Christmas Foods That Are Dangerous for Dogs

The holiday season brings joy and an array of delicious foods, but not all are safe for our four-legged friends. As a dog owner, it's crucial to know which Christmas treats can pose a risk to your pet. Here's a list of festive foods that are toxic to dogs:


While stuffing might be a delightful treat for us, it often contains ingredients like onions and garlic, which are harmful to dogs. These can cause gastrointestinal upset and potentially lead to more severe conditions like anaemia.

Mince Pies and Christmas Cake

Mince pies and Christmas cake are a big no-no for dogs. They usually contain raisins or currants, which are highly toxic to dogs, even in small amounts. Ingestion can lead to kidney failure, a serious health issue.


Alcohol is another holiday staple that must be kept away from dogs. It can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, difficulty breathing, and even death. So, ensure your festive spirits are out of reach of curious paws.

Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia nuts are often found in holiday treats, but they're toxic to dogs. Ingesting these nuts can lead to weakness, vomiting, tremors, and hyperthermia.


Xylitol is a common sweetener in sugar-free treats and some peanut butter. It's extremely dangerous for dogs, leading to hypoglycemia and potential liver failure.

Blue Cheese

Blue cheese contains roquefortine C, a substance that dogs can be sensitive to. Ingesting blue cheese can lead to vomiting, diarrhoea, and high temperatures.

Cooked Bones

While not toxic, cooked bones can be hazardous. They can splinter and cause choking or serious damage to your dog's digestive tract.

Raw bones are considered safer than home-cooked because they don't splinter as easily. We stock these here.

Raisins / Currants

Raisins and currants, found in many Christmas desserts, are highly toxic to dogs. They can cause kidney failure, even in small quantities.


Chocolate contains theobromine, which is toxic to dogs. Darker chocolates are more dangerous. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning include vomiting, diarrhoea, rapid breathing, and seizures.


Onions, including all forms, even powdered, can cause gastrointestinal irritation and could lead to red blood cell damage in dogs. Avoid feeding your dog dishes containing onions.

Festive Safety Tips for Pet Owners

  • Keep Harmful Foods Out of Reach: Ensure that any toxic foods are kept well away from your dog.
  • Educate Your Guests: Inform any visitors about what foods are off-limits to your pet.
  • Have a Dog-Safe Menu: Offer dog-friendly treats so they can enjoy the festivities safely.


Enjoy the holidays, but remember to keep your furry friends safe from these dangerous foods. If you suspect your dog has ingested something toxic, contact your vet immediately.

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