Foods that are a danger to your pets over the Christmas period

We all like to indulge a little over the Christmas period. We stuff out bodies full of good food and alcohol, which usually also means our four legged friends also get to indulge through scraps and left overs. However, not everything we eat over the Christmas period is good for our pets. So what foods should we refrain from giving to our pets over the Christmas period? Christmas Pudding, Christmas Cake and Mince Pies.

There are three reasons as to why any kind of Christmas cake is bad for our animals.

  1. They are jam-packed full of dried fruits like raisins and sultanas which are a big no-no for our furry friends
  2.  They are usually full of bad fats that our pets can do without. This can cause them to have serious tummy issues (i.e. vomiting or diarrhea) and may also lead to pancreatitis
  3. Most of the time these pudding and cakes are full of alcohol which is extremely bad for animals.


You know how the saying goes ‘Mum said chocolate isn’t good for dogs, but you can have the rest of my milk’. Mum was completely right (as she usually is). Around the festive period we tend to have a lot more sweets and chocolate around. So, make sure you keep these hidden away so your furry friend doesn’t go hunting for a snack and eat all your Christmas day chocolates. 


Just like chocolate lollies are also toxic for animals. Most lollies and sugar-free sweets contain xylitol which his highly toxic for pets. If your pet has lollies it can lead to lethargy, loss of balance, permanent brain damage, liver failure and death.


This time of year we tend to cook a lot more meat, which means a lot more bones. Cooked bones can be very lethal for dogs. Once cooked all bones become brittle and splinter easily which can be very damaging for your dog or cats digestive system. So, make sure to discard of any cooked bones in your outside bin to stop those little noses sniffing them out for a midnight snack. 

Please note: Any raw poultry bones are also bad for dogs, so make sure your little friend isn’t indulging in any of these over the holiday period. 


Any meat that has gravy or a marinade can be potentially harmful to dogs, especially if it is spicy or uses chilli. So make sure if you are giving your pet scraps from your plate that the meat is free of gravy and marinades. Also, make sure the scraps are free from animal fats like skins and crackling.


Everyone’s favourite breakfast topping is actually dangerous for your dog. If you do decide to indulge with some smashed avo over the holiday period, make sure your pup isn’t indulging in any with you as it can cause diarrhea, heart congestion and vomiting in dogs.

Macadamia Nuts

Similar to our friend the avocado, macadamia nuts are also dangerous to our pets. If your pet eats a macadamia nut it can cause severe abdominal pain, the inability to walk, and increased heart rate. 

Christmas Decorations

If you have a particularly mischievous pet, they may like to get into your decorations and Christmas baubles.  So make sure your pet can’t knock off and have a chew of any Christmas decorations you may have up around your house. If they are accessible ensure they are pet friendly!


This may be an obvious one, but alcohol is dangerous and toxic for your pets. Make sure you don’t feed them food that may have traces of any type of alcoholic substances. Also, make sure that they don’t snoop into drinks into chilly bins or onto tables. Even the smallest amount of alcohol can be lethal for pets.