Christmas Dinner: Dog-friendly Side Dishes


Christmas dinner is one of the most anticipated meals of the year. We humans get excited for the main courses and delicious side dishes, but how unfair is it that we get to enjoy all the succulent flavors and only give our dog kibble? Dog food is good for them as it provides all the nutrients they need, however, your lovely pup deserves an occasional treat, especially during the holiday season when the food is such an important part of the fun. Some foods, of course, are unsafe for your doggo, so be careful and do some research before you fill their bowl with your tasty side dishes. 


Carbs are life and potatoes are the tastiest side dish in every Christmas dinner. They are easy to make, are hearty, and most of all, they are as delicious as they come. Best of all, they are completely safe for your dog! However, make sure you give potatoes to them plain to avoid upset stomach that can be caused by the spices, butter, and salt.


Carrots are good for your eyes, right? They are also good for your doggo’s eyes, stomach, and overall health. Delicious boiled or roasted carrots with a very tiny drizzle of olive oil can make a nice tasty treat for your pup’s Christmas dinner, but, as always, it is best to keep them plain – hold the spices, please!


Who doesn’t love zucchini? This vegetable is delicious, comforting, and best of all – low calorie! It can make a great holiday snack for your dog as this treat doesn't cause weight gain. Zucchini is also mild, and will not upset your dog’s stomach, a perfect Christmas side dish for your furry friend! Lightly roasted or fried, or even in soup, they are tasty either way!

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Cauliflower is one of the vegetables that gained notoriety recently as a replacement for usual carb-packed foods such as rice. Boil it, mash it, roast it and more! Give cauliflower a place at your holiday table - it's very healthy for you and your dog. Just make sure you don’t fill your pup's entire bowl with cauliflower. Instead, give your dog just a little bit to avoid bloating.

Rice With Squash

Fried rice with squash is one of the ultimate comfort foods, and your dog can enjoy it, too! This savory side dish can be a nice Christmas meal for your doggo as it provides nutrients and that hearty, comforting feeling you get from home cooked food. As always, hold the salt and spices, and roast or boil the squash before feeding it to your pup.

Steamed Veggies

Versatile steamed vegetables will surely find their place on your holiday table. They are healthy, light, and won’t cause that over-indulgent feeling like some of the other heavy dishes, so they are perfect for your pup’s Christmas feast. Veggies such as turnips, broccoli, asparagus, brussels sprouts, edamame, green beans, or peas all served in small quantities will certainly whet the appetite of your hungry pupper.