10 things never to feed your dog at christmas

10 Things To Never Feed Your Dog At Christmas.

10 Things To Never Feed Your Dog At Christmas

10 Things To Never Feed Your Dog At Christmas

Christmas is such an exciting time for all the family. We all wish our pets to share in the Chrimbo fun, but there are some foodstuffs you should never give your pooch. The last thing you need is for them to be in pain while you’re frantically searching for an out-of-hours vet!

If you wish Fido to join in the festivities, there is a range of dog-friendly Christmas goodies available or, much better, whip up a batch of Yuletide doggy delights.

So, what are the 10 Things Never To Feed Your Dog At Christmas?

(I’ve provided a free A5 download you can print out and stick on the fridge, so you remind the whole family – you’re welcome).


Stuffing comprises lots of herbs and spices and can irritate a dog’s stomach and lead to abdominal discomfort. The breadcrumbs are full of grains which your pooch cannot tolerate. Onions (and garlic) are lethal to dogs and should never be given.

Mince Pies

They are full of currants, sultanas and raisins that, even in limited amounts, can be fatal to some dogs. If you believe your pet may have consumed some, go straight to the vet, as they can lead to severe kidney failure!


It’s common sense, but you should never allow your dog alcohol of any kind. Dogs cannot metabolise booze, even in small amounts, as it is toxic to their systems. In extreme cases, alcohol poisoning can lead to organ breakdown and death.

10 Things To Never Feed Your Dog At Christmas

Macadamia Nuts

While some nuts (cashews, pistachios, and unsalted peanuts) may be fine for your dog to eat – steer away from macadamias and walnuts. They can be toxic and even produce inflammation of the pancreas. Chestnuts can be ok in minimal amounts.

Fruit pips & Stones

Dogs love the sweetness of fruit, and most are very healthy snacks – but never let your dog eat the pips or stones. Not only can they block their intestines, but certain kinds contain cyanide (e.g., apples, cherries, peaches, pears, plums, and apricots). 

Christmas Cake

Not only is Christmas cake full of fat and sugar, but it also contains lots of currants, sultanas, and raisins (see above). It may also contain alcohol and spices.

Xylitol (Sweetener)

Xylitol is an artificial sweetener which is toxic to dogs. It’s found in mouthwash, toothpaste, chewing gum, cereals, some brands of peanut butter, sugar-free sweets, and puddings and more. As little as 500mg can kill a small dog and make a large one very sick. It causes a huge spike in insulin, and emergency treatment is necessary if you suspect it’s been ingested. Hypoglycemia caused by insulin overload can last for 12-24hrs.

Blue Cheese Mould

While some dogs love cheese (ours do!), many are lactose intolerant – so only give a small amount. But never feed a dog any blue cheese, e.g., Stilton, Roquefort, gorgonzola. The fungus used to make these cheeses produces a substance called Roquefort C, which dogs may be sensitive to. This can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, high temperatures and even seizures.

Cooked Bones

Cooked bones, especially bird bones, can become extremely brittle and shatter, causing intestinal ruptures and blockages. If you want to give your dog a bone, stick to a healthy marrow bone or lamb bone if you have a small dog.


As tempting as it is when a long snout appears out of nowhere and snuffles around as you open the advent calendar – don’t give your pup any! Chocolate is toxic to dogs because it contains a chemical called theobromine. Dogs cannot metabolise theobromine as humans can. This makes them more sensitive to the chemical effects. If you want to give your dog a chocolate-like fix, give them a little carob, which is perfectly safe for canines. Store your Christmas goodies out of reach.

Download this A5 fridge reminder

Of course, there are many healthy foods your dog can eat at Christmas!


Turkey and chicken are great choices to feed your pup as they are low in fat and full of protein. Remove any skin which is very fatty and may cause stomach upsets.


Fresh or frozen vegies are always a splendid choice for mixing in with meat and kibble. They supply heaps of vitamins and nutrients to support good health and skin. Carrots, pumpkin, cooked sweet potato, peas and green beans are good for all dogs.


Eggs are packed with nutrients like:

  • Iron
  • Fatty Acids
  • Folate
  • Protein
  • Riboflavin
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B12

Our dogs love cold boiled eggs as snacks. If you are worried about the risks of salmonella cook the eggs before serving.


Sardines and other oily fish are an excellent choice. They contain plenty of protein and essential vitamins and nutrients. They also contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which support healthy memory, brain functions, and eyesight. Stick to sardines canned in spring water as those packed in oil can cause stomach upsets.

So now you know to avoid the products in the 10 Things Never to Feed Your Dog At Christmas, we hope you have a smashing, safe holiday season with your family and pooch.

Merry Christmas!

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