Can dogs eat Mince pies?

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Christmas is a time for eating and drinking far too much. This ranges from eating too much Christmas dinner such as turkey, stuffing, roasted vegetables and gravy, followed by Christmas pudding and mince pies in the evening.

After all, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without mince pies, pigs in blankets, sausage rolls and other party food.

It is always hard to enjoy any food without your furbaby looking at you with those longing eyes or putting their head on your lap.  However, it is important to be aware that most if not all Christmas treats that we enjoy at Christmas are usually toxic to our dogs.

We hope this article will help provide you with an insight into Christmas Toxic foods for dogs and what should be kept out of the way of your dog.

Mince pies – can my dog eat mince pies?

Never give dogs mince pies.  The mincemeat is made up of fruit that contains raisins.  Raisins can lead to our dogs suffering from acute kidney failure and, in rare cases, lead to death.

This not only applies to raisins but also currants, sultanas and grapes

As well as being toxic die to raisins, mince pies are also high in sugar and fat, which can lead to an upset digestive system, so you see they are bad for our dogs (and a lot of humans, especially if you have diabetes or are on a  low potassium diet)

If you haven’t been put of mince pies yet, then remember they usually come in a small foil case which can provide a choking hazard for our curious dogs as they

If you are opting for the low sugar option, then these contain xylitol which is an artificial sweetener that is poisonous to dogs

So the short answer to can dogs eat mince pies is most definitely NOT. However, Tesco do a dog friendly mince pie

Help my dog has eaten a mince pie

If your dog does manage to get hold of a mince pie, it is important you contact your vet as soon a possible.  They will be able to advise you on the best course of action depending on just how much they have eaten

You also need to keep your eye open for any of the following symptoms

  • vomiting and diarrhoea
  • An increase in  thirst
  • an increase in drooling
  • lack of appetite
  • wobbling when they walk
  • lethargy

Other Christmas food dangers


Rawhide treats and bones are very common this time of year in Christmas stockings and other places.  Whilst rawhide is not deadly for your dog, and we highly recommend you read our article on why you shouldn’t give a dog rawhide.


Given in small amounts, ginger can be good for dogs, especial if they are feeling nausea. Unless you have made the gingerbread yourself and know exactly what is in it, please do not give it to your dog.  The reason being is that shop brought gingerbread often contains a lot of sugar and fat along with nutmeg, which will upset your dog’s stomach#
This toxin is called myristicin.

Christmas Pudding/ / Figgy Pudding

Christmas pudding like mince pies is a BIG no no as they usually contain dried fruit, including sultanas and raisins, which will affect your dog’s digestive system or worse.
As with all cakes, it will also be very high in sugar which is also bad for dogs (and humans with diabetes).
If you want to know if dogs can eat Christmas dinner, read our article on the subject.  We also have an article on making dog treats with seasonal ingredients