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“Naughty” And “Nice” Holiday Foods For Your Dog

This holiday season, you might be tempted to share your delicious meals with your fur family members, but some of your favorite holiday foods might be dangerous for your dog. Knowing which table scraps are safe to share with your pooch can help you avoid the stress of a trip to the emergency room.

In order to save you some time scouring the internet to find out what your dog can and can’t eat this holiday season, here are some “naughty” and “nice” cheat sheets to help you decide what you can share with your fur child.


Ham is a very fatty meat that can lead to pancreatitis.

Gravy is too fatty and salty for pooches.

Stuffing can include onions or other spices or seasonings that may be toxic for your dog.

Turkey skin is too fatty, and cooked turkey bones may splinter and become a choking hazard.

Chocolate is toxic for dogs.

Many varieties of Nuts are toxic (like walnuts and macadamia nuts), so it’s best to avoid giving them to your dog altogether.

Onions are poisonous, as mentioned above.

Fruit cake may include raisins, currants, or sultanas, all of which can be fatal.

Candy canes and other sweets made for humans can make your dog sick.

Nice (in small amounts only)

Boneless, skinless, white meat Turkey is part of your holiday meal you can feel comfortable sharing.

Cranberry sauce can be shared as long as it doesn’t have anything (like sugar) added to it.

Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, and Yams are safe when they are cooked as long as nothing (like butter, milk, salt, or marshmallows) has been added.

Carrots are safe for your dog either raw or cooked, as long as they’re plain.

Green Beans, Peas, Sprouts, and most greens are great to share, again, as long as they’re plain.

Interested in cooking something special for your dog this holiday season? Check out great recipes like Ginger Apple Turkey Biscuits, Raspberry Pomegranate Chicken Jerky, or Bacon & Cheese Mini Quiches at Doggy Dessert Chef. Also be sure to check out our Top 10 Christmas Cookie Recipes For Dogs!

Happy Holidays from iHeartDogs!

(H/T: Hillingdon & Uxbridge Times)

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Written by Jennifer Nelson
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