YES, YOU HEARD ME RIGHT. CAROB LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE CHOCOLATE, EVEN TASTES SIMILAR, BUT IT’S NOT TOXIC TO THEM! READ ON TO FIND OUT MORE…
A safe chocolate for dogs?! Is there really such a thing? Why, yes, YES there is!
As we all know (some of us all too well) chocolate is VERY bad for our dogs! Feeding it to them could be deadly. Remember my post about toxic foods for your dog & what happened to our poor Mason when he ate some of our family member’s Christmas gifts??? I never want to relive that situation again!!!
When I researched what ingredients to use in my dog treats, I stumbled across an ingredient I had never heard of before…carob. The more I read about this ingredient, the more I liked it. It’s SAFE for your dogs to eat! So, think of it as a dog-friendly chocolate of sorts.
What makes carob safe for your dogs?
Carob does not contain caffeine or the deadly, poisonous, very toxic theobromine that chocolate contains. As I have noted before, us humans have no problem metabolizing theobromine, BUT dogs have a much harder time making it very toxic for them. (especially dark chocolate and baking chocolate!) Carob doesn’t contain one bit of this compound. Instead, it carries a lot of healthy nutrients that can benefit your dog!
Carob is full of vitamins A, B, & D. It also contains calcium, iron, magnesium, the list goes on. It is also a good source of fiber for your dogs too.
Where does carob come from?
Much like chocolate is made from cocoa beans, carob is made from…you guessed it, carob beans! Carob is extracted from the carob bean and can be ground into a powder or made into chips. It’s not as sweet as chocolate, but it’s definitely a great substitute, even a healthier one at that! (especially for us!)
If you’re ever feeling guilty that you’re eating that piece of chocolate in front of your dog, DON’T! (For obvious reasons!) Now they have their own form of chocolate & so many recipes out there to use it in! I make delicious, carob & peanut butter cookies for our dogs, among many others. (Oh, the looks I get from some people when I try to sell these…Trust me, I’m not and will NEVER try to poison your dogs by giving them chocolate! Looks can be very deceiving, though, am I right?!?!)