It’s the most wonderful time of the year…mostly because Christmas means lots and lots of yummy food! While we hoomans can gorge ourselves on all Christmas food specialities, it’s important to remember that our furry friends cannot. To ensure that on Christmas day you do not end up at the emergency vet, acquaint yourself with the ‘Can & Cannot Eat’ list below: 


  • Pure cranberry sauce 
  • Peas
  • Mashed potato 
  • Plain carrots (raw or cooked)
  • Brussel sprouts (raw or cooked) 


  • Macadamia nuts
  • Christmas pudding
  • Alcohol 
  • Mince pies
  • Onion and garlic

If you suspect your dog has ingested any of this harmful and toxic food, please consult your nearest vet. To locate your nearest vet you can download the PatchPets app to see nearby practices. Free download of the PatchPets App is available for iOS and Android. 

If you would like to make sure you doggo can still enjoy some Christmas treats, create some of these delicious dog-friendly Christmas biscuits. 

Total Time: 55 minutes

Hands-On Time: 20 minutes

Inactive Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 12-15 minutes

Yield: 18 small treats


  • 1 cup rye flour (or substitute rice flour or all-purpose flour)
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons organic honey
  • 3½ tablespoons olive oil (or substitute organic canola oil)
  • 2 tablespoons organic dried cranberries, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds


  1. Add the flour, baking powder, applesauce, honey, and olive oil to a mixing bowl. Stir until well combined.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out to about half an inch thick. Cut treats with a cookie cutter and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  4. Firmly press a few pieces of chopped cranberries and pumpkin seeds into the top of each cookie.
  5. Bake for about 12-15 minutes, or until treats are firm to the touch.
  6. Turn off oven and open oven door. Allow cookies to cool in oven, about 20-30 minutes.
  7. Storage: cookies will keep for several days when stored in a covered airtight container in a cool, dry, shaded location. Cookies may also be frozen: separate treats with parchment paper and store in an airtight covered container.

(Recipe courtesy of Jen Elizabeth’s Journal)  

Disclaimer: Please note the information contained within this site is not brought to you by a professional, qualified, practising veterinarian. This information is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian or doctor. This website cannot see your animal – your local vet can.