One form of dog safe chocolate is carob chocolate.
If you haven’t looked into carob chocolate for dogs before, you might be surprised as just how much of a good substitute it can be for the normal cocoa based chocolate you are used to seeing.
The seeds and plants that carob chocolate is derived from differ greatly from regular cocoa seeds and plants, with none of the toxic stimulants, but still possessing a sweet flavor.
In this guide we explain what carob chocolate is, why it’s safe for healthy dogs, and how you can use it as a chocolate treat for your dog either in pre-made food, or for homemade dog treat cooking and baking.
Let’s take a look!
(NOTE: this is an informational and educational guide only. It is not professional advice)
Dog Safe Chocolate: Carob Chocolate For Dogs
Why Is Chocolate Toxic For Dogs?
Most chocolates are derived from the roasted seeds of the Theobroma cacao (cocoa tree), which contain theobromine or caffeine – both of which are toxic for dogs.
Milk chocolate, semi sweet chocolate, and most of all dark chocolate and baking chocolate contain toxic concentrations of either theobromine or caffeine.
It’s likely a very small amount of chocolate may only give your dog a slightly upset stomach. But, theobromine in particular, if it builds up in your dog’s digestive system, can cause serious effects.
What Is Carob Chocolate?
Unlike normal chocolate that is derived from the cocoa tree seeds, carob chocolate derives from the carob seeds on a carob tree.
Carob chocolate doesn’t taste like normal chocolate, but it does have it’s own sweet taste.
Many health conscious humans, or people that want to eat natural, gluten free, vegan and even kosher substitute cocoa for carob in their diet.
Is Carob Chocolate Safe For Dogs, and Why?
Yes, it is generally safe for healthy dogs (but, always confirm with your vet).
Unlike regular chocolate, carob chocolate doesn’t contain toxic stimulants such as caffeine, theobromine, phenylethylamine, or fromamide.
It does contain it’s own safe flavanols though – which give it it’s own sweet taste.
Are There Any Health Benefits To Carob Chocolate?
Yes. Carob chocolate is said to contain vitamins A, B, and D as well as calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, and protein.
Additionally, it’s also a good source of fiber for dogs as well as pectin, a substance that helps to flush toxins from the body.
How Can You Use Carob Chocolate For Your Dog To Eat?
Carob chocolate mainly comes in two main forms – carob powder, and carob chips (like choc chips).
Carob powder can substitute cocoa powder in cake, brownie, dog treats and ice cream mixes (plus more). You can even use it in an icing on cake.
Carob chips are great to sprinkle on on through baked doggy treats. They work great to sprinkle on top of doggy ice cream, or crush and mix it through.
We wrote a guide on how to make your own homemade doggy ice cream. You might consider the following carob products in your homemade cooking and baking for your dog:
Alternatively, if you want something pre-mixed where you don’t have to buy the ingredients or do much preparation, you can check out these carob pre-mix dog safe cake and ice cream mixes:
- Puppy Cake Carob Cake Mix and Frosting For Dogs (on Amazon)
- Puppy Scoops Carob Ice Cream Mix For Dogs (on Amazon)
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