It’s the meal we humans look forward to all year and you’d be forgiven for wanting to share some of your Christmas dinner morsels with your pet. After all  it is the season of giving!

However, disregarding the rules on some of the delicious titbits you share could be doing your dog more harm than good.



Christmas turkey

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.)

Winter vegetables

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.


Food Don’ts

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.

Cooked bones

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.

Bulb vegetables

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.


The key is to feed everything to your pet in moderation, including the foods that are safe for them to enjoy. If your pet does ingest any of our Christmas don’ts, consult your vet as soon as you can.