Making gelatin liver gummy dog treats is super easy, healthy, and my dogs love them! Technically, we’re talking about a chilled dog treat. We love gummies so much; we thought we’d share them with you.
Because they are made with gelatin, not only are they healthy for our dogs by benefiting their skin, hair, and joints, but gelatin contains beneficial amino acids.
This is one reason I started making treats with it, largely because of its potential health benefits.
My dogs, Ruby and Callie, could use all the help I could give them for their joints and mobility by adding gelatin or bone broth to their dog treats.
Besides including essential amino acids, gelatin is also beneficial for a variety of health benefits, including metabolism, digestion, bones, skin, and hair.
Gelatin vs. Bone Broth
Gelatin, which has similar properties to bone broth, is basically processed animal tissue such as skin, cartilage, and bones. If making bone broth sounds like making homemade broth, it's because they have many similarities.
You can use bone broth to make gummies, which are basically just gummies made from scratch. Fortunately, making gelatin is simple and quick.
My dogs still eat bone broth regularly, but now it’s in frozen in cubes, so I can use it whenever I need it, whether that’s straight bone broth cubes or in homemade dog treats.
Besides using it in other dog treats, there are many other ways to use it. The broth (whether made from scratch or store-bought) is essentially whole food, that is less processed than collagen or gelatin. Our dogs enjoy its smell and taste.
Choosing the Right Gelatin for Making Gummy Treats
Shopping for a Quality Gelatin
I am more than happy to pay more for pre-made gelatin since it’s made with the same properties as bone broth, which is created with bones and skin, plus I have more confidence in its quality.
Things to look at:
- Brand or Company reputation
- Additives used, if any
- Protein sources, including animal proteins in the gelatin and animal breeding (grass-fed or pastured vs. factory-raised)
- Country of origin (consider safety and welfare laws)
- Certifications or special standards of the product.
Making Gelatin Gummies for Dogs
Gelatin Gummy Dog Treat Ingredients
Adding powdered gelatin to any liquid base that is safe for dogs is an excellent idea, plus it makes quick and easy dog treats.
These include dog-safe stocks and broths, fruit purees, vegetable and dairy milks, plain yogurt, kefir, or even plain water.
Storing Homemade Gelatin Gummy Dog Treats
I recommend you refrigerate gummies to preserve their food safety. Once you mix the ingredients, no matter how stable they are, sometimes everything can change.
Note: You can freeze gummy treats, but it’s possible the consistency may be affected.
Since they are so easy they are to make, I prefer to make small batches with my dog molds and frequently and eat them fresh from the refrigerator.
If you’ve frozen the gummies, defrosting them while uncovered in the fridge instead of laying them on the counter helps to thaw them out. Besides causing gelatin to separate, freezing results in liquid bleed out.
Note: The gelatin inside the gummies will melt at warm temperatures.
- 3 packets unflavored Gelatin
- 1 cup Water
- ⅓ Cup Liver Sprinkles, powdered
- Heat water in the microwave until it is boiling. Then mix in the gelatin and stir until fully dissolved.
- Mix in the liver powder and mix until fully blended.
- Place mold on a pan/cookie sheet. Pour the mix into the molds. You will need to stir the mix every few seconds as the liver will start to sink to the bottom while you are pouring.
- I used the edge of a fork to help scrap the runoff on the mold into the mold cavities.
- Allow too cool and set up on the counter or to speed up you can put it in the fridge.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 8Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g