Is your Christmas Dinner safe for your dog?

Emma Frain 03 December 2021
Written by Veterinary Surgeon Dr. Linda Simon

 Is your Christmas dinner safe for your dog?

While it can be very tempting to share our festive feasts with our four-legged friends, we may be doing more harm than good. It is only natural to not want them feeling left out but many of the foods we eat over the holidays can make our pets very unwell.


The traditional Christmas dinner in the UK consists of turkey, ham, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, veggies and some decadent puddings. While you might assume your dog can tuck in too, it is best to hold fire. Let’s take a look at why this is:


The Meat: While lean turkey meat is fine to give to our dogs, we need to be cautious of offering too much turkey skin. The skin is high in fat and could trigger pancreatitis in susceptible dogs. Bacon has a high sodium content and can be too rich for some dogs to digest.


The Stuffing: Stuffing is generally a ‘no-no’ for dogs as it contains onion and garlic. If eaten in large quantities, these allium plants can cause red blood cells to break down and anaemia.


The Gravy: While some gravies may be okay to share with our dogs, others won’t. Richer gravies that contain ingredients like butter or the fat from the meat are too high in fat and can cause stomach upsets and pancreatitis. Gravies can also be very salty, which can be dangerous for those dogs with underlying heart disease.


Cranberry sauce: Though a small amount of cranberry sauce may be safe to give, always check the label. Some varieties will contain grapes or raisins, which are highly toxic. Sugar-free sauces might also have Xylitol in them; a sugar substitute that can be lethal to pets.


Veggies: Most veggies are fine to share with our dogs. Stick to those that have not been cooked in fat, butter or oil. Boiled carrots, parsnips, sprouts and potatoes are all good choices.


Pudding: Though your pooch may try to convince you otherwise, puddings are not for sharing. They tend to contain dangerous ingredients such as chocolate, alcohol, raisins and sultanas. Remember, dogs don’t naturally have a sweet tooth so won’t feel like they’re missing out.


A Christmas Dinner without the risk


Pooch & Mutt have gone all out this year, ensuring you can provide your dog with a Christmas dinner that is not only safe for them, but is also absolutely delicious.


The limited edition festive Turkey and Chicken wet food contains a mix of fruits and veggies as well as prebiotics, to keep your dog’s gut in tip top shape. This is an especially good idea for those who may have a sensitive stomach.


For something extra special, Pooch & Mutt have also brought out some Turkey and Cranberry Meaty Treats that even contain a little cinnamon, for that little piece of festive zing! These are perfect for popping in any new food toys that Santa may have brought! That way, you can relax with your feet up while your dog keeps themselves occupied after the big Christmas meal.


So, why not treat your dog and their taste buds this Christmas? Pooch & Mutt even offer a Christmas gift box containing both the Christmas Dinners and treats! We all deserve something a little extra special this year, and it can be a nice surprise for your pet to see something different on their menu.


Luckily, with Pooch & Mutt on your side, you won’t have to worry about feeding your dog something you shouldn’t and an expensive visit to the emergency vet over the holiday season.