Keep your dogs safe this Christmas

Christmas foods that can be dangerous for dogs.
Christmas is a fun time of year for all the family, even those with four legs. With the whole pack coming together for a winter celebration it usually means far more fuss and treats for our furry friends.

Christmas often comes with an abundance of delicious foods some of which can be dangerous for dogs.

So what foods should you watch out for this Christmas?

Christmas foods that can be toxic to dogs.


Alcohol can have similar effects on dogs as it does to us. But this can be worse for dogs resulting in Alcohol poisoning.


I think this is the one that most dog owners are well aware of, but the risk of fido getting their chops around a rogue button is higher at times like Christmas and Easter when there is just more of it about. For those of us who don't want our hounds to feel left out, dog-friendly chocolate treats can be purchased.

Cooked bones

Cooked bones can splinter and cause damage to your dog's throat or stomach.


While dairy isn't highly toxic to dogs, it can cause issues to some with symptoms including stomach upsets, diarrhea, vomiting and passing gas.

Grapes (raisins, sultanas & currents)

Another one that dog owners are likely to be well aware of. Eating them can lead to kidney failure.


Human gravy is high in salt (maybe we could do with a bit less of that too?) which isn't great for dogs. But the good news is that dog gravy can be purchased in most pet food stores.


Onions contain an ingredient called thiosulphate which is toxic to dogs. Eating onions can cause a condition called hemolytic anemia which results in damage to dogs' red blood cells. Because garlic, leek, shallots, and chives can have the same effect as onions, its best to avoid giving your dog leftovers.

General overindulgence

As with ourselves, Christmas can be a time of overindulgence for dogs, leading to weight gain that isn't good for anyone hound or human.

The content of this page is not veterinary advice. If your dog has managed to get some of these foods, or something else you fear may cause harm to your dog, please seek veterinary advice as soon as possible.

Christmas dinner out this year? Why don't you take your dog too?