Pet-safe festive foods
Many of us want to involve our furry family member in Christmas celebrations – and festive meals are no exception! But do you know which foods are pet-safe and which can be dangerous? In the Christmas spirit, we’ve coded some common yuletide foods as green or red.
Green foods = safe
Unless your pet has food sensitivities/allergies, these foods are generally safe if given freshly cooked, in small quantities:
Turkey meat, particularly the white meat – and remember to remove the fatty skin.
Fish e.g. salmon.
Prawns (ensure the shell and gut are removed).
Vegetables, such as potato, pumpkin, sweet potato, carrots, peas.
Red foods = dangerous
These foods can be toxic or dangerous to pets!
Turkey stuffing – can contain onion and garlic (which are toxic to pets).
Ham – high-fat content (can trigger pancreatitis).
Smoked salmon – high salt content (can be harmful for pets with high blood pressure, heart disease, or kidney disease).
Christmas pudding or mince pies – contain sultanas/raisins (toxic).
Chocolate or cacao – contains theobromine (toxic).
Coffee beans – contain caffeine (toxic).
Foods sweetened with xylitol (toxic).
Cooked bones – often break into sharp splinters, which can cause mouth injuries, broken teeth or gut obstructions.
Dog-friendly Christmas cookies
Provided no one in the household is allergic to peanuts, consider summoning your inner Masterchef to whip up these delicious dog-friendly cookies by “The Cookie Rookie”, using your favourite Christmas-themed cookie cutters!
Preheat oven to 175°C.
Combine flour, baking powder, and egg in a large bowl.
Add peanut butter, water and honey, and mix until dough becomes firm and sticky.
On a lightly-floured surface, roll the dough to ½ inch thick.
Cut out your cookies.
Bake for 20 minutes until golden.
When cooled, bestow your delicious gifts upon your dog (one or two per day!).
2.5 cups wholewheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup natural peanut butter
1 cup water
2 tbsp honey