It’s hard to resist those puppy dog eyes at Christmas - and now you don’t have to!
Tucking in to Christmas dinner is possibly one of the best parts of Christmas day. And while we all know tidbits off the table are a definite no-no when it comes to feeding your dog, you may be very relieved to know that a little of what they (and you) fancy certainly won’t do them harm when served properly. So here’s how you can let your dog enjoy their very own Christmas dinner in a guilt-free, safe and healthy way.
1 dinner-sized serving
Roasted Turkey (the same one you plan to eat of course)
Roasted Potatoes (the fluffy bit inside)
Plenty of seasonal Christmas veggies
Your dog’s usual kibble recipe
A drizzle of low-salt onion-free gravy (optional)
Preparing the perfect bowl:
Chop all of your ingredients into small or chunky pieces (depending on what your dog likes most).
Make sure the turkey is boneless and skinless; use the fluffy insides of potatoes rather than the crispy outers (sorry!) and make sure the veggies are without added butter or oil.
Green beans, peas, carrots, parsnips – and all those delicious seasonal vegetables we’re used to seeing on the Christmas table – are great for your dog, so let them enjoy!
Add your dog’s usual kibble recipe and mix everything together really well.
Consider serving slightly warm with a drizzle of low-salt, onion-free gravy for the ultimate Christmas dinner flavour.
Portion size and serving style:
You’ll need to use your best judgement and knowledge of your dog’s eating habits a little here. If they’re used to eating meaty, chunky wet food, then you could mix up the ingredients to a quantity that is representative of that, and keep the food pieces largish. For small dogs, or dogs that prefer a slightly smoother texture, chop the pieces smaller.
If your dog is used to eating dry food only, then depending how much Christmas dinner you’d like to add, consider taking a couple of handfuls of their usual kibble away. You may also want to avoid the gravy.
Important note: Tempting as it may be to go the extra mile and spoil your pet, please don’t give them pigs in blankets, bread sauce, onions (bulb vegetables), stuffing or any of those other Christmas dinner trimmings we know and love. These are all too salty or fatty and include things like garlic and artificial sweeteners – which can upset your dog’s stomach. Some even contain substances that are toxic to your pet.