There is nothing better than a delicious and comforting peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Every time you make one, you just know it’s going to satisfy your craving for something sweet. And while you’re enjoying your delicious sandwich, you have s little someone staring at you. Your dog! And you wonder, can dogs eat jelly?
Obviously we know that dogs can eat peanut butter. But what about jelly?
This is a fair question given that dogs can actually eat certain kinds of fruits, like raspberries and blackberries, both of which are used to make jelly. So does that mean that your pooch can actually eat jelly, or is the answer a little more complicated than that?
Can dogs eat jelly – Facts and risks
You are right that jellies are made out of fruit, however, they also contain a lot of sugar. In fact jellies are made of about 48–54% sugar!
Because of all the sugar that is in jellies, dogs can’t eat these products. Jelly simply contains too much sugar for your dog, and too much sugar can lead to different health issues.
But fruit and sugar aren’t the only ingredients of jellies.
Ingredients that can be found in jelly
Among other ingredients like artificial color and flavor, even the best and most expensive kinds of jellies contain the following four ingredients: fruit, sugar, acid and pectin.
Let’s take a closer look at each and every one of these.
Obviously, the majority of fruits that are used to make jelly are safe for dogs in moderate amounts.
Generally speaking, there is no issue with fruit, unless the jelly is made out of fruits that are toxic for dogs. These include grape, cherries, grapefruit, lemons, limes, and plums.
The next most common ingredient that can be found in almost all kinds of jelly is sugar. As mentioned above, a jar of jelly consists of up to 55 percent sugar! The problem with sugar is that it can be toxic in big amounts.
Some kind of acid can always be found in every jar of jelly. Basically, the acid gives the optimum pH and must be present for a jelly to form. The problem with acid in jelly is that lemon or lime acid is used. Both of these ingredients, specifically their acidity can cause upset stomach, vomiting, weakness, and diarrhea in dogs.
The last ingredient that can be found in jelly is pectin. Pectin is a naturally occurring starch found in fruits and vegetables. It is a key ingredient in jams and jellies and can be used as a fat substitute. However, experts advise keeping pectin-made products away from dogs. Too much pectin can cause stomach cramps, diarrhea, gas, and loose stool.
What if your dog ate jelly?
If your dog ate jelly, don’t panic. Generally, small amounts of jelly won’t hurt your dog. However, there are a few things you need to take into consideration.
First of all, always check the ingredients list. See what the jelly your dog ate consists of.
In the case that the jelly contains xylitol, grape (or any other dog toxic ingredients), contact your veterinarian immediately!
If the jelly doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients, your dog will recover perfectly. However, he or she might experience some vomiting, upset stomach, and diarrhea. Bt it’s nothing to worry about much.
In conclusion, dogs can eat jelly if it’s made out of fruits that are safe for dogs. However, only because your dog can eat it, doesn’t mean they should.
It’s definitely not advised that dogs eat jelly. This is mostly due to the high sugar content of jelly.
There are so many other delicious treats you can give your dog. Or, if you want your dog to eat some fruit, you can always give your dog fresh food.
If you’d like to learn which fruits, vegetables or human foods in general are safe for your dog you can check out the following articles: