Gummy Bears for Dogs Recipe | Treat for Bone & Joint Health

Puppy pleads with big eyes for a share of the homemade treats

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If you’ve ever wondered how to make gummies for your dog, we’ve got you covered! We made a dog gummies recipe that your dog will love. It only has a few simple ingredients. These homemade gummy bears for dogs will benefit your dog’s digestive, skin, and joint health. You’ll be able to make these gummies in less than 30 minutes and then place them in your refrigerator to chill.

Can Dogs Eat Gummy Bears

When it comes to the sweet, squishy world of gummy bears, our four-legged friends might wag their tails with curiosity. But before you share your candy stash, let’s chew over the facts. Can dogs eat gummy bears?

Technically, they can, in the same way they can eat your homework or that left shoe you liked. But should they? That’s a different kettle of fish (or, in this case, a different bag of gummies).

Now, can dogs have gummy bears? Imagine this: a dog with a sweet tooth, eying those colorful, jiggly treats. They might think, “Oh, a chew toy that tastes like food!” But here’s the sticky part: regular gummy bears are loaded with sugar, artificial colors, and, in some cases, xylitol – a sweetener that’s about as friendly to dogs as a cat on a bad day (it’s toxic to dogs and most pets!).

So, while Fido might be able to sneak a gummy bear, it’s not a green light to turn them into a canine candy connoisseur.

And finally, are gummy bears bad for dogs? In the land of canine snacks, gummy bears fall into the ‘not-so-great’ territory. They’re like the uninvited guest at a dog’s dinner party – sure, they can hang around, but they’re not really supposed to be there.

Regular gummy bears can lead to an express ticket to Tummy Trouble Town for your pooch, and nobody wants to deal with that sticky situation that will lead you searching for dog remedies for diarrhea

So, while you whip up a dog-friendly gummy bear recipe, remember: keeping it safe, sugar-free, and xylitol-free is the way to your dog’s heart (and stomach) without the drama. Let’s leave the regular gummy bears to the humans and stick to pup-approved recipes that keep tails wagging and vets happy.

Later on, we’ll talk about the health benefits of bone broth and beef gelatin powder. We’ll also share some recipe variations.

Gummy Bears for Dogs

gummy bears for dogs

Now, once you whip up your first batch of these homemade wonders, you’re going to see just how easy it is to be a canine culinary whiz. Your dog will be giving you those “you’re the best human ever” eyes, and who can resist that?

So, get ready to roll up your sleeves and turn those healthy ingredients into treats that will have your pooch doing the happy dance every time you reach for the treat jar.

Gummy Bears for Dogs Recipe

Prep: 8 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yields: 32 gummies

Servings: 32

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons beef gelatin powder (see notes)
  • ½ cup chicken bone broth (see notes)
  • ½ cup filtered water

Cooking Utensils Needed:

  • Measuring cup
  • Stainless steel saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Silicone molds
  • Measuring cup with pour spout
  • Cutting board or tray

Dog Gummies Recipe Instructions:

  1. Measure ½ cup of water and add it to a stainless-steel saucepan.
  2. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons of beef gelatin powder into the saucepan. As you are sprinkling in the powder, make sure it is distributed evenly and isn’t in one big clump.
  3. Let the water and gelatin powder sit for about 5 minutes. Set a timer. The gelatin powder will start to absorb the water.
  4. Once the 5 minutes is up, turn on one of your stove burners and set it to medium heat. Place the saucepan on the burner.
  5. Using a whisk, stir the water and gelatin mixture well. The gelatin will begin to melt, and the consistency will turn to liquid. Whisk the gelatin and water mixture until there are no more clumps. This should take only 30 – 60 seconds so don’t walk away from it. If it’s too thick, add more water. Remember, you are just slightly warming the water and gelatin so that it melts and forms a liquid. Do not boil the mixture.
  6. Once the mixture is in liquid form and not clumpy, remove the saucepan from the burner. Measure ½ cup of bone broth and add it to the saucepan. Whisk it briefly to incorporate the ingredients together.
  7. If your saucepan has a pour spout, you can use it to add the mixture to the silicone molds. If not, then pour the mixture into a measuring cup with a pour spout.
  8. Place the silicone molds onto a tray or cutting board. This makes it easier to transfer the molds into the fridge once they’re full. After you pour the liquid into the silicone molds, it’s nearly impossible to move them without spillage if they aren’t on a tray.
  9. Using the pour spout on the saucepan or measuring cup, slowly pour the mixture into the silicone molds.
  10. Place the molds into the refrigerator (not the freezer). Set a timer for an hour. After an hour, the gummies will have set and it will be easy to pop them out of the molds. You can leave them for longer than an hour if you need to.
  11. Once the gummies have fully set, pop them out of the mold. They should come out quite easily and not stick to the silicone.
  12. Be sure to let your dog taste-test the gummies!

Store the gummies in an airtight container in the refrigerator. These gummies should be consumed within 5-7 days. Because the gummies don’t have any preservatives, check them for freshness before feeding them to your dog if they’ve been in the fridge for a while.

You can also store some of the gummies in the freezer and give them to your dog as a frozen treat.

Gummy Bears for Dogs Recipe Notes:

  • We used beef gelatin powder in this recipe. Beef gelatin is the most common gelatin powder on the market. You might also find pork gelatin powder and that’s fine to use in this recipe too. Some companies have gelatin powder marketed to dogs for joint health. You can use one of those or just simply purchase a regular beef gelatin powder from the store. We bought ours in a bulk grocery section. Some gelatin powder comes in single-use packets. Just be sure that you are using unflavored gelatin powder with no added sugar or flavorings.
  • We used chicken bone broth, but you can use bone broth from other proteins including lamb, turkey, and beef bone broth. Some companies have bone broth specifically for dogs. If you are buying bone broth from a grocery store, make sure the ingredients do not include anything that dogs can’t have like onions and garlic. If you make your own homemade bone broth, use that in this recipe.

Alternative ingredients

gummy bears for dogs

These gummy bears for dogs were so simple and fun to make. Since this dog gummies recipe was so easy to make, we made another batch with goat milk. You can use a variety of different ingredients to make fun flavored gummies for your dog.

Now that you know how to make gummy bears for dogs, you can try out different recipe variations. Goat milk is healthy for dogs and often well-tolerated by dogs who can’t have dairy products from cows.

You can use goat milk in this recipe instead of bone broth. Other variations could include adding pumpkin puree, blueberry puree, or even very thinly sliced fruit like apples.

Beef Gelatin Powder for Dogs

gummy bears for dogs

Beef gelatin powder is not only safe for dogs but it’s very beneficial for your dog’s health. The protein and collagen in the gelatin powder will benefit your dog’s digestion, skin health, and coat health, as well as their joint and bone health. Bone broth has important minerals for your dog’s health including magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, and sulfur.

Bone Broth for Dogs

Just like beef gelatin powder, bone broth also has protein and collagen. This is because bone broth has gelatin in it, which is what makes it gelatinous when it’s cold.

Bone broth also supports a healthy immune system. So, when your dog is eating these bone broth dog gummies, they’re getting a very healthy dose of protein and collagen for their overall health and wellbeing.

In our experience

You can get creative and have fun with this dog gummies recipe. These dog gummies make a great healthy treat for your dog, especially since they don’t have any sugar or chemical additives.

Your dog will love the taste of the bone broth in this dog gummies recipe, and you can appreciate the health benefits too. Leave us a comment to let us know how much your dog loves them!

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