How to make a safe Christmas dinner for your pets

By Rachel Gray

Published Dec 13, 2020 at 08:00 AM

Reading time: 2 minutes

Christmas is a happy time for the entire family, including your furry friends. Naturally, you want them to have a Christmas just like yours! If your puppy has been a good boy all year, sitting nicely for his Advantage flea treatment and playing nice with the other dogs at the park, he definitely deserves a proper Christmas dinner. In this article, we will show you how you can create a safe, pet-friendly Christmas dinner for each one of your animal babies.

Christmas meal for dogs

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Dogs can be a bundle of energy at Christmas, whether that be opening presents and chasing the wrapping paper around the living room or playing with their new toys. So, why not let them join in on dinner? For the main event, you can create them their own nutritious meals. Turkey is a good option to give them—put some of the leftover white, lean meat without any bones on their plate. Steamed vegetables are healthy for them as well, just as they are for humans. Try giving them the unwanted Brussels sprouts, and the bits you can’t force the kids to eat such as carrots and parsnips. Be sure to keep the carrots and parsnips plain for easy digestion—your dog won’t appreciate a honey glaze!

If you want them to join in for dessert too, you can’t give them human chocolate, but you can get doggy chocolate they will enjoy just as much!

Christmas meal for cats

Cats are always circling our legs when we are trying to cook, so rather than tripping up over them, distract them by giving them their own dinner plate of festive food. They may like a bit of the salmon starter you might be having, and just like dogs, they can also have the lean, white turkey meat.

Greens like those pesky Brussels sprouts and peas that may get leftover are also good for them. Also, just like dogs, they can join in with dessert with their own kitty chocolate.

Christmas meal for birds

You may want to put some of the dinner leftovers out for the birds in your garden. Seeing a robin will make the day even more festive, after all! Or you may even have some birds as pets, and you want them to join you at the dinner table.

You can treat them to any of those leftover festive favourites, such as mince pies and Christmas pudding; basically, anything with fruit in, they will love! So, you can also leave out a handful of dry fruit and nuts you may have got as a present.

When clearing your plates if you end up having any leftover roast potatoes, give them to the birds too—they will love them. Of course, be careful not too put too much food out, and try to keep it elevated on a bird table, otherwise, you might attract other visitors to your garden, such as foxes!

Christmas meal for rabbits

For the smaller, furry members of the household who are vegetarian, you can share your greens, carrots, and spouts with them. For a fruit dessert, they could have a couple of grapes off the side of the cheeseboard. Your rabbit will love their own little bit of Christmas they can join in on!

When giving presents to an animal at Christmas, think of practical presents their owners can use through the year, such as a puzzle food bowl, which stops animals from eating too quickly and helps stop bloating. For dogs who like to go on long walks or are very energetic, you could get them a dog water bottle, which is specially designed to allow dogs to drink from them easier than human bottles. Christmas should be a fun time for the family, so make sure your furry babies are as safe as your human ones.

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