Feeding & Treating Your Dog: Carob
For many dogs even a small bit of chocolate can send them running for the yard with quite the upset stomach or worse. Thanks to Theobromine in chocolate products it can be quite a toxic threat to their health when consumed. That’s where the naturally sweet tasting legume Carob can step in. Carob makes a tempting, safe treat for dogs, whether or not they’ve ever snuck a taste of real chocolate. For chocolate loving dog owners at first glance, Carob dipped biscuits and treats satisfy our temptation to share our favorite nosh with our favorite pals. Here at Leaps & Bones we relish making dog treats that look indulgent and delicious while being perfectly safe to enjoy sharing without worry.
We love Carob for its naturally sweet flavor as well as for its nutrients. Vitamins A, B, B1, B2, B3, B6 and D, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, manganese and protein make this ingredient a seriously, fun choice. Carob is a source of fiber and pectin, which help eliminate toxins, and this super food improves digestion, lowers cholesterol, and can be used to treat diarrhea. Allowing better absorption of calcium means it can even join the fight against osteoporosis.
So What Makes Carob Safe?
Carob does not contain caffeine, phenylethylamine or fromamide, and only a minute, harmless amount of the stimulant theobromine. The Carob is an eastern Mediterranean evergreen tree of the pea family. Originating as seeds from within the carob pods, it is hypoallergenic and can be powdered like cocoa, made into chips, or melted for dipping. Naturally sweet, means we don’t need to add sugar to sweeten like chocolate does. This gives us the look, texture and palatability of chocolate~ yay!
Having a healthy, flexible ingredient that tastes great means we can dress up healthy, nutritious ingredients that we’d like to be sure our dogs eat readily. Most dogs simply cannot resist Carob dipped biscuits, or even carob dipped medication! So, in our treating repertoire: we let them eat Carob!