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What You Can and Can't Feed Your Dog at Christmas

What You Can and Can't Feed Your Dog at Christmas



'Tis the season to be jolly, and for many of us, that means indulging in delicious holiday treats and feasts. As we prepare to celebrate Christmas with family and friends, it's essential to keep our furry companions in mind. While sharing the joy of the season with our dogs can be delightful, it's crucial to be aware of what's safe and what's off-limits when it comes to festive feasting for our four-legged friends.

What You Can Feed Your Dog:

Lean Proteins: Share small, boneless, and well-cooked portions of turkey or chicken with your dog. Remove the skin, bones, and excess fat before offering it to them.

Vegetables: Dogs can enjoy a variety of vegetables like carrots, green beans, and sweet potatoes. Ensure these are cooked and free from seasonings like garlic and onions.

Plain Rice or Potatoes: Plain, cooked rice or potatoes can be a safe addition to your dog's holiday meal. Avoid adding any butter, salt, or other seasonings.

Cranberries: Fresh or plain, unsweetened cranberries can be a healthy and festive addition to your dog's diet in moderation.

Dog-Safe Treats: Consider getting or making special holiday-themed treats specifically designed for dogs. Many pet stores offer festive options that are safe and enjoyable for your furry friend.

What You Can't Feed Your Dog:

Chocolate: This holiday staple is toxic to dogs and can cause symptoms ranging from vomiting to more severe conditions. Keep all chocolate treats out of reach.

Bones: While it might seem like a treat, avoid giving your dog cooked bones, as they can splinter and cause choking or intestinal blockages.

Alcohol: Be vigilant about spills and unattended glasses. Even small amounts of alcohol can be dangerous for dogs, causing coordination problems and respiratory distress.

Onions and Garlic: These common ingredients in many holiday dishes can lead to toxicity in dogs, damaging their red blood cells and causing anemia.

Nuts: Macadamia nuts and certain others can be harmful to dogs, causing weakness, vomiting, and hyperthermia.


As you celebrate the holiday season with your loved ones, including your canine companion, it's crucial to strike a balance between festive indulgence and pet safety. By being mindful of what foods are safe and which ones are best avoided, you can ensure that both you and your dog have a joyful and worry-free Christmas. Remember, moderation is key, and when in doubt, consult with your veterinarian to make the best choices for your furry friend. Wishing you and your dog a happy and healthy holiday season!

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