The Christmas Dinner and festive foods are one of the most exciting parts of the day and the entire event that is the Christmas and New Year period. Most dog owners want their dog’s to be as involved as possible in the fun, but it is extremely important to be aware of what your dog can and cannot eat from your Christmas spread. Read our guide below to find out what Christmas foods are safe for your dog. Shop our range of Turkey & Duck cold pressed and Turkey Dinner & Core Turkey dog food for your dog's Christmas Dinner!
Safe for dogs
Turkey – white meat from the turkey is generally very lean when the skin has been removed. Brown meat from areas such as the leg are much fattier, and we would not advise feeding this to your dog. Ensure all bones are removed as cooked bone can be dangerous to dogs.
Vegetables – boiled vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, broccoli and brussel sprouts are a great treat for your dog on Christmas day in moderation. Ensure there are no added ingredients such as a honey glaze on your parsnips or butter so that these are entirely dog safe.
A great treat in moderation
Potatoes – ensure you only feed your dog plain mashed or boiled potatoes without the added cream or butter which you’d normally add to make them extra tasty for us humans. Potatoes are very starchy meaning they are difficult for dog’s to digest, a small amount as a nice festive treat is absolutely fine.
Gravy – the regular gravy which we normally serve on Christmas day is both too fatty and salty for our dogs, however that doesn’t mean they must be left out! Our cold pressed dog food range can be combined with warm water to create a “dog gravy”. Simply select your dog’s favourite cold pressed recipe, add warm water until the consistency is as you want it and pour across your dog’s Christmas meal for a fun but dog-safe gravy!
Pigs in blankets – of course our dogs would absolutely love a sausage wrapped in bacon, however these Christmas staples are both salty and fatty meaning they may upset your dog’s stomach and should only be fed in moderation. Add 1 or 2 small sausages to your dog’s Christmas meal for an extra special treat but leave it at that to be safe!
Cranberry sauce – adding a small spoonful of cranberry sauce to your dog’s Christmas Day meal is a lovely sweet festive treat as long as you ensure it has no added sugar or other fruits.
Dairy products – adding a small amount of cheese on the rare occasion to your dog’s meal can be a delicious treat, however, lactose can often be difficult for dog’s to digest and may cause stomach upsets.
You should never feed these foods as they are highly toxic for dogs! Ensure all of the below are always out of reach of your four-legged friends for the entirety of the festivities.
- Christmas pudding, Christmas cake and mince pies
- Cooked bones
- Walnut and other nuts
- Onions & Garlic
- Highly salty foods