Festive Foods that Are Safe for Your Dog 

The holiday season is a time for joy, celebration, and indulging in delicious treats. As you prepare your festive meal, it’s only natural to want to share the joy with your four-legged friend. However, not all human foods are safe for dogs, and some can be dangerous. To ensure your canine companion feels included in the holiday festivities, let’s explore some suitable festive foods that your dog can enjoy safely. 

5 Festive Foods that Your Dog Will Love 


Turkey is a traditional meat served during the holidays and is a beloved part of many Christmas dinners. Luckily in moderation, it is a safe option for your dog. Ensure that there are no bones or skin on the turkey as these can cause issues and make sure it is free from seasonings, especially garlic and onion which are toxic to dogs. 

staffy dog with blue and white bib and turkey on plate in front


Roast potatoes are my favourite part of a Christmas Dinner however, they’re slightly too fatty for your pup to digest. Save some of the boiled potatoes and serve to your dog for a tasty treat. 


Fresh cranberries or plain cranberry sauce can be a tasty and safe addition to your dog’s Christmas Dinner. They are high in antioxidants and are a delicious and healthy treat for your pooch. 


If you’re anything like us here, then you will have plenty of veg left over from your Christmas dinner. Many dogs enjoy vegetables, and they make a healthy addition to their diet. Plain, cooked vegetables like carrots, green beans, and sweet potatoes are great choices. Skip the butter, salt, and seasonings, and serve them in bite-sized pieces. 

jack russel with carrot toy


I haven’t met a dog that doesn’t like cheese, and Christmas is a time when there is loads of it. Cheese can be a delightful addition to your dog’s holiday menu, however only in small amounts; opt for plain, low-fat varieties and feed in moderation. It can be a great source of protein and calcium for your four-legged friend. 

Extra Special Holiday Treats 

Not sure what to get your pup for Christmas? Get creative in the kitchen and whip up some homemade dog treats. There are countless dog-friendly recipes available online that use safe ingredients like oats, peanut butter, and plain yoghurt. 

german shepherd up on counter while owner makes cookies - festive food

Festive Foods to Avoid Giving Your Dog 

 Many ‘human’ foods are not suitable for your dog, and it is essential to be mindful of your dog’s dietary restrictions or allergies. 

gingerbread with 1 leg with dog in the background

Here are some festive foods that are on the ‘naughty list’: 

  • Chocolate – Chocolate is highly toxic to dogs and even small amounts can be fatal. Keep the advent calendars and selection boxes away from your furry friend. 
  • Stuffing – Avoid adding stuffing to your dog’s Christmas bowl as they can contain high levels of fat as well as garlic and onion which can wreak havoc on your dog’s stomach. 
  • Pigs in Blankets – No matter how much your dog would love a pig in blanket, these little sausages are too high in fat and salt for your dog’s delicate stomach. 
  • Gravy – When it comes to gravy, it’s better to be cautious. Most gravies contain high amounts of fat, and they are often prepared using garlic and onion. If you’ve made your own gravy, a small amount may be suitable to add a delicious meaty flavour. 
  • Macadamia Nuts & Walnuts – These types of nuts are very common around this time of year however; they can be highly toxic to dogs. They can cause neurological issues and seizures. 

Whilst it’s wonderful to include your dog in the holiday festivities, it’s crucial to prioritise their health and well-being. If you’re ever unsure about whether a particular food is safe for your dog, consult with your vet before introducing it into their diet.

With a bit of planning and consideration, you can make this holiday season a joyous and delicious one for both you and your canine companion. We have a brilliant blog written by our ambassador, Anna Webb all about preparing your dog for the Festive Season, read it here.


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