Christmas Dinner for your Pup! What they can and can't eat... | Toronto Dog Walking

So with all the extra food that is left over with Christmas dinner and your pup looking at you with those sad eyes so many of us give in and feed them leftovers. 

There are so many bowls of all different types of food lying around. In advance of all the food preparation it’s best to have the kitchen a dog free zone so he doesn’t eat anything he’s not suppose to or knock over any hot pans or dishes. Veterinarians experience an increased number of office calls due to digestive problems after holidays because humans invite their animals to celebrate with high fat meals. The last place we want to end up is in the emergency vet services! 

Why not prepare your pup their own Christmas dinner instead or their normal meal! Let them enjoy this holiday healthily and safely. So what can or can’t your pup eat from your delicious Christmas dinner?


  • Turkey Skin
  • Bread Dough
  • Cake Mix
  • Candy or Chocolate
  • Grapes or Raisins
  • Gravy
  • Nuts
  • Stuffing
  • Spicy Sauces
  • Turkey Fat

If you dog consumes any of the above monitor them for signs of lethargy, dehydration, general discomfort, diarrhea, loss of appetite, increase water intake or vomiting. Please contact your vet if your dog exhibits any of these symptoms. 

In addition to the above foods please also take into account the following: 

  • Cooked Bones – can splinter and puncture your dogs throat. This is a serious issue and requires immediate medical attention for removal of the bone. This is not always possible so AVOID this at all costs.
  • Turkey Carcass – when you are finished with the turkey, wrap the carcass up in a garbage bag and place it in the garbage outside where your dog will have no access to it.
  • Cooking Preparation Materials such as cling film, wrappings, tin foil, grease proof paper – make sure all are placed in the garbage as during food preparation they will have tasty food elements and your dog can easily eat these up.

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  • Turkey – Turkey is really good for your dog just avoid the skin/bones.
  • Sweet Potato
  • Carrots
  • Cranberry Sauce – a spoon or two
  • Pumpkin
  • Green Beans

A nice mash up of the above foods will provide your dog with a nice juicy enriching meal that your dog will love and be thankful for!

Have a happy Christmas with your pups! Please share your own dog friendly recipes with us!