Our vet, Luke, says: “It's important to be mindful of what you feed your dog during the holiday season. Many common holiday foods, like chocolate and turkey bones, can be harmful to dogs. That's why it's important to stick to specially prepared recipes and treats that are safe and healthy for your furry friend.”*
A Doggy Christmas Dinner
Avoid puppy eyes at the dinner table by giving your dog its own Christmas dinner, full of delicious and safe bites. Plate up the following for a vet-approved doggy Christmas dinner:
- Roast Turkey or beef (lean cuts of meat)
- Carrots (mashed, boiled, or raw)
- Swede (mashed)
- Brussel sprouts
Simply add ingredients to your pet’s favourite dinner bowl for a very happy dinner guest!
While your dog can’t tuck into your favourite Christmas pudding or nibble on a mince pie, they can have a sweet treat in the form of a dog-friendly banana split. Mix together the following:
- 1 banana
- 100g plain Greek Yoghurt
- 20g oats for garnish
Slice the banana lengthwise and spread with Greek yoghurt. Top with oats, and you’re good to go!
Who says a fancy holiday breakfast is reserved for those who walk on two feet? Treat your furry friend with a dog-friendly version of Eggs Royale:
- One plain rice cake
- One handful of fresh or boiled spinach
- 50g smoked salmon
- One hardboiled egg
Place your egg in your pan and add cold water. Over high heat, bring your egg to a rolling boil, remove from heat, and let your egg sit in water for 10-12 minutes before peeling. Place spinach on a plain rice cake, and top with the smoked salmon. Slice your boiled egg and set it on top of the salmon and give to your dog to enjoy.
This tasty treat is made with pureed pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and a touch of honey for a sweet and healthy desert that your dog will love:
80g sweet potatoes
2 large carrots
1 can salt-free kidney beans
Toasted coconut (optional)
Wash, peel, and roughly chop the pumpkin, sweet potatoes, carrot and apple and steam until soft. Rinse and drain the kidney beans. Place ingredients into food processor to combine. Once pureed, add mixture to your dog’s bowl and top with toasted coconut.
It’s the day after Christmas and your pup is feeling low, whip up a dog-friendly bubble and squeak and watch their mood grow!
- Mashed swede
- Boiled parsnip
- Chopped Cauliflower
- Chopped Broccoli
- Mashed Boiled potato
- Roast turkey (lean cuts)
Add peas, swede, cauliflower, broccoli, potato and roast turkey to a pan with a teaspoon of coconut oil. Work everything together in the pan and push it down so that the mixture covers the base of the pan. Let cook until the mixture begins to brown. Once cooled, cut into wedges and serve to your dog.
*Portion sizes vary per dog. Please adjust according to breed size and nutritional needs. It is important to be aware that what seems like a small portion to us can be the equivalent of a full three course meal for our dogs.