On Christmas Day while we’re all gorging on our dinner with family and/or friends, what will your pets be eating this festive season? My 11-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, Bobby, is spoilt beyond belief but with a liver condition from birth, we have to be careful with the foods we feed him. I’ve teamed up with More Th>n to highlight what you can and canâ€™t feed your dog from your Christmas dinner and other dangers to watch out for around the house.
With a new festive jumper and some carrot batons to line his belly, Bobby would quite happily devour anything in sight. We joke that he’s our little kitchen hoover or our sous chef because he never leaves your side if you’re in the kitchen. From a rogue tomato falling on the ground and trying to prise it out of his mouth to his attempt to steal a whole onion. He sure is one to watch when food is around. Trouble is, while this may all seem funny, some of these foods are toxic to our furry friends and with his liver condition, these can be rather deadly.
For Christmas, we usually spoil Bobby more than we usually do, its Christmas after all. He gets his own pet-friendly three course Christmas dinner. Want the run down?
Pet Friendly Starter
To start him off, Bobby enjoys a little helping of salmon. The fats in salmon are good for the immune system and its rather decadent for him. We team this up with some warm white basmati rice, easily digestible and one of his favourites.
Pet Friendly Main Course
Over the years, we’ve tried Bobby on various lean meats. For some reason he normally vomits with chicken, no matter how it is cooked but is perfectly fine with turkey. For dogs, small amounts of boneless skinless lean meat are great in moderation. No, this doesn’t mean you can feed your dog an entire breast no matter how much they give you the puppy eyes.
Pair turkey with some of your side dishes such as carrots, sprouts and (boiled) potatoes, once again all in moderation for a little bit of variety. We also sprinkle in a few of his actual doggy biscuits so the entire meal isn’t “human food”.
With main courses, you have to be careful you do not accidentally feed your pet hidden toxins within stuffing (onion and garlic are a no-no), bacon and roast potatoes due to their fat content.
Pet Friendly Dessert
While you’re lapping up your decadent desserts, Bobby enjoys a few little pieces of fruit, such as Strawberries and melon, with a spoonful of natural yoghurt (or a sneaky teaspoon of ice cream…. shhhhh). The rule with lactose with your dogs is, lower the lactose content, the less it is likely to cause any intestinal issues. Natural yoghurt is great for dogs and is one of the go-to things we always have in the fridge when Bobby is unwell. Vet recommended.
By the end, he has usually jumped up onto the sofa ready for his post-Christmas dinner nap complete with his own special little snore and wiggled out of his Christmas jumper looking like butter wouldn’t melt.
I can guarantee you after a good few hours, he’ll be back looking for some leftovers!
Discover the do’s and don’ts for your favourite little furry friends. What to feed them and foods to steer clear of in this easy infograph below.
Whatever you get up to throughout Christmas and New Year, I wish you all have a lovely time. 2017 has flown by and some what of a whirlwind for me. I cannot wait to see how 2018 unfolds for us all.