Dog Owner Guide | A Dog Friendly Christmas Dinner
Christmas is an exciting time for all the family, and that includes your dog too and we can all agree that every dog is on Santa’s nice list this year. You may have beautifully wrapped their presents and now you may be planning what to feed them for this joyous season.
If you want to prepare your dog a special Christmas meal, it’s important to know that there are certain foods that should be avoided as they could cause digestive problems. Below we have pulled together the foods to avoid along with putting together a special alternative ‘Christmas Dinner’ for your dog to enjoy.
Can Dogs eat Turkey?
Yes, dogs can eat turkey as long as it’s boneless and skinless. The skin is much too fatty for your dog, while the bones can cause internal damage
Can Dogs enjoy Gravy?
Unfortunately not - The gravy we enjoy is far too salty and fatty for your dog. Gravy from your Christmas dinner should be avoided as it could cause a stomach upset and digestive issues such as sickness and diarrhoea
Can Dogs Eat Stuffing
Due to the fact most stuffing contains onions, this should be avoided as they can be toxic for dogs. Stuffing also contains spices and herbs which may upset your dog’s stomach.
Can Dogs Eat Potatoes
Your dog can enjoy some boiled or mashed potatoes before any butter or seasoning is added. So remember to keep some to one side for them. Roasted Potatoes should be avoided as they are fatty and too rich.
Can Dogs Eat Vegetables
Similar advice as the potatoes, vegetables such as green beans, peas, parsnips and swede can all be fed to your dog once cooked but with no butter, fat or seasoning added.
If you would like to prepare your dog a special Christmas meal that shows just how great the festive season is with them in your life, below is our favourite recipe
Doggy Christmas Dinner
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 diced carrot
1 small diced butternut squash
½ cup frozen peas
1 lb. Low-fat ground beef or chicken depending on your dogs dietary requirements
First, cook the meat in a large frying pan. Once the meat is cooked, stir in the coconut oil. Add the carrots and diced butternut squash followed by enough water to cover the veggies. Bring to a boil then simmer for around 20 minutes. Finally, add the peas and stir.
ILLUSTRATION DRAWN BY THE TALENTED PAPER AND JEN