Keeping your dog safe this Christmas means keeping them away from toxic festive foods.

Here are seven Christmas foods you should never feed your dog - and some festive leftovers you can

As we plan our perfect traditional Christmas menu, we should also think about what our pets are likely to eat this festive season.

Thursday, 9th December 2021, 9:11 am
Updated Thursday, 9th December 2021, 9:11 am

Food is one of the most important parts of the Christmas celebrations for most families, but several items featuring on your plate could be harmful to pets if they get their paws on them.

Animal experts at financial website money.co.uk have researched which festive foods to keep away from your dogs, and which leftovers they can eat in moderation.

Salman Haqqi, pet insurance specialist at money.co.uk, explained: “As we enter the festive period, many of us will want to ensure our pets are able to join in on the celebrations. But it’s important to remember that they can’t eat the same foods as humans.

"Before feeding your dog anything which isn’t their regular food or treat, it’s worth doing your research on whether it will be harmful to your furry companion.

“To avoid mishaps in the home while you’re busy cooking Christmas dinner or opening presents, secure the area so your dog can’t reach surfaces and be sure to tell your family members the dangers of giving bits of their dinner away.”

So, here’s what to avoid, and what can be safely popped into the dog’s bowl as an extra treat.

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