Tis’ the season to treat your dog to an extra special Christmas Dinner, and I’ve found four delicious offerings that will see bowls licked completely clean on December 25. After all, stealing baubles off the tree is hungry work!
Christmas dinner really is THE dinner of the year, but there’s so much that dog’s can’t eat when it comes to a human Christmas lunch, from sage and onion stuffing, to anything cooked in fats or oils – like your roasties.
As such, it’s better to play it safe and get them their own dog-friendly festive feast, and there are some incredible options on the market this year.
This year, brands are pulling out all of the stops with their festive showstoppers, including Christmas dinners with all of the trimmings. Phoebe and Frank have been sniffing out some of the best ones, worthy of taking centre stage at dinnertime this December 25.
And if like us you use wet food as a topper, there will even be some left over for Boxing Day, because there’s simply nothing better than festive leftovers in the days post-Christmas.
Or, if you’re looking for an interesting way to enrich your dog’s dinner, why not spread it on a LickiMat, or stuff it into a Kong to keep your dogs entertained whilst the family share gifts or make sure the turkey doesn’t end in disaster.
Here are four Christmas Dinners for dogs that The Scamps can’t wait to get their paws on.
Lily’s Kitchen Three Bird Feast
Age: Over 4 months
Meat content: 60%
The Lily’s Kitchen Three Bird Feast is an incredibly popular festive recipe, and like last year, it comes in a beautiful midnight blue tin. It features everything you would hope to find on a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, including turkey, goose and duck. It also offers seasonal parsnips and cranberries, carrots, broccoli, apples and minerals, as well as a range of herbs and botanicals, like rosehip and milk thistle, which are rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants.
This is the most expensive recipe on this list – having gone up 50p since last year – but Phoebe and Frank have had it every Christmas and always enjoy it as a topper on their kibble on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
You can also get a case of six for £19.10, making each tin just £3.18.
Pooch and Mutt Naughty Dog Christmas Dinner
Price: £21.99 for pack of 12 (£1.83 a pack)
Age: Over three months
Meat content: 63%
The Pooch and Mutt Naughty Dog Christmas dinner has had a gorgeous green and gold revamp for the festive season, and while their pack of 12 is now sold out, you can find it inside the Pooch and Mutt Christmas gift box, featuring two cartons and two bags of festive meaty treats.
The grain-free wet food includes both chicken and turkey with a medley of fruit and vegetables like potato, carrot, broccoli, apple and blueberry, with added probiotics to aid digestion. Pooch and Mutt recently updated their wet food recipes to feature locally sourced fresh meat from British farms in a bid to reduce their carbon footprint, gently steam cooking to retain goodness.
The hypoallergenic food contains no added artificial flavours, colours, preservatives, with no grain, cereal, gluten, beef, soy, diary and non-GM produce, and comes in a Tetra carton which can then be recycled.
Forthglade Christmas Dinner Turkey with Cranberry and Parsnip natural wet dog food
Price: £12.53 for seven trays (£1.79 a tray)
Age: Over one year
Meat content: 75%
As always with Forthglade, this festive recipe is completely free from junk, fillers and artificial flavours, colours and preservatives, ideal for dogs with sensitive tummies.
This recipe has the highest meat content, with 75 per cent turkey, and is the best value for money gram for gram. However, it’s the only one of these recipes not recommended for younger puppies, suitable for dogs over 12 months old.
The festive food offering also contains tasty cranberry and parsnip, as well as herbs and prebiotics for good gut health, which – like Pooch and Mutt – have been gently steamed to retain maximum goodness.
We find these trays store really well in the fridge, which is really important at Christmas when getting something from the fridge is like a game of Tetris. They fit in any small gap, and keep well in the fridge for two to three days once opened.
Symply Christmas Dinner
Age: Over one year
Meat content: 72%
Phoebe and Frank trialled Symply’s dry food earlier this year, and now, the brand has launched a limited edition wet food that’s sure to be a sell out. The 395g pack comes in at £2.99, and is available currently with free next day delivery from Sunday to Thursday.
The team’s expert chefs have slow cooked this festive feast complete with grain free cuts of duck and turkey, perfect for all the very good boys and girls this Christmas. The recipe is complete with all the trimmings, including sweet potato, peas, carrots and salmon oil. Symply add salmon oil to all of their wet food recipes as it’s naturally high in omega 3 and DHA, believed to assist in healthy brain and visual development.
The dinner has been made using ingredients that are easy to digest plus prebiotics for healthy digestion, and is free from artificial colours, preservatives and flavours, as well as being dairy and soya free.