Everyone wants their pets to feel included on Christmas Day and one-way owners might be thinking of doing this is to give them a share of their festive feast.
However, it is important to remember what is and, more importantly, is not safe for dogs to eat.
PDSA vet, Lynne James, said: “There are parts of a ‘typical’ Christmas dinner that we can share with our furry friends, and I’m sure they would very much enjoy, but there are also parts that we should keep away from our pets at all costs.”
Ms James explained the ‘dog-safe’ parts of a roast include:
- Boneless white turkey meat;
- Carrot and swede mash (make sure it doesn’t have onion in); and
- Vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, green beans, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, peas and cauliflower.
She added: “But remember, it is important to make sure the food is plain and not covered in glaze, sauce, gravy, or seasoning as this could upset your dog’s stomach.
“Other foods, such as cheese sauce, roast potatoes, bacon, and pigs in blankets aren’t dangerous but are high in fat and could easily upset your dog’s stomach, and they will likely pile on the pounds with all those extra calories.”
Ms James also shared a list of forbidden foods, which are highly dangerous to four-legged friends and can have fatal consequences:
- Currants, raisins and sultanas;
- Alcohol; and