Common Christmas Foods Toxic To Dogs

Christmas is a time to indulge, celebrate and have fun. So when it comes to Christmas dinner, no one wants to leave their dog out. Many will cook them their very own festive plate of food, whilst others will let their dog have a piece of their own indulgent treat.

But when it comes to festive food, a lot are actually toxic to dogs. Some of the most commonly known are; cooked bone, chocolate, alcohol, grapes, macadamia nuts, Christmas pudding, mince pies and Christmas cake.

Most dog owners are aware of these but did you know some foods have hidden ingredients that are as equally toxic? 

Cranberry Sauce

Feel free to let your dog have some Turkey this Christmas, but watch out for that cranberry sauce. Although most cranberry sauces aren’t toxic (but are only safe in small quantities due to high sugar content) some do contain added sweeteners such as Xylitol and/ or added grapes and raisins which ARE toxic to dogs.

Blue Cheese

Cheese is often given to dogs as treats right? So you wouldn’t think that some cheeses could actually be toxic to dogs. However, blue cheese contains Mycotoxic Roquefortine, which is a toxin within the fungi that is present in the mould. Dogs are sensitive to this toxin and it can cause muscle tremors, seizures, and in worst cases, even death due to the result of high quantities or very overripe blue cheese.

Sage & Onion Stuffing

This festive food favourite might seem like an innocent left-over to give your dog. However, onions, garlic, leeks, shallots and chives are all part of the Allium family. These are plants that contain a substance which can damage red blood cells and cause life threatening anaemia, when eaten in large quantities.

Turkey Skin

Many owners will give their dog pieces of left-over meat or the 'scabby bits' such as dark fatty meat or turkey skin. Unfortunately many festive foods are too fatty and rich for dogs causing vomiting and diarrhea. But also in some cases lead to pancreatitis, a very painful and serious condition. Other rich and fatty foods include; pigs in blankets, gravy, goose fat, bacon and sausages. 

Providing your dog is healthy and isn’t allergic to the below foods, these are safe to give them in small amounts this Christmas; 
  • Turkey (no skin, fatty bits or bone) 
  • Salmon Lamb (no bone)
  • Brussel Sprouts (no sauce)
  • Parsnips (without glaze or oil)
  • Carrots (boiled)
  • Suede Broccoli (boiled or steamed)
  • Cauliflower (no sauce)
  • Peas
  • Mash Potato (without butter)
  • Sweet Potato (plain)
  • New Potatoes (boiled)


If you’re looking to feed your dog something safe, festive and wholesome this Christmas why not try our range of Faff Free Frozen Complete dog food which includes festive flavours such as Turkey, Salmon, Lamb, Beef & Chicken. These include all the trimmings that are safe for your dog! 

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