Festive food for dogs: our Christmas menu

How to make a Christmas meal for your dog

Our dog-friendly Christmas recipes

Treat your dog to a merry meal for mutts this Christmas!

Most of us like to indulge over Christmas – and we love nothing more than giving our dogs a Christmas treat. Make sure any treats are dog-friendly though as lots of our favourite festive food could be harmful to pooches!

Our festive menu is designed with dogs in mind by our veterinary team. Take a look at our recipes:

Starter: Mistletoe & Mutt’s Egg Nog


  • 1 turkey breast (or 250g turkey)
  • 1.4 litres water
  • 140g wholemeal flour
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • Fresh parsley (optional)


  1. Boil the turkey breast and remove from water to cool down. Once you’ve removed the turkey, add your flour to the water and beat out any lumps.
  2. Add beaten eggs to the mixture and cook on a low heat until the mixture thickens.
  3. Mince the turkey in a food processor and add to the mixture.
  4. Add more water if needed, then serve.

Main course: Cranberry and Turkey Gobble Gobble Festive Stew


  • 225g potatoes
  • 225g carrots
  • 110g celery
  • 1 turkey breast (or 250g turkey)
  • 240g water
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • A sprinkling of fresh cranberries (no more than 5)


  1. Cook the turkey, and peel and dice the veggies.
  2. Boil the veggies for 3-5 minutes until they soften and add your cooked turkey.
  3. Whisk the flour into the cold turkey stock, and add into the pan with the turkey and veggies, simmering for 10 minutes and stirring occasionally.
  4. Add a sprinkling of cranberries and mix thoroughly.
  5. Remove from the heat, and wait until it has reached room temperature to serve.

Dessert: Blitzen’s Banana Biscuits


  • 2 tablespoons flax seeds
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 cups wholewheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large mashed banana
  • ⅓ cup melted coconut oil
  • ¼ cup water


  1. Add the flax seeds, oats, flour, cinnamon and salt into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the mashed bananas, coconut oil and water and stir.
  3. When the mixture is thick and can be rolled into a ball, roll it out on a wooden chopping board using a rolling pin.
  4. Use your cookie cutter to create your shapes, and pop them on a baking tray.
  5. Bake in the oven at 175 degrees for 20 minutes.
  6. Wait for them to cool before serving.


We have really enjoyed creating this fabulous festive menu for your dog, and the ingredients have been checked by our veterinary elves, so please don’t adjust the quantity.

When making these dishes, please remember they should only be a treat and that not all dogs cope well with changes to their diet so if you have any concerns please speak to your vet. 

We would love to see your dog enjoying this extra special canine Christmas menu!

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