Don’t Spoil Your Dog This Christmas

Dog at Christmas

Christmas can be a time that we like to spoil our pets as well as ourselves, but some human food can be dangerous for dogs.  We all know that chocolate is bad for your dog, but what other foods shouldn’t you feed your best friend?

Whilst having fun over the festive period, please make sure your dog stays fit and healthy by not feeding them these foods.


Most people know that chocolate is bad for dogs, but some people still leave chocolate in irresistible places.  Make sure any chocolate decorations hung from christmas trees are out of reach of your pet.  Likewise, please make sure any chocolate given to children isn’t left within reach of your dog.


This includes christmas pudding and mince pies.  It can take just a grape or two to make a dog seriously ill.  Some dogs can take more, but it isn’t worth the risk.


Just as it is for humans, alcohol is intoxicating to dogs and can cause some nasty side effects.  Please remember any alcohol that has been added to food during cooking.  If your dog does indulge, the best thing to do is call a vet for advice.


Onions contain an ingredient called thiosulphate which is toxic to dogs and damages the red blood cells.  Symptoms include breathlessness, lethargy, diarrhea and vomiting.  Please remember things like onion gravy are not suitable also.

Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia nuts are not nice for a dog.  Eating them can quickly cause dogs to experience weakness, tremors, vomiting and depression.  These symptoms can last for 24-48 hours.  Again, if you suspect your dog has eaten them, please contact a vet for advice.


With the Christmas meal we tend to cook more meat on the bone than normal.  Cooked bones can become brittle and break easily.  This can cause problems when digested with bone fragments getting stuck.  Please also remember to make sure any carcass is left out of reach of your dog.  Bins can be raided during the night!

Please note: this information is not meant as a substitution for qualified advice from a vet.  if you suspect your dog is ill, please call a vet immediately.