You may have heard of dog treats made from carob recipes before. If you have never heard of carob before, you may be asking yourself “what is carob exactly?”
Carob is used as a chocolate substitute. The carob tree grows on poor soil and harsh climates, and can even survive droughts. It belongs to the legume family. An alternative name that you may have heard before is the locust bean.
Wait a minute, isn't chocolate bad for dogs? Even though chocolate may be a delicious and savory treat and your dog would likely agree with that statement, it is important for you to know that chocolate has a substance in it that is toxic to dogs.
That is why one of the carob benefits is that you can feed your furry friend something that tastes and looks almost like the real thing, without endangering their health. Carob can therefore be thought of as chocolate for dogs.
With traditional chocolate bad for dogs, it is important to remember that if you provide your dog with carob dog treats, they may assume that chocolate is ok to eat. Dogs eating chocolate, especially in larger amounts, is dangerous to their health, so ensure that you keep actual chocolate away from your dog.
Because of the taste of carob and the fact that you can mold it into a number of different carob candy recipes, such as carob chip dog treats or carob cake, it can tempt your dog into eating homemade treats which are actually good for them. When making these treats you could include ingredients in your carob recipe such as wheat and oats. These give your dog a shinier coat and an improved digestive system.
You can modify almost any carob recipe to suit your dog's preference, opening your mind to dogs eating chocolate. Just as with real chocolate, you can find carob in a number of different varieties. This means that you can come up with your own variations of a carob recipe. For example, combine carob chips, oatmeal, and whole-wheat flour and you can make your own carob chip dog treats.
Can dogs eat chocolate? They really should not, but they should definitely try carob! The reason is that carob is low in sodium very rich in pectin and fiber (pectin helps to eliminate toxins), is made of approximately eight percent protein, and contains manganese, magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium and a number of different vitamins. Can dogs eat chocolate? No – should they eat carob? Definitely!
Things to remember about using carob:
An example of one of the carob candy recipes that you could make:
This delicious treat is called the Candy Peanut Carob Ball and we are quite certain that your dog would love it.
Mix the honey, peanut butter, and carob powder together and mold them into balls about an inch wide.
Roll the balls in additional carob powder and the crushed peanuts until you have a nice, covered base.
Place the balls onto waxed paper (you do not want them sticking and breaking) and let them sit in your refrigerator for at least an hour.
Make no mistake - is chocolate toxic to dogs? Absolutely it is. With traditional chocolate bad for dogs carob recipes provide a fantastic alternative chocolate for dogs that actually tastes good
Guaranteed your dog is going to love these carob dog treats!
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