Christmas is a time for celebrations and spending time with your loved ones, for many of us this means that our dogs are included in the festivities too. But the festive season also brings along a hidden world of dangers for our four-legged friends, from toxic food to dangerous decorations.


Help ensure that your dog stays safe this Christmas by reading the list of hazards placed below:


Foods and Drink



  • Chocolate

  • Christmas Pudding

  • Mince Pies

  • Grapes and Dried Vine Fruits

  • Onions (including garlic, leeks, shallots & chives)

  • Alcohol

  • Macadamia Nuts

  • Cooked Bones

  • Leftovers

  • Artificial Sweeteners


Christmas Plants



  • Poinsettia

  • Holly

  • Mistletoe

  • Christmas Trees

  • Ivy


Although these plants are not highly toxic, ingestion can cause upset tummies and can be sharp which could cause problems internally.


Other potential hazards



  • Silica Gel (often found in new shoe boxes, handbags and electrical equipment)

  • Christmas Decorations

  • Wrapping paper

  • Candles

  • Potpourri

  • Cigarettes


Keep an eye on what your dog may be getting up to this Christmas, but if you are worried that your dog may have ingested something they shouldn’t have please consult your vet as soon as possible.