Did You Know? Chocolate vs. Carob

Have you ever wondered why chocolate is toxic to pets and why the chocolate look-alike, carob, is not?

Chocolate is made from the fruit (beans) of the cacao tree and contains two toxic components: Theobromine and Caffeine, both of which are members of a drug class called Methylxanines.  Theobromine is toxic to a dog when it ingests between 100 and 150 milligrams per kilogram of body weight, so when determining the potential toxicity for your size dog, it is important to know the chocolate portion size and type of chocolate. Bakers beware: baker's chocolate and semisweet varieties are the most dangerous, so be sure to always properly/safely store large amounts of chocolate in your home.

But, there is an alternative… Hooray for carob! It’s a better choice (for dogs and humans!) without the toxins, additives, and health risks that comes with chocolate. A dog-safe alternative to chocolate Carob is commonly used in all-natural dog treats, most notably are the deliciously decorated dog bakery cookies with carob/yogurt icing that look, smell, and taste too good to be true.  

Carob has been used for food for over 5000 years originating from a Mediterranean evergreen tree that goes by the name Ceratonia Siliqua. Made from the roasted and ground pods, carob is actually a legume and has significant nutritional value.  Whether your pet's chocolate-y treats are made with naturally sweet carob powder or carob chips, indulge away for guilt-free good dog behavior-- in moderation of course!

 So, while it might be tempting to share your chocolate decadence with your pooch, think again, and choose carob.

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