8 Foods to Avoid Giving Your Dog This Holiday Season

We know two things the holiday season guarantees, a lot of delicious treats and leftovers! While it may be tempting to let your pet overindulge in your favorite holiday recipes, there are many foods that could upset your pet's tummies or be harmful to them.

We put together a list of the top 8 foods you should avoid giving your dog this holiday season.

Top 8 Foods to Avoid:


Chocolate contains theobromine which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, irregular heartbeats, and in severe cases, seizures and death. Dark cooking chocolate contains high levels of theobromine so take extra care when baking or gift-giving this season to keep your pets safe.

Bones (cooked or not)

Ham and poultry bones (or any bone) can become stuck in the throat or even pierce your dog’s intestinal tract. Don’t give your pet cooked bones of any type and keep a close eye on plates of food so your pets don’t help themselves!

Onions & Garlic

Both onions and garlic are poisonous to dogs. It is best to avoid these foods at all times, including over the holidays.


Very high levels of nutmeg can result in severe hallucinations, elevated heart rates, and skin flushing.

Grapes and Raisins

Grapes and raisins are both toxic to dogs and can lead to kidney failure. Both ingredients are commonly found in many popular holiday dishes.


Stuffing contains onions and garlic which can destroy red blood cells, causing life-threatening anemia.


The avocado is not what is toxic to dogs, the pit inside poses a big risk of causing obstruction in the stomach or intestines if swallowed.


While it’s very tasty, gravy is too salty and fatty for your dog and may contribute to pancreatitis.

If you suspect that your dog has consumed any of the above foods or something else that they shouldn’t have, contact your local vet or closest emergency vet for advice.

Instead of giving your dog holiday treats from your table, head over to any of our DOGPerfect locations for a large variety of safe, tasty, alternative treats that your pup can enjoy with you this holiday season!

We have a variety of bakery treats from Bosco and Roxy's along with many other yummy and healthy treats!


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