What parts of Christmas dinner can our dogs safely eat? A vet explains

Must See 20/12/2019

Christmas time is for the whole family to enjoy, and that includes your furry friend. But you also don't want to be sharing all the Christmas fare with your pooch if it's going to make them sick do you?

Thanks to the experts at Purina, we're here to help you with what foods are safe to share with your dog this Chrissy. 

"The Christmas season is a fun and festive time and there’s no reason that you can’t make your dog Christmas dinner! But if you want to prepare your pup a special Christmas meal, it’s important to know that there are certain foods that should be avoided as they could cause problems that vary in severity from digestive issues, to possible death," says Purina.

So what CAN your dog eat?

  • Turkey - this is safe for your pup as long as it's boneless and skinless. The skin is too fatty for your dog, and the bones can cause internal damage, so make sure you're taking the time to remove any bones and skin before feeding it to your fur ball. 
  • Cranberry sauce - just make sure it's unsweetened with no added nuts and this is fine to share.
  • Potatoes - mashed or boiled potatoes are safe for your dog, but make sure you haven't added too much salt or butter. Don't feed your pup too much spuds though, they can find the starch hard to digest. 
  • Veges - green beans, brussel sprouts, parsnips, peas and swede are all fine to feed as a tasty and healthy snack to your dog. 

And what CAN'T they eat?

  • Gravy - your pup may love the taste of gravy, but it's far too fatty and salty for them and should be avoided because it will cause stomach upset and digestive problems. Dog food containing gravy has been specifically designed for canine consumption, so that's a nice alternative!
  • Stuffing - this contains onions, which can be toxic to your dog, so avoid feeding them this! The herbs and spices can also cause an upset stomach. 
  • Christmas pudding or mince pies - these contain lots of currants, sultanas and raisins which are all highly toxic for your dog, and in some cases if digested they can even cause severe kidney failure, so steer clear of these!
  • Chocolate - definitely not. Chocolate is highly toxic to dogs, even in small amounts. It contains a chemical called theobromine and when small amounts are consumed it can cause serious reactions such as agitation, tremors, convulsions, hyperexcitability and even heart problems. If you think your dog has eaten more than 3.5g of plain or dark chocolate or 14g of milk chocolate, they should be taken to the vet as soon as possible.
  • Onions, garlic and bulb veges - these veges are all from the Allium species of plants and are highly toxic to dogs. Digestion of these can cause damage to red blood cells which could result in anaemia. 
  • Pigs in blankets - while your dog will be drooling over these, bacon wrapped sausages are too high in fat and salt for them. Pork products should only be fed if it's a lean cut, and properly cooked. 
  • Macadamia nuts and walnuts - keep your pup away from these, they're not healthy for their stomachs. 
  • Milk and dairy - while cream and cheese are a Xmas staple, they shouldn't be added to your dogs dinner. They find lactose hard to digest, and large amounts of dairy can cause stomach upsets, sickness and diarrhoea. 

Keep your pup safe this Christmas, and make sure you're being aware of what's going to their tum. We love to include our pets, but keeping them safe is the top priority!