Choosing Your Pet To Eat A Traditional Christmas Lunch – For Millions Of New Pet Owners

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A Pet’s Traditional Christmas Lunch

Written For Millions Of New Pet Owners

2020 has seen an enormous rise in new pet owners across the UK, where Covid-19 has re-shaped many peoples lives at work and home, reported by numerous articles including the Financial Times with similar reported globally. Some reports suggest more than a million more pets now reside in the UK with thousands being bought during lockdown.

It may be pets first Christmas with their new pet owner who has planned to serve up a traditional Christmas lunch so both can enjoy the festivities together.


Pet owners love their pets to join in celebrations but inadvertently may be giving them the wrong foods that lead to necessary emergency visits to the vet.

Vets report seeing up to an additional 30% of pet owners during the month of December where most pet A&E accidents are Christmas related, many of those due to serving up our Christmas festivity rich traditional human food and alcohol in abundance to our pets.

What’s Our Traditional Christmas Lunch?

A traditional human UK Christmas lunch can vary, British Study Centre provides a list of the most popular 10 foods. Most households enjoy roast turkey served with brussels sprouts, roast potatoes, parsnips, red cabbage, carrots, ‘pigs in blankets’, redcurrant, jelly, cranberry sauce, a selection of seasoned stuffings and gravy. Variations to this include ham, roast beef and sometimes a salmon fish starter. Some families also enjoy a Yorkshire pudding served with their main course.

Dessert is usually a traditional Christmas pudding made from dried fruits likely to have been soaked in brandy or other liqueur, cream, brandy sauce, or ice cream, topped with more dried fruit when finishing the meal with mince pies and there’s plenty of alcohol to match the courses being eaten .

The Good Foods That Pets Can Eat At Christmas

There are some roasted MEATS and cooked FISH which are fine for cats and dogs to eat in moderation as a treat without bones, butter, fat, sauces and seasonings having been added.

  • Turkey – Skinless and boneless
  • Lamb beef and pork – with all the fat trimmed off
  • Fresh cooked Salmon (preferably not smoked salmon)

VEGETABLES that can be eaten as a small treat by healthy dogs, those not on special diets or have allergies include

  • Green beans
  • Carrots
  • Swedes
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • New Potatoes
  • Mash Potatoes (no butter)
  • Peas
  • Swede

Cats are carnivores, they eat meat to survive. A small amount of lean turkey, ham (in very small pieces) or beef can be eaten which hasn’t been seasoned, or served with any sauces. No vegetables or desserts.

Rabbits are herbivores and do not eat meat, only selected raw vegetables served as a treat alongside their stable quality hay and shop-bought prepared and nutritionally balanced pellet diet should be eaten. They could be given the smallest amount of raw broccoli, brussels sprouts, red cabbage, for example. Carrots are high in sugar content but a smallest amount as a treat can be given and definitely no Christmas pudding or mince pies.

Alcohol is always on the list of definite ‘no’s.’ Just don’t try giving your pet toxic drinks, provide lots of fresh water for them throughout the day.


Are There Ready-Made Christmas Meals For Pets?

Yes. You’ll find many of the UK pet food manufacturers, big and small, produce special Christmas meals for pets. Whether you buy from your local supermarket or directly online, most will be offering balanced Christmas pet meals.

New owners may like to read-up about their pets with Perfect-Pets handy new range of affordable cat and dog books – and can make great presents too.

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