Pet shop warns against making dog’s dinner of Christmas

PUBLISHED: 14:09 13 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:25 13 December 2017

Joshua Howes, six, pets Simon the guinnea pig at a Pets At Home workshop. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

Joshua Howes, six, pets Simon the guinnea pig at a Pets At Home workshop. Picture: Ellie Hoskins


Pet owners in Dagenham are being taught how to make a dog’s dinner of their Christmas grub.

Mince pies, Christmas pudding and chocolate are among the festive foods which can be deadly, even fatal, to canines.

Owners hoping to treat their pet to a special dinner this Yuletide should only feed them cooked, boneless and skinless turkey and a small portion of vegetables, according to a pet supplies shop.

Pets at Home Dagenham in Merrielands Retail Park has drawn up a helpful list of ‘naughty’ and ‘nice’ treats.

They say raisins, currants and sultanas can be fatal to dogs.

Paws off the chocolate, too. The brown stuff contains chemical theobromine, which can be deadly to pooches.

“Some human foods are okay to feed to your dog, but should be strictly limited to foods from the ‘nice list’ and served in very small quantities only,” said store manager Daniel Ferguson.

Nice foods (but only in small amounts):

• Turkey – boneless, skinless white meat

• Cranberry sauce – only pure cranberry sauce with nothing else added

• Potatoes – plain, cooked mashed or boiled potatoes with nothing else added

• Carrots – raw or cooked, but only a small amount

• Peas – most green or mixed veg is fine for dogs

• Sprouts – most green or mixed veg is fine for dogs

• Parsnips – without honey or added herbs and spices

Naughty foods:

• Mince pies – raisins, currants and sultanas can be fatal to dogs

• Gravy – too fatty and salty

• Stuffing – best avoided due to inclusion of onions, herbs spices

• Turkey skin and bones – skin is too fatty for dogs and bones can easily splinter, making them a dangerous puncture or choking hazard

• Pigs in blankets – too fatty and salty

• Christmas pudding – raisins, currants and sultanas can be fatal to dogs

• Chocolate – contains Theobromine, which can be deadly to canines

• Nuts – some nuts are toxic, so best avoided all together

• Onions – poisonous to dogs

• Bread sauce – dogs find digesting lactose difficult

• Christmas cake – raisins, currants and sultanas can be fatal to dogs

• Candy canes – sugar and sweeteners are best avoided

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