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Carob for Dogs: The Ultimate Pup-Friendly Guide

Share your love of chocolate with your dog, safely! Here's everything you need to know about carob for dogs.

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It looks just like chocolate, but it’s not! And dogs love the taste of it. Yes, we’re talking about the canine culinary wonder that is carob for dogs.

If there’s one thing we need to stay on top of as pet parents, it’s what our pups are putting in their mouths, and what human foods are safe for dogs to eat

Most of us know chocolate is extremely toxic to dogs. So have you ever seen a delicious-looking ‘chocolate’ dog treat and wondered what the heck is going on? Well, we’re going to clear up the confusion for you.

The thing is, as carob looks so similar to chocolate, the two are often confused. But what you think are ‘chocolate’ dog treats, are really carob dog treats! Not only are they completely safe for your dog to eat, your pup will find them super yummy too.

So fear not, fellow chocaholics. While you certainly can’t give your dog chocolate, you can give them a perfectly dog-safe chocolate substitute (just remember, all treats in moderation!)

We’re sure you have plenty of questions about carob chocolate for dogs – that’s why we’ve put together this handy guide with everything you need to know!

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Carob for Dogs: The Ultimate Pup-Friendly Guide 

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Wait…why is chocolate toxic to dogs though?

Chocolate is top of the no-no list of human foods to give your dog.

The reason why chocolate is toxic to dogs is due to two key ingredients – caffeine, and a naturally occurring compound found in the cocoa plant called theobromine (the main toxin found in chocolate). In medicine, both are used as diuretics, heart stimulants, blood vessel dilators and muscle relaxants.

It’s this theobromine and caffeine content which dogs are unable to process as effectively as people can, causing them to be much more sensitive to their physical effects.

If your dog eats chocolate you should monitor them closely, and seek veterinary attention if any symptoms develop, such as vomiting, diarrhea, increased thirst, panting or a racing heart rate.

Carob for Dogs: The Ultimate Pup-Friendly Guide

What is carob made from?

While chocolate comes from cocoa beans, carob originates from the pod of a carob tree, named the Ceratonia siliqua. The tree’s fruit is a legume that takes a full year to mature.

Carob trees produce brown, leathery pea-like pods around 6-12 inches long. After harvest, the whole pod is dried or roasted before it is used in a wide range of recipes. This is quite different to how chocolate is made, which only uses cacao seeds.

While carob is similar to chocolate (especially in colour) it does have its own distinct flavour. Carob is naturally sweet, although its overall flavour is more earthy and nutty than chocolate. Still, their close similarities are why carob is a popular chocolate substitute in many beverages and baked treats like cupcakes, brownies and even fudge!

FUN FACT: The modern history of carob can actually be traced back 4000 years to ancient Mesopotamian culture, where the carob bean pods were used as a source of food.

Two dogs licking carob. Carob for Dogs: The Ultimate Pup-Friendly Guide

 

Is carob good for dogs?

You might be thinking, ‘if carob and chocolate look so similar, what actually makes carob a dog-safe alternative to chocolate?’

Carob is safe for dogs simply because it is free of all the allergenic and addictive effects of caffeine, as well as free of oxalic acid, theobromine, thenylthylamine and tyramine – all of which are common in chocolate. Carob also contains less fat, and doesn’t have added sugar. 

When it comes to the health benefits of carob for dogs, there are plenty! That’s because carob is packed with a variety of healthy nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, and protein.

Carob also contains antioxidants, while being a great source of fibre and promoting good gut health.

Are you beginning to see why carob is known as the ‘healthy’ chocolate? Not only is it perfectly safe to use carob in dog treats, it’s a great sugar-free chocolate alternative for us pet parents too!

Dog licking carob. Carob for Dogs: The Ultimate Pup-Friendly Guide

 

What does carob look like?

As we touched on above, in its natural form, carob looks like a brown, dried out version of your average green pea pod (just much bigger!) 

But when it comes to what you’re looking for when shopping for carob dog chocolate, there are a few different options you’ll find, including:

  • Carob powder for dogs
  • Carob drops for dogs (also known as carob chips, or carob buttons for dogs)
  • Carob chocolate blocks

While the most common versions of carob you’ll find on the shelves are drops and powder, you might also come across pre-made carob chocolate blocks too.

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Where to buy carob for dogs?

The easiest way to purchase carob treats for your dog is through an online stockist, or visiting your local pet supplies store. Most commonly here in Australia, pet stores sell packets of pre-made carob drops.

Online Australian stockists include:

Online stockist in U.S.A:

While perfectly safe for your pup to enjoy, we strongly recommend you read the label of any store-bought carob dog treats. Unfortunately some carob treats for dogs contain sugar and other additives, so always check the label before purchasing.

We recently bought 100% natural carob powder from our local health food store, and you can also purchase it online here.

What is Carob? Carob Dog Chocolate Recipes

FIND MORE CAROB DOG CHOCOLATE RECIPES HERE:

Learn how to make carob chocolate for dogs and much more at Pretty Fluffy!

Check out our collection of carob dog treat recipes – all delicious and simple to make:

We hope you and your pup love them as much as we do!

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