Can My Dog Have Christmas Lunch?
We know it's tempting to feed your furry friend some of your delicious Christmas lunch, but make sure you know which festive foods are safe for your pets. It is important that you do your own research alongside reading our blog post. If you're unsure about anything, please consult your vet.
Unsafe for pets
Here we have compiled a list of common festive foods that are considered unsafe for your pets (specifically dogs).
Turkey Skin can be extremely hazardous to your dog's health. The skin holds spices, marinade and oils that can be hard for your dog to digest. High fat foods can lead to a painful and expensive case of pancreatitis.
Grapes and Raisins along with sultanas, grapes and raisins can be poisonous to dogs. Eating them can be toxic, and lead to kidney failure and failure to the kidneys to produce urine.
Chocolate is never a good idea. It contains caffeine and a toxin called theobromine. It can be lethal (especially dark chocolate in high enough doses)
Onions contain sulphides which are toxic to dogs and can lead to anaemia. Cooking them does not reduce their toxicity.
Cooked Ham and Turkey Bones, cooked bones can splinter in the digestive tract and perforate the intestines.
Nuts, be careful when feeding your dog nuts. Some nuts are fine, but others like almonds, walnuts, pecans and pistachios can cause upset stomachs and pancreatitis. Take care with peanut butter too, a lot of varieties now contain xylitol.
Safe for pets
Here we have compiled a list of common festive foods that are considered safe for your pets (specifically dogs).
Plain Turkey is fine to feed to your pets this festive season. Make sure to only give them cooked white meat that is completely unseasoned. Like we explained above, seasoned turkey can be very harmful for your pets.
Carrots along with other plain vegetables are safe for pets to enjoy. Please ensure that the veg is completely unseasoned before giving to your pets.
Broccoli makes a super yummy, and safe treat for your furry friends. Pets can actually eat broccoli both cooked and raw. Not to mention the great health benefits that veggies have for your pets too.
Sweet Potato is perfectly fine to give to your pets. However, make sure to give this to them in moderation.
Swede is another root vegetable that your furry friend can enjoy. Make sure to thoroughly wash away any dirt to avoid any upset tummies!
Sprouts are great for pets. They're rich in fibre and full of antioxidants. The perfect healthy treat for your pet during the festive period (and after!)
We hope this simple festive food guide has been informative. Let's keep our furry friends safe this Christmas!