can dogs eat gravy

The holidays are right around the corner and you know what that means? Good food! Your dog will be happy about all of the delicious meals (and people) as well. There are some holiday foods that aren’t good for them, and not everything is obvious. For example, can dogs eat gravy? The answer may shock you!

Can Dogs Eat…


Gravy may transform your holiday meals from bland to grand, but it’s definitely not something you should share with your pup. It’s usually loaded with onions, garlic, various spices, and flavorful herbs that aren’t safe for dogs. Even if you don’t spice up your gravy, fatty and rich sauces could give your dog diarrhea. It’s best to keep this out of your dog’s diet. 

Green Bean Casserole?

Plain green beans are great for dogs, but they’re often not plain when served in a holiday feast. Green beans in casseroles are usually coated in butter, cream, mushroom soup, and onions (all foods your dog should stay away from).

Raw Yeast Dough?

Never leave your yeast dough on the counter unattended because it can harm your dog and actively expand in their stomach, causing upset pains, bloat, twisting, and even death. 

Additionally, the yeast dough can ferment in the stomach, which morphs into alcohol and carbon dioxide. The alcohol can become toxic very quickly as it’s rapidly absorbed into the dogs G.I. tract.


Do you like to add a little nutmeg to your Christmas eggnog or mix it into one of your holiday desserts? While it may be a delicious addition to your festive drinks/foods, it’s toxic to dogs and should be avoided at all costs. So before you give them a little treat, make sure all of the drinks, pies, cakes, and treats are nutmeg free. 

Christmas Pudding?

There are several ingredients in a traditional Christmas pudding recipe that make it a no-no for dogs. There are raisins, nutmeg, alcohol, and other unnecessary carbs. Raisins are a huge concern as grapes are considerably toxic to dogs. Even small amounts of them can cause kidney failure and death.

Chocolate Desserts?

Anything with chocolate is obviously a big “NO!”

Onions (& Garlic, Leeks, Shallots and Chives)?

Onions, garlic, leeks, shallots and chives all belong to the Allium species of plants and they are all toxic to pups — even if they’re cooked. Initially there can be vomiting and diarrhoea but the main effect is damage to red blood cells, resulting in anaemia. 


Dogs can get drunk, if you believe it. It’s different from the human version and it takes a considerably lower amount of alcohol to do it. Your pup can become wobbly and drowsy and in severe cases, there is a risk of low body temperature, low blood sugar and coma. Dogs may help themselves to any unattended alcohol left lying around over Christmas, so ensure it’s always out of their reach.

Macadamia Nuts?

Macadamia nuts can cause lethargy, increased body temperature, tremor, lameness and stiffness in dogs. 

Which Holiday Leftovers Can You Give Your dog?

Providing your dog is healthy and is not allergic to the following foods, these are safe to give them a titbit of at Christmas:

  • Turkey meat (no skin or bones)
  • Salmon (fillets or cooked in spring water are preferable to smoked salmon)
  • Lamb meat (no bones)
  • Scrambled egg
  • Green beans
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Parsnips
  • Carrot
  • Peas
  • Swede
  • Mash potato (best without additional butter)
  • New potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Yogurt (but check the ingredients and don’t feed if xylitol is listed as this is toxic to dogs)

Remember, giving your dog lots of new food can cause vomiting and diarrhea!

Dog Friendly Holiday Treats

If you’re like us at Doggy Brace, then you love to spoil your pup around the holidays (or everyday). We recommend making this beautiful and fun platter of dog cookies from Rover. They’re perfect to shape and decorate! 

Applesauce and Oatmeal Base Recipe for Cut-out Cookies

This is the base recipe for perfect cut-out cookies. You can  use natural food coloring to create any color cookies you like!

Recipe Author: Kiki Kane

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (you can substitute with regular flour for a whiter dough)
  • 2 cups rolled oat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350º

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or stand mixer. Add flour as necessary until the dough is no longer sticky and is ready to roll out.

For different colored dough, divide into separate bowls and add natural food coloring.

Keep dough covered to prevent drying between batches. You can rehydrate the dough with a little coconut oil as needed.

This dough can be refrigerated for up to a week, and or frozen for 3 months.