Santa Paws Approved - Dog Christmas Dinner Dos & Don’ts

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The festive season is upon us, and it’s that magical time of the year when our homes are adorned with twinkling lights, cheerful carols, and the aroma of delicious meals through our kitchens. As we prepare to gather with loved ones to celebrate, there’s an important family member who shouldn’t be forgotten about – your canine companion.

Including your dog in the festivities can be a delightful experience, but it’s important to be mindful of their dietary needs. So if you’re wondering, ‘Can dogs eat Christmas dinner?’, in this guide we’ll explore the canine Christmas dos and don'ts. We’ll be sharing all the Santa Paws approved foods, ensuring that your dog has a safe, and enjoyable, festive season!


The do’s and don’ts of dog Christmas dinner

Imagine this: it’s Christmas Eve and you’re surrounded by the warmth of your family, the glow of the tree, and the tantalising scent of a festive feast. Your dog, too, eagerly anticipates a special treat. But, before you share your holiday meal with them, let’s embark on a journey of discovery, learning how to make this Christmas a memorable one for both you and your dog.

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The do’s of Christmas dinner for dogs:

Turkey time

Dogs can enjoy a small helping of plain, unseasoned turkey meat as part of their dog Christmas dinner. It’s an excellent source of lean protein. However, be sure to remove the bones and avoid any seasoning, especially garlic and onions as these can be toxic to dogs. This same also applies to other meats, such as chicken or duck.


Veggie delights

Vegetables like plain green beans, sweet potatoes, and plain pumpkin puree (without any added sugar or spices) are safe and healthy options for your dog. They can be a great addition to a Christmas dinner for dogs!


Festive dog treats

Consider treating your dog to some festive treats to add a sprinkle of joy to their holiday celebrations. 100% natural sausage treats for dogs are always appreciated during this time (and every other time of the year).


Fruit fun

Apples and cranberries, in small, unsweetened quantities, can be a tasty and safe addition to your dog’s Christmas dinner. However, remember to remove any seeds or pits.


Moderation matters

Portion control is crucial. While a small treat or two is fine, avoid overindulging your dog, as it can lead to digestive issues. Stick to their regular diet as much as possible. If your dog does end up with a sensitive tummy, try out a natural tummy settler to soothe their symptoms.

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The don’ts of dog Christmas dinner:

Say no to seasonings

Avoid using seasonings like garlic, onions, and excessive salt in your dog’s Christmas dinner. These can be harmful, and in some cases toxic to dogs.


Dangerous desserts

Stay away from chocolate, raisins, grapes, and desserts sweetened with xylitol. These can be extremely toxic to dogs and should never be on their festive menu.


Bones be gone

Don’t give your dog any cooked (or uncooked) bones, as they can splinter and cause choking or internal injuries. Make sure to dispose of any chicken, turkey, or duck bones safely.

A great alternative if you want something for your dog to chew on is yak chews! These are 100% natural and healthy ways to occupy them, as well as give them a tasty treat.


Alcohol alert

Keep alcoholic beverages out of reach of your dog. Alcohol is toxic and can lead to serious health issues.


Watch the trash

Be mindful of where you dispose of food scraps and trash. Dogs can be notorious scavengers, so make sure they can’t access the bins.


Incorporating your dog into the festive period

Now that you know all about the Santa Paws Approved Christmas dinner, let’s explore some fun ways to include your canine companion in the holiday festivities.


Deck the paws

Giving your dog a Christmas jumper, or a festive collar or bandana, is a great way to make them feel like part of the festive fun. Just ensure that their attire is comfortable and safe.

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Gifts galore

What’s a dog Christmas dinner without some doggy presents to open first? Wrap up some special doggy gifts and let your dog join in on the gift-opening excitement. Toys, treats, or even a cosy new bed can make for a delightful surprise. Nothing says I love you like a dog treat bundle! Take a look at our Christmas dog treats and reward your good boy or girl this Christmas.


Puppy playdate

If you have friends or family with dogs, consider arranging a Christmas playdate. This not only provides social interaction for your dog but also ensures they’re not alone during the celebrations.

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Festive walks

Nothing says Christmas like a Boxing Day dog walk! Take your dog for a walk to enjoy the holiday lights and decorations, or to simply enjoy the peace and quiet. It’s an excellent way to bond while soaking in the seasonal spirit.


Perfect photo ops

Capture the festive memories with your companion by taking adorable Christmas-themed photos together. Share them with friends and family to spread the joy.


A tail-wagging Christmas

As we wrap up our guide to creating a positively merry Christmas dinner for dogs, remember that the key to a successful holiday season with them is balance. With a little extra attention to their dietary needs and a sprinkle of festive flair, you can ensure that your canine companion enjoys the holiday season as much as you do.


This Christmas let’s celebrate not just with the ones we hold dear, but also those who bring unconditional love and joy into our lives – our dogs. By following these dos and don’ts, and including your dog in the festivities, you’re well on your way to creating cherished memories that will warm your heart for years to come. So, make a toast, share a treat, and give your dog the festive season that they deserve – full of tail wags, love, and happiness.


Merry Christmas to you and your dog, love team Pets Purest!


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