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Christmas is an exciting time of the year for the entire family, and that includes your dog too. Most owners want their four-legged furry friend to be involved in all the festivities incl a dog christas dinner.
Much of what we eat at Christmas is suitable for your dog, but there are few things to watch out for. Turkey bones, grapes, dried fruit such as raisins and dates, chocolate (unless it’s canine-friendly theobromine free chocolate), macadamia nuts and alcohol are just a few. They can all cause serious health problems for dogs, so they need to be kept out of their food bowl.
That still leaves lots you can share with your dog. Alternatively, you could purchase ready-prepared dog Christmas dinner
Dog Christmas dinner – Starters
Starters should generally be avoided. Starters generally consist of things such as pate, smoked salmon or prawns, Whilst a small amount is fine it is generally nor advisable as can upset your dog’s tummy.
Your dog will definitely want to join in enjoying the roast
Make sure the meat you serve is free from bones, which can shatter and lodge in his throat and avoid adding gravy as it can be high in salt and may contain onion.
The skins of turkey also has a lot of fat that your dog will not be able to properly digest.
The good old potato is a staple food that can be enjoyed by all the family. When doing the roast potatoes for the Christmas meal make sure you don’t add salt to them – you add salt o your own taste afterwards
Carrots, either raw or cooked are perfectly safe for dogs to eat. I would recommend that you cut them up rather than give them whole to prevent choking. Again like with potatoes don’t add any salt.
Other vegetables for dog.
If you want your furry pal to join in on the roast dinner, you can feed them green vegetables like green beans, peas, spinach, carrots and boiled potatoes. Avoid adding spices or butter, as that can irritate your dog’s stomach. Also, avoid avocados and mushrooms.
Onions and garlic etc.
These should be avoided at all cost, and it is worth checking the ingredients on any packaging.
Gravy should be avoided when making the dog Christmas dinner as it could potentially contain garlic or onion and most definitely will be too salty.
As a general ruke gravy is fatty and therefore should be avoided as it could cause digestive problems such as diarrhoea and vomiting. You can buy dog-friendly gravy,
Stuffing is to be completely avoided as it contains onions, garlic, spices and herbs. Onions are incredibly toxic to dogs, and so foods with onions should not be fed to your dog. Some spices and herbs can cause an upset stomach.
Christmas Pudding and Mince Pies.
We all want some figgy pudding except for dogs. Dogs can’t eat grapes, dried grapes (raisins and sultanas) or dates so Christmas pudding is instantly a no-go. If you want your dog to feel included you can make some doggy mince pies replacing the mincemeat with dog food.
Don’t forget that Christmas cake, stollen and Panettone all contain dried fruit too.
If your dog is used to having cheese he’ll love to share a little bit at the end of the meal but as high fat, lactose-containing food if he’s not had it before it might upset his tummy a little.
Sweets and Chocolate.
Chocolate is highly toxic to dogs and even small amounts can be dangerous. Chocolate has chemical compound theobromine and can cause serious reactions such as tremors, convulsions, agitation and hyperexcitability. Sweets are far too sugary for your dog to eat. Chocolates and sweets are a complete no.
So don’t be tempted to pass him the after-eights.
Nuts are potential choking hazards so shouldn’t be offered whole. Some nuts such as Brazil nuts and macadamias are actually toxic and can cause vomiting, tremors and hypothermia if ingested so keep the nut bowl well out of harm’s way.
Don’t be tempted to share your tipple. Dogs’ kidneys can’t process alcohol, and they can get ill very easily.
Now that you know what and what not to serve your dog for Christmas dinner, you can enjoy your festive time and make your dog Christmas dinner with the foods that will be great for them.
When we do a Christmas Dinner we really go to town with the average cost being over £16 per person and it would take 36 hours of marching to work it off
Below is a nice healthy option for your dog on Christmas day. Make it in advance to save yourself yet another job on the day
Christmas Dinner for Dogs Recipe 1
100g minced turkey
50g cooked rice
Couple of Brussels Sprouts
Heat some olive oil up in a pan and gently fry the mince, Stir in the rice, carrot and sprouts allowing the ricer to soak up the juices and the vegetables to soften
Once it is all cooked remove from heat and allow to cool before serving
Missy and Roxy give this 5 stars
Christmas Dinner For Dogs Recipe No 2
This recipe is ideal for a medium dog and contains around half the recommended calories. The receipt contains 10g fat and 88g carbs
100g turkey, roasted skinless
40g canned salmon, drained
350g potatoes, boiled or plain mash
50g Brussels sprouts, boiled
50g carrot, raw or boiled
6tbsp giblet stock
Like all recipes I have made Missy and Roxy it is really easy to do. Just mix them all up and place in bowl and watch your dogs woof it down
Finally don’t forget to check out what foods are safe for your dog this Christmas
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