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Featuring Demian Dressler, DVM and Sue Ettinger, DVM, Dip. ACVIM (Oncology), authors of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide

Valentine’s Day Dog Treat: “Chocolate”-Dipped Strawberries!

Updated: February 8th, 2021


These “chocolate” dipped strawberries are coated in carob, which many dogs love. What a lovely and loving treat for your dog on Valentine’s Day (or any special day).

I’ve got another recipe for you! Just in time for Valentine’s Day with your special pup 🌹

We get to have chocolate-covered strawberries, but our pups don’t, because chocolate is toxic for them. So instead, I’m using carob, a high-fiber, relatively low-carb chocolate substitute that is naturally sweet.

Fair warning: while many dogs love the taste of carob on its own, some don’t. Let your pup taste test the “chocolate” before dipping the strawberries.  Roscoe didn’t like the plain carob but loved when I added the almond butter 💙

Editor’s Note: Typically for dogs with cancer we avoid higher sugar fruit like strawberries in favor or densely nutritious, dark berries like raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries. But once in a while, you get a Cheat Day in Dr. Dressler’s Full Spectrum approach to cancer care … so as a special treat, these are great!


“Chocolate” (Carob) Covered Strawberries 🍓

These are super easy to make, and your dog will love them as a special treat.


2 tbs 100% carob powder
3 tbs organic coconut oil
1 pint strawberries
1 tsp almond butter (optional)

Note: most dogs can digest almond butter, but some are sensitive and may get an upset tummy. If you are worried, use peanut butter instead!


  • Place parchment-covered cookie sheet in freezer
  • Rinse and then place strawberries in refrigerator
  • Heat 3 tbs of coconut oil (stove or microwave)
  • Add 2 tbs of carob powder and mix well
  • Add 1 tsp of almond butter (if desired) and mix well
  • Remove baking sheet from freezer and strawberries from fridge
  • Pat cold strawberry very dry with paper towel
  • Roll in “chocolate” mix (if it doesn’t stick, your berries are probably damp)
  • Place on chilled baking sheet
  • Repeat for each strawberry

These last for 2-3 days in the refrigerator.



Want to use food to help your dog with cancer? Read chapter 14!

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