Keeping your dog safe at Christmas!

by Kasia Srokosz // November 2017

Keeping your dog safe at Christmas!

Christmas is the time of the year that most of us spend on celebrating and overindulging ourselves in the food department. It is the time when a lot of very exciting smells are coming out of our kitchens! It is perfectly natural that dog owners want to include their beloved pets in the family celebrations.

As responsible dog owners, we need to be mindful of the dangers that this festive time may pose to our dogs. It is our role to protect our pooches from eating certain Christmas foods or plants which can be poisonous and harmful to them. After all we all want to enjoy this time and not worry about our dogs’ health and expensive vet bills.

There are many food products that your dog should be protected from eating at Christmas are; chocolate (the darker the more toxic), alcohol, bones, grapes, raisins, sultanas, other currants, onions. All of these have the potential to seriously harm our dogs. There are other festive fancies which we may not consider a risk including certain plants such as Poinsettia, Mistletoe, Holly, Christmas tree & Ivy. Due to its sweet taste, antifreeze can be very tempting if spilled, but is really dangerous for our four legged friends!

So, to protect ourselves and keep our pooches safe we must make sure that we keep all toxic to dogs’ foods and plants from being stolen by our foody pooches! Don’t be tempted to wrap and put chocolate presents underneath your Christmas tree; your dog will be able to sniff them out in no time! And remember to keep your bins closed and stored away to keep our lovely four legged friends from being tempted to raid them.

Here is a fun and festive recipe for tasty dog treats as a fantastic alternative to also tasty but not so safe foods we mentioned above.

Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Treats



  • 2 ½ cups whole wheat

  • 2 eggs

  • ½ canned pumpkin

  • 2 tablespoon peanut butter

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350degrees (175C)

Whisk together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt and cinnamon in a bowl.  Add water as needed to help make the dough workable, but the dough should be dry and stiff. Roll the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick roll. Cut into ½ - inch pieces. You can use some funny shaped cookie cutters for some extra fun!

Bake in preheated oven until hard, about 40 minutes.

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