The most common gift for Valentine’s Day is chocolate and if you want to buy your dog something for this special day it can be hard since chocolate is toxic to dogs. The good news is that there is an alternative to chocolate for dogs and it’s called carob, a dog safe chocolate. Here’s what you should know.
What is Dog Safe Chocolate and Why is it Safe?
Carob is a natural plant that has a flavor that is similar to chocolate, though it is sweeter than cocoa. It is full of nutrients including calcium, magnesium, and B vitamins. It even provides protein and fiber. The real difference though is that it does not contain caffeine, theobromine, phenylethylamine, or fromamide like chocolate does. This is what is toxic to dogs and the reason why carob is safe. In fact, people who have sensitivities or allergies to chocolate use this as well.
Where to Buy Carob Chips
While you may not find carob chips at your local grocery store, you can usually find them at higher end grocery retailers, such as Whole Foods. If not, then you can always purchase them online. When they come they will look very similar to chocolate and you can try it for yourself to see how you like the flavor.
If you plan to make dog treats using carob then make sure you have a recipe. You want to make sure you follow this so that the treats will come out properly and not create a mess. Sure your dog will love the mess you create, but it is still nice to have pretty dog treats you can show off.
Buying Carob Dog Treats
Due to the stigma about chocolate and the fact that most people do not understand what carob is or how it compares to chocolate there are not many places where you can buy carob treats for your dog. The best bet is to go to your local Splash and Dash to check or another dog bakery. This is the best place to find them.
Keep in mind that even if you cannot find carob treats for your dog as an alternative to dog safe chocolate treats for your dog this Valentine’s Day, it does not mean that you cannot get them other dog treats. Every Splash and Dash has large dog cookies you can buy for your pet if you are not much of a baker. Your dog will love this just as much as any carob treat you buy.