Survey: what's in the dog bowl on Christmas day

In a recent survey (November 2023), we reached out to 2,000 pet owners across the UK to discuss their dogs' Christmas meal plans.

The findings are sure to bring a smile to your face: 67% of dog owners are going the extra mile to prepare a Christmas dinner for their pets.

Why? The overwhelming majority (96%) want to ensure their pets are not left out of the holiday cheer. While most pets are treated to pet-specific meals, 2% of respondents shared that their pets regularly dine on human food, and another 1% choose to offer a Christmas dinner for convenience.

But dogs aren't the only ones joining the dinner table. About 16% of cat owners and 3% of small animal owners, including those with rabbits and guinea pigs, are also planning festive meals for their pets.

What's on the Pet-Friendly Menu?

Curious about what these Christmas dinners include? The survey asked pet owners about the components of their pets' holiday meals:

  • Turkey is a hit with 65% opting for it.
  • Almost all pet owners (99%) plan to include some form of festive meat.
  • Other popular choices are roast potatoes (54%), pigs in blankets (51%), sprouts (47%), cauliflower cheese (43%), and carrots (20%).

A Guide to Safe Festive Feeding:

In light of these findings, our team at Fetch Club Shop has put together a guide to help you decide what's safe for your pets to eat during the festive season:

Unsafe Foods:

  • Chocolates
  • Onion-based recipes (like gravy)
  • Garlic-infused dishes (including some stuffings)
  • Items containing grapes or raisins, such as mince pies and Christmas pudding

Safer Options:

  • Plain turkey meat (try paté for dogs)
  • Certain cooked vegetables
  • Cauliflower cheese
  • Unsalted, unseasoned nuts
  • Homemade pigs in blankets (without garlic or onions), but in moderation

A Word from Our Co-Founder:

Caroline Stronkhorst, co-founder of Fetch Club Shop, shares her thoughts on this festive trend:

"It's truly heartwarming to see so many pet owners including their furry family members in Christmas celebrations. This reflects the deep bond between pets and their owners. At Fetch Club Shop, we advocate for pet-friendly festivities but also remind everyone to prioritise their pets' health and dietary needs. Our guide is here to help you make safe choices for your pets. Let's spread love and joy this Christmas, and remember to include our beloved dogs in the fun!"

As we prepare for the festive season, it's wonderful to see the love and care pet owners are showing their pets. Christmas is a time of joy and inclusion, and including our pets in the celebrations only adds to the magic. Remember to check out our guide for a pet-safe festive feast and make this Christmas a memorable one for your dogs!

Merry Christmas from all of us at Fetch Club Shop