UK dog owners issued warning ahead of Christmas

Laura Hampson
·2 min read
Dog's should not be fed Christmas cake, pudding or mince pies over the festive period (Getty)
Dog's should not be fed Christmas cake, pudding or mince pies over the festive period. (Getty)

Dog owners have been issued a warning about the foods to avoid giving to their pups this Christmas.

The Dogs Trust Manchester took to Twitter to share an infographic about what foods should and should not be served to canines over the festive period.

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It said: “With less than a week to go until Christmas, here's some useful info to keep your dog safe this festive season!”

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While it’s common knowledge that chocolate isn’t good for your dog, you should also avoid giving them Christmas cake, Christmas pudding and mince pies too.

The trust advises to make sure your dog doesn’t get into your mulled wine stash either (or any alcohol for that matter).

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Pet owners should also try to avoid placing hot chocolate beverages near your pup as well.

Dogs Trust Manchester says to watch out for holly berries and mistletoe as these can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and lethargy.

The same goes for onions, garlic, leeks, shallots and chives which can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and damage to red blood cells.

The RSPCA also advises that while festive food is delicious for us, much of it can prove ‘highly toxic and dangerous’ for our beloved dogs.

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Luckily, there are plenty of safe treats you can give your dog instead this festive season.

The RSPCA says skinless, boneless white meat like turkey is okay for dogs - but to make sure it’s not covered in salt, fat or gravy.

The charity also has recipes for dog treats, including homemade honey and banana dog biscuits which could be a nice little present for your pup on Christmas Day.

You can find more of the RSPCA’s top Christmas tips by visiting

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