However, disregarding the rules on some of the delicious titbits you share could be doing your dog more harm than good.
Your four-legged friend can enjoy small quantities of your turkey as long as all pieces are boneless, skinless and free from gravy or other marinades which can upset your pet’s stomach.
Again only feed your pet potatoes in small quantities as they are starchy and ensure they are plain with nothing else added (no butter and salt.)
Carrots, parsnips, green beans, courgettes, brussels sprouts, broccoli, peas, spinach and cauliflower not only make yummy Christmas dinner trimmings but all great for your pet. Make sure you rinse off any excess butter or oil before giving to your furry friend.
Chocolate and sweets
Notoriously dangerous for pets, chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine that if ingested in large quantities can be fatal. Be especially vigilant with your advent calendar as cats and dogs can easily open the doors and gobble the sweet treats inside.
Grapes, raisins, currants and sultanas
Extremely toxic to both cats and dogs, even very small amounts of these fruits can cause pets to experience vomiting, diarrhoea and in some cases kidney failures. Mince pies, Christmas pudding, fruit cake and stollen all contain one or more of these dried fruits as well as alcohol.
Once animal bones have been cooked they become extremely brittle and can splinter causing damage to your pet’s throat, stomach and intestines. Ensure there are none left in the meat you feed your dog.
Onions, garlic, leeks, shallots and chives are all dangerous to dogs due to a substance that can damage your pet’s red blood cells and cause anaemia. Stuffing contains both onion and garlic so avoid slipping this into your pet’s dinner bowl too. Rhubarb is also very poisonous to pets.
Herbs & spices
Although great for adding some flavour to your Christmas dinner, herbs, spices and gravy on titbits can upset your furry friend’s stomach. Nutmeg in particular is very poisonous for dogs and if too much is consumed can damage their nervous system.