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A Dog’s Christmas Dinner: Do’s and Don’t’s

It’s fun and a wonderful treat to set aside some safe bits and pieces for your dog when cooking your Christmas dinner, so they may have a special Christmas dinner or treat as well. However, not all food is suitable for dogs. Some human food can upset a dog’s stomach, which is unpleasant, but some are considerably more harmful and even kill them. 


Please remember to serve human food to dogs in moderation once you’ve reviewed the list of foods that are safe for them to eat. Any unusual food, whether hazardous or not, can upset your dog’s stomach. On Christmas Day, no one wants to be stuffed and bloated. You’re in charge of ensuring your pet doesn’t consume more than they’re used to. The key to success is moderation.


Here are some delicious Christmas dinner staples that your dog can safely have in moderation: 



Your dog can enjoy small portions of boneless, skinless white meat. 


Cranberry Sauce

Allow your dog to taste a little cranberry sauce on their turkey if you like, but only a little and only if it is pure cranberry sauce with no additional sugars, other fruits, nuts, or other ingredients. 



Potatoes are a delightful holiday treat, but only feed your dog simple mashed or boiled potatoes with no other ingredients (e.g., salt, butter). Moderation is crucial once again. Potatoes are incredibly starchy, no matter how prepared or cooked, and dogs may have difficulty digesting them.



Take it easy on the veggies, but the following are allowed for your furry friend: 

  • carrots
  • parsnips 
  • green beans
  • Brussel sprouts
  • broccoli florets 
  • peas
  • spinach
  • cauliflower, and other similar vegetables 


Dogs can eat almost any green or mixed vegetable. Your dog will appreciate mashed carrots and swedes with their Christmas dinner but don’t add butter or salt to their portion. Dogs should avoid corn on the cob and bulb vegetables like onions and leeks.



You can also give your dog an egg as a treat. Eggs are high in protein, vitamins, and minerals and are beneficial to our dog’s health. If you’re concerned about the risk of salmonella from raw eggs, boil them first. Scrambled eggs are a terrific method to cook eggs for your dog, but don’t forget to leave out the milk, butter, and salt. 



Sugary and acidic can disturb your dog’s stomach, so offer them in moderation and first remove the pits/seeds. Rhubarb is a fruit to avoid as canines are poisoned by the plant’s stalk and its leaves.


Here’s a list of foods that are not healthy to feed your dog this Christmas:


Cooked Bones

They are hollow and can readily splinter, making them a dangerous puncture or choking hazard whether raw or cooked. 


Chicken/Turkey Skin

For your dog, this is simply too fatty. Inflammation of the pancreas can be caused by excess fat (pancreatitis). 



It’s delicious, but it’s too salty and greasy for dogs. They’ll enjoy their turkey meal just as much without the gravy. It’s best to stay away from it all together~


Onions, Garlic, and Other Bulb Vegetables Are Examples of This (e.g., Chives, Leeks, Shallots) 

Onions are a no-no since they are toxic to dogs. Any variation, such as onion powder, falls under this category. Garlic is a divisive topic, and while a small amount is not poisonous to your dog, a large amount can have a severe cumulative effect.


Raisins, Currants, and Grapes 

Even in tiny concentrations, these are lethal to dogs. If your dog consumes these foods, get medical attention right away. Some dogs can handle a few, but many can’t, and you never know how your dog will respond, so don’t take any chances. 



Macadamia nuts and walnuts are harmful to dogs, and salted peanuts aren’t good for them either. Other nuts, such as cashews, pistachios, and almonds, are fine in small amounts but might be difficult to digest and cause stomach trouble.



Many of us like avocados around the holidays, but both the fruit and the stone contain toxins harmful to dogs. 



Delicious, but dangerous to dogs. Chocolate contains theobromine, which is toxic to dogs even with minor levels. 


Yeast and Uncooked Dough

Yeast and dough will rise and ferment in your dog’s stomach. Not only is it painful, but it can also be lethal. When doing your Christmas baking, keep yeast and dough away from your dog.


Christmas Plants

Finally, do not allow your dog to eat your Christmas decorations. Dogs enjoy sniffing and nibbling at new items in the house. A new plant that has been placed at their level will undoubtedly be investigated. Poinsettias, mistletoe, and holly, among other popular Christmas plants, are harmful to dogs, so keep them out of reach.


Disclaimer: Doggy Detail assumes no responsibility or liability for the content of this article or the listed foods. If unsure, please seek veterinary advice.