, inspired by Three Little Ferns

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup chicken broth, divided (no salt, sugar, onions, or garlic)
  • 2 packets unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (no xylitol)
Directions:
1. In a bowl, add 1/2 cup cooled chicken broth and gelatin. Allow to sit for 5 minutes.
2. While resting, add the other 1/2 cup chicken broth and peanut butter to a small pan. Heat and stir until peanut butter is melted and the mixture is combined. 
3. Add the blend into the gelatin bowl and stir together until the gelatin has dissolved. 
4. Transfer mixture into dog treat sized molds. 
5. Place molds in the refrigerator until fully set.

 

FAQs

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What happens if dogs eat grape jelly?
Contact your veterinarian or poison helpline immediately. Grapes can be fatal as they can cause kidney failure.  

 

Can dogs eat jelly UK?
It depends on the ingredients if it is sugar, berries, and gelatin; it is not toxic. 
However, jelly, also known as Jell-O in the US, is high in sugar, so not a recommended snack for dogs. If it contains added ingredients, such as artificial sweeteners, including xylitol, you must not give any to your dog as it can be fatal.

 

Is jelly harmful to dogs?
It can be if it contains xylitol, it can be fatal. High levels of sugar are also not good for dogs.

 

Can dogs eat strawberries?
Yes, strawberries are a refreshing treat for dogs. They are low in calories and contain antioxidants, which help boost the immune system.

 

Can dogs eat custard?
They shouldn't. Custard is high in fat and sugar, neither of which are beneficial to dogs. It contains dairy, which most dogs do not process well. This can lead to an upset stomach. It may also contain sweeteners, preservatives, and other flavorings, which could be toxic.

 

Can dogs eat strawberry jam?
They shouldn't. It is high in sugar and not a necessary food for dogs. There may also be harmful ingredients, like sweeteners and preservatives, which could be toxic.

 

Can dogs eat peanut butter?
Yes, it is a high protein food that is great for dogs. It can be baked into treats or fed raw. Make sure only to give your dog a 100% peanut variety to avoid deadly sweeteners and excess sugar.

 

Can dogs eat jelly beans?
Not really, they are high in sugar, which is not recommended. If the jelly beans contain xylitol, dogs should not eat them as they can be fatal.

 

 

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Disclaimer: Each dog is different, and every circumstance is different. All efforts have been made to provide accurate information. However, it is not provided by a qualified Veterinarian, Veterinarian Surgeon, or Behaviorist. The information provided is purely educational. The information should not be used as an alternative or substitute for medical care. If you have any health or medical concerns, contact a qualified Veterinary Surgeon or Veterinarian immediately.

 

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