10 Christmas Foods Dangerous For Your Dog

Who else is ready to dig into a delicious Christmas feast? I’m drooling just thinking about it! While many people are tempted to let their dog join in on the holiday food fun, there are some dishes that you should avoid sharing with your canine companion. Read on to find out which food made the list and why. Plus, the ingredients to watch out for in your holiday recipes. 

Jazzed Up Holiday Turkey 

Do you make a turkey for your Christmas feast? While turkey itself is fine for dogs, holiday birds are another story because they’re rarely cooked and served plain. Rather, they’re typically seasoned with ingredients such as onions, garlic, and salt (which are all dangerous to dogs). You may also add some not-so-dog-friendly herbs. What about sugar? Then there are the overly fatty butter and oils. While we may prepare a delicious meal for us humans, letting your dog indulge in the holiday bird could result in an upset stomach, pancreatitis, or worse.

Rather than tossing a pooch seasoned turkey with gravy, make your dog their own delicious turkey morsels. Check out my 4-ingredient doggy meatballs recipe:

Check out this simple-to-make turkey loaf dog treat recipe:

Other Fatty Meats

Not serving turkey this Christmas? Many families make ham or prime rib instead. No matter what meat you cook up for your holiday feast, it’s important to keep your pooch away from the seasoned and overly fatty pieces. Too much fat can lead to pancreatitis in dogs.

Cooked Bones

Never give your pooch cooked chicken, turkey, or other meat bones. Many of these cooked bones are brittle, making them unsafe for your dog. Some potential dangers include:

  • Splintering of the bones
  • Cuts and/or scrapes in your dog’s mouth
  • Choking hazard
  • Intestinal blockage
  • Gastrointestinal bleeds

Be mindful of any bone hazards on the kitchen counter, table, or trash so your crafty little pooch doesn’t make his own help-yourself-buffet when you’re not looking.


Gravy may transform your holiday meat from bland to grand, but it’s definitely not something you should share with your pooch. It’s often loaded with onions, garlic, various spices, and flavorful herbs that aren’t safe for dogs. Even if you don’t spice up your gravy, though, fatty and rich sauces could give your dog diarrhea.  

Green Bean Casserole

Do you ever give your dog boiled or dehydrated green beans as a healthy snack? Sure, plain green beans are great for dogs (especially overweight canines who are looking for a little something low-calorie to nibble on). But, the green beans in holiday casseroles are usually coated in butter, cream, mushroom soup, and onions (all foods your dog should stay away from).

Raw Yeast Dough

Baking homemade bread and biscuits this holiday? Don’t leave your yeast dough on the counter unattended because it can harm your pooch in a couple of ways. When yeast dough sits in a dog’s stomach, it can expand due to the warm and moist environment. This can cause stomach upset, bloat, twisting of the stomach, or even death. Additionally, the yeast dough can ferment in the stomach, which morphs into alcohol and carbon dioxide. The alcohol can become toxic very quickly as it’s rapidly absorbed into the dogs G.I. tract.


Tis the season to be jolly! If you plan on popping a bottle of bubbly, whipping up peppermint martinis, or downing a beer, make sure to keep your drink far away from your four-legged friends. If your dog does drink alcohol, ethanol will be absorbed into his system. It’s important to understand that a dog’s metabolism can’t process ethanol like yours can. Your pooch will likely get drunk and experience symptoms such as confusion, lack of coordination, difficulty breathing, and even seizures. If your dog does lap up your booze, call your emergency vet immediately.


Like to add a little nutmeg to your Christmas eggnog or mix it into one of your holiday desserts? While it may be a delicious addition to your festive drinks/foods, it’s toxic to our canine companions.

Christmas Pudding

There are several ingredients in a traditional Christmas pudding recipe that make it a no-no for dogs. One of the main issues that immediately come to mind is raisins. While it hasn’t been identified as to what the exact toxin is that makes grapes and raisins dangerous for dogs, it is well documented that even small amounts of them can cause kidney failure and death.

Chocolate Desserts

While most people know that chocolate is toxic to dogs, you may be surprised to find out how many dogs still get their paws on the sweet stuff. Theobromine and caffeine are two compounds in chocolate that stimulate the nervous system, causing severe symptoms.

Wishing everyone a safe and Merry Christmas!