The following list are foods you should avoid giving your dog at Christmas dinner. Some are toxic while others will simply not be good for their digestive system, skin, or create potential allergic reactions:

  • Ham
  • Turkey Skin
  • Leftover Turkey Bones (they splinter very easily after being cooked)
  • Stuffing
  • Gravy
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Casseroles
  • Chocolate
  • Raw Dough
  • Alcohol

The following list are foods you can feed your dog at Christmas dinner with little or no issues:

  • Plain Turkey Meat
  • Raw Bones
  • Apples
  • Berries
  • Pumpkin (unprocessed)
  • Apples
  • Most Berries
  • Carrots
  • Sweet Potato (raw or unseasoned)
  • Green Beans

Even though a food like Ham may seem fine to throw to your precious Fido, the sugar & sodium levels are way too high for your dog to process. Pancreatitis can be brought on by eating such foods & even be lethal. No matter how careful we try to be as pet parents, dogs are clever. If they smell something good they will try to get it. Keep boundaries for them away from your kitchen, give them food before your food comes out to get their bellies satisfied, & confine them if needed during the big meal. It only takes a second to have an accident. Make sure your precious pup is safe & sound while you enjoy the amazing holiday meal!