Who says humans are the only ones who can enjoy themselves on Valentine’s Day? In fact, Valentine’s Day can be for dogs as well, as long as you spoil them with something safe. For fun, I wanted to spoil my dog with one of my favorite treats during this time of the year: Chocolate covered strawberries. However, chocolate is extremely dangerous for dogs to consume. I knew I had to spoil her with something safe, but with something that was as close to the real thing. Hence, how these little beauties came to be. With these Carob covered strawberries, Valentine’s for dogs can be just as festive.
The Dangers of Chocolate for Dogs
Most pet parents know that chocolate is extremely toxic for dogs. In fact, chocolate is poisonous to dogs. The level of toxicity can be different depending on the type of chocolate and the amount that is consumed relative to a dog’s size.
Chocolate contains a component known as theobromine. While we can metabolize this compound easily within our own bodies, dogs can only process it slowly. This causes the compound to build up to toxic levels within their body. In small amounts, chocolate will not be fatal. In fact, the most it will do is cause vomiting or diarrhea. However, in large amounts, chocolate can cause seizures, a heart attack or even internal bleeding.
If your dog does consume chocolate, it is best to induce vomiting within 2 hours of consumption. Regardless of the amount, it is best to go to a veterinarian if your dog begins to show symptoms after eating chocolate.
Why is Carob Safe for Dogs?
Unlike chocolate, carob is one of the few ingredients out there that is safe for canine consumption. This is because carob does not contain caffeine and it only contains a minute amount of theobromine. Carob is not chocolate. In fact, it is part of the pea family. It is an ingredient that is hypoallergenic and works similar to chocolate in terms of melting or dipping.
In addition, carob is surprisingly nutritious. It contains natural vitamins such as Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, calcium, potassium and protein. It is also a source of fiber and pectin. Pectin is a compound that can help rid the body of toxins as well as help to improve digestion.
This recipe uses the simplest and easiest ingredients out of any treat recipe I have made on this site to date. All that you need to make these tasty treats are:
I highly recommend using the freshest strawberries you can find. Feel free to use as many or as little strawberries as you want. Depending on the size of your dog, don’t hesitate to cut the strawberries as needed.
If you are using carob chips, make sure to use unsweetened carob chips. This ingredient can be tough to find in local grocery stores. Check specialty holistic stores or order them online as I did. For this recipe, I used Pastries4Pets carob icing to simplify it.
For this recipe, I used Pastries4Pets Grain free icing. However, you can make an icing using plain Greek yogurt and peanut butter.
How to Prepare Carob Covered Strawberries
Preparing these strawberries is extremely easy. Once the carob chips are melted, all you have to do is grasp the strawberries from the leaves and gently dip or roll them in the carob until coated thoroughly to the top. Then set the strawberries onto a baking sheet lined with a sheet of parchment paper. Set into the fridge to chill for 12 to 24 hours or until the carob is set and slightly dried.
Once the carob has set, you can design the strawberries as you wish. Personally, I looked at chocolate covered strawberry recipes on Pinterest to draw inspiration from. Hence why I went with a simple white drizzle on the strawberries using white grain free icing from Pastries4Pets. For your carob strawberries, feel free to design them however you wish.
And there you have it!
Not only are these treats extremely tasty, but they are surprisingly nutritious for your pup as well. With these, you won’t have to feel guilty about spoiling your dog.
Remember, if you make these strawberries, show them off on Instagram by using the hashtag #petfoodiotreats and we may include your creations on our next post.