Part of being a responsible dog owner is knowing what not to feed them. Certain foods can lead to illness, seizures and even death, so it's best to avoid sharing tidbits from your plate if you don't know for certain whether it's safe.
If 2020 is the year you welcomed a furry companion into your home for the first time, make sure you know the festive foods that spell danger for dogs.
We've teamed up with the Blue Cross to reveal the foods to keep away from your pets - and what to do if they've already eaten something.
Plus, if you're planning to deck your halls with greenery this festive season - or gift it to others - we reveal the common houseplants that could pose problems for your pup.
These all belong to the allium plant family, which is poisonous to dogs.
They can cause sickness and, more worryingly, damage to the red blood cells, which can lead to anaemia.
So definitely no stuffing for Fido!
A bowl of nuts is traditional festive snacking fare for many, but make sure you store macadamia nuts well away from prying paws.
They can cause lethargy, increased body temperature, tremor, lameness and stiffness.
Keep that Christmas chocolate tub safely stowed - chocolate contains theobromine, a chemical which is toxic to dogs and can cause agitations, tremors and problems with the heart.
The darker the chocolate the more potent the theobromine levels become, so take extra care with this. White chocolate doesn't contain enough to be toxic but will still make your dog feel sick.
Don't try to palm off unwanted pud on your pooch. Both mince pies and Christmas puddings contain grapes and dried fruits such as currants, sultanas and raisins that are highly toxic to dogs. Even small amounts can cause severe kidney failure.
Sugar alternative Xylitol is found in lots of things including sweets, baked goods and peanut butter.
Xylitol can induce the release of insulin in dogs, resulting in low blood sugar and sometimes liver damage. Always check the ingredients before letting dogs in on your festive snacks.
Some dogs can sniff out a leftover mound of cheese a mile off, so make sure you keep leftovers well out of reach.
Mould that grows in foods such as yoghurt, bread and cheese can produce toxins that cause convulsions in dogs.
It's not all bad news for pooches. There are still plenty of delicious safe foods that they can tuck into, including:
If your dog has any health issues or allergies, make sure you check with your vet that the foods above are safe for them to eat.
It's not just foods you need to be careful of. Some houseplants can also cause vomiting and stomach upsets if ingested.
So, if you're planning on gifting greenery to owners of curious pets this Christmas you might want to avoid the following festive options:
If you or a loved one with a pet has developed a love for houseplants during lockdown, it's worth being aware that plenty of popular everyday houseplants are toxic to pets. These include:
Safe houseplants for dogs
While we wouldn't recommend letting your dog eat any type of houseplant, inquisitive pups can't be watched 24 hours a day. Stay safe and opt for a non-toxic plant instead. These include:
What you need to do depends on what and how much your dog's eaten. So it's always best to get professional advice straight away.
Caroline Reay, senior vet at Blue Cross, said: 'The festive season presents a world of hidden dangers to our pets, from toxic foods to dangerous seasonal plants. Even small amounts can cause serious problems for our pets.
'So if they do eat or drink anything they shouldn't over the holidays, then do contact your vet for advice as soon as possible.'