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It can be tempting to offer your pet your Christmas dinner leftovers but the consequences are potentially deadly. Here's what you need to know...
Did you know that some of your favourite Christmas dinner ingredients could be potentially lethal for your dog?
Everyone knows the best part of Christmas after Christmas dinner is the leftovers but even though it's tempting to offer these to your pet, it could harm them.
So before you share your turkey dinner cast offs with your furry friend, here's what you need to know.
Head of Pets at Pets At Home, Dr Maeve Moorcroft revealed to Metro the human foods that are dangerous to dogs:
Christmas foods you shouldn't give to your dogs
Mince pies - sultanas and raisins don't agree with dogs
Gravy - full of fat and salts
Candy canes - too much sugar can be harmful for animals
Bread sauce - the high levels of lactose make it difficult for pets to digest
Stuffing - the herbs, onions and spices can be harmful
Nuts - these can be toxic for animals
Onions - these are poisonous for dogs
Chocolate - can be deadly for animals
Christmas pudding and Christmas cake - full of raisins and sultanas
Pigs in blankets - high levels of fat and salt
Turkey skin and bones - the skin is fatty and the bones can splinter causing harm
Christmas foods that are OK for dogs
Turkey - but only the white meat with no bones
Potatoes - plain, mashed or boiled with no added ingredients
Carrots - raw or cooked
Parsnips - with no added ingredients
Remember, human food is human food for a reason so don't over indulge your pets on even the food that IS safe!
A better option would be to buy Christmas treats specially designed for pets and some brands even do special Christmas dinners for your pooch.
Dogs Trust have put together some recipes for some dog friendly Christmas dinners that you can make at home for your pet so they don't feel left out when the family sito down for Christmas dinner.