Easy Gelatin Dog Treat Recipe That’s Perfect to Hide Pills

I love to make creative treats for my dogs. My latest obsession is a no-bake gelatin gummy dog treat! I started making these to help give my dog his daily medication. In addition to working great as a pill pocket, it turns out that gelatin is an amazing supplement to your dog’s diet!

Homemade gelatin dog treats support your dog’s digestion, brain function and joint health thanks to amino acids, collagen and protein. And the jello consistency makes them perfect treats to hide your dog’s pills!

Gelatin dog treats are so easy to make. They only need a few hours to set in the fridge and you can experiment with tons of different flavors and add ins. I hope you enjoy learning about the benefits of gelatin for your dog and have fun making this easy recipe!

Homemade Gelatin Dog Treats

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Homemade Gelatin Dog Treats are Great for Hiding Pills

Do you remember making Jell-o as a kid? I loved mixing the hot with the cold liquid and waiting for it to set in the fridge. These dog treats are so similar but the key is to use dog-safe gelatin. Jell-o brand mix is not safe for dogs because of sweeteners like xylitol or aspartame. So steer clear of crazy flavors like lime or cherry!

For homemade dog treats, you should use unflavored natural gelatin powder. My favorite is by Great Lakes Gelatin which you can order from Amazon or Walmart. You can also find Knox brand gelatin at some local grocery stores. But get the Great Lakes one if you can because it’s a really high-quality product!

Great Lakes Gelatin for Dogs

Gelatin treats make great “pill pockets” because you can press a pill in without the treat falling apart. Store bought pill pocket treats never worked for me. And since my dog takes daily medication for his epilepsy we would go through them so fast! Homemade is the way to go.

Since gelatin treats are slippery they can be great for dogs who like to eat around their pills! Your dog might swallow these without even noticing the pills!

DIY Gelatin Pill Pocket Dog Treat

Does Gelatin Help Dogs with Seizures?

I started making these gelatin treats to help give my dog Burt his epilepsy pills twice a day. One of the immediate benefits I noticed the first time I made these pill pocket gelatin treats was that my dog had firmer poops! It turns out gelatin can help with gut health and digestion.

I was intrigued about the other benefits and when I did more research about gelatin, I learned about a ton of health benefits for dogs with seizures. Joanne Carson, Ph.D., Founder of Canine Epilepsy Guardian Angels has a great article about the benefits of gelatin for dogs with seizures.

In this article, she shares that gelatin, “has anti-inflammatory and brain-protective actions that are especially important during aging and under stress. Glycine, the main amino acid in gelatin, protects against seizures and brain damage.”

So not only do these gelatin dog treats make great pill pockets, but they also support brain function, perfect for my epileptic dog!

Gelatin Dog Treats are Great for Hiding Pills

Gelatin Is Healthy for Dog’s Joints

In addition to supporting healthy brain function, gelatin has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. That makes it a great added supplement for dogs prone to joint issues. With my labradors, I’m always looking for ways to support healthy joints and prevent the painful arthritis my last dog suffered with.

The collagen in gelatin can help with joint pain by strengthening your dog’s ligaments, tendons and muscles which may have become worn out or weak due to age, stress and activity.

If you’ve been keeping track so far, I’ve shared why gelatin is beneficial for your dog’s digestion, brain and joint health! Now let’s get to the fun part… the treat recipe!

Gelatin Is Healthy for Dog Joints

Easy Gelatin Dog Treat Recipe

This no-bake dog treat recipe is for the basic pumpkin gelatin treats. I’ve made these many times! Recently, I started experimenting with other ingredients like bone broth, fresh beet juice, spinach and banana. That’s the great thing about this recipe, you can mix the gelatin with almost anything to create a treat your dog can’t resist!

Ingredients and Supplies:
– Great Lakes Gelatin Co. Unflavored Beef Gelatin (available on Amazon)
– Plain Canned Pumpkin Puree
– Water
– Silicone mold (I like these, but a collapsible dog water bowl works, too)

  1. Follow the instructions on the gelatin container and mix 1 tablespoon of gelatin powder with cold water. Set aside for 5 minutes to allow the gelatin to “bloom”
  2. Warm up 1 1/2 cups of plain pumpkin puree on the stove until it is very hot. Stir continuously to prevent it from bubbling
  3. Next, add the cold solidified gelatin mixture to the hot pumpkin puree and stir to combine well
  4. Pour the combined liquid into your silicone mold
  5. Move the mold over to the refrigerator to set for about 3 hours

Pumpkin Gelatin Dog Treat Recipe

Gelatin Dog Treat Tips

For firmer treats, use less liquid or more gelatin powder. I find that firmer treats are better at holding pills and come out of the molds easier.

If you want to experiment with other flavors, use dog-safe ingredients like banana, peanut butter, bone broth, sweet potato, apple, kale or yogurt. Depending on the ingredients you want to use, you can use them as the cold liquid or the hot liquid. There’s really no wrong way to make these!

You can vary the size of your treats based on your dog’s size and what types of pills they take. There so many cute silicone treat molds (my favorites are from Michael’s). You can also make this recipe in a collapsible silicone dog water bowl or even a regular shallow bowl from your kitchen and spoon it out.

After you make a batch of these treats, they will stay good in the fridge for about 5 days. For me, they stay fresher if I leave them in the mold and take out as needed.

Some of my dog mom blogger friends have great posts about their favorite gelatin dog treat recipes, too! Check out Proud Dog Mom’s Chicken Jello Treats and the Peanut Butter Jello Treats from Kol’s Notes! They both have fabulous blogs!

Did you love this post? Find more healthy dog treat recipes:
Canine Enrichment Doggy Açaí Bow Recipe
Healthy Kong Stuffing Recipes
Kong Stuffing Ideas to Mix Up Your Dog’s Routine
Healthy Goat Milk Pupsicle Recipe
3 Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipes
Easy Kale and Apple Frozen Dog Treats


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  1. Beth

    Great idea. But I don’t understand how you end up with individual treats if you use a bowl (rather than the little molds). Do you just cut the big treat into squares?

    • Tori

      Yes, exactly! If you make them in a bowl or pan of some kind you can just cut them up or scoop them out with a spoon. 🙂

  2. Jane

    This is really interesting!!!!

    • Tori

      Thanks Jane! I’ve tried a lot of different flavors now! I did a banana and peanut butter one that the dogs loved!

  3. Lita

    Can you freeze these? I’m definitely going to try them. My older dog has to take a big pill every day for her hip dysplasia & sometimes it’s hard to trick her! She’s getting pickier in her old age too, but she would love these! My lab mix is 18 months old & he takes his allergy pill plain. He doesn’t even care what he’s eating! But I like that he’ll be getting the gelatin.

    • Tori

      You CAN freeze them, but then they’ll be hard and you won’t be able to put a pill in there. I’ve put them on top of a Toppl or Kong and frozen them before. For your picky dog, try giving her on treat first, then the one with the treat, followed really quickly by another plain one! That’s a good trick 🙂

  4. Katelynn

    How long do these last in the fridge ?

    • Tori

      About 5 – 7 days. They tend to get condensation that makes them go bad faster, so I put them in a plastic container that’s raised in the middle so they don’t get as wet. If that makes sense!


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