Pets At Home has issued a food warning to dog and cat owners about the festive treats you can and cannot feed them over Christmas.

Yuletide offerings such as mince pies and chocolate can be harmful, and even poisonous, to canines.

As well as this, feeding your pet too many festive foods - which are intended for human consumption - can leave them with an upset stomach.

The pet specialist retailer has compiled a helpful list of things you can and can't feed your cat or dog throughout the month of celebrations.

Dr Maeve Moorcroft, the company's Head of Pets, said: “A pet’s diet is essential when it comes to their health and wellbeing, but with all the delicious smells and tastes of Christmas it can be tempting to treat your furry friend to some delicious festive treats. 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.

“We’d recommend treating your pets to some exciting new Christmas toys or treats instead. We even offer pet-friendly versions of festive favourites, such as mince pies and candy canes, so your dog can safely enjoy the Christmas fun too.”

Nice - 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


  • 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' (bitter alkaloid of the cacao plant), 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