Apart from receiving presents, one of the big highlights to enjoy Christmas is for the food, but which are the best pet Christmas treats in 2021?
Since most of us enjoy a great roast Christmas dinner with pigs in blankets, Yorkshire puddings and roast potatoes, there’s no reason why the pet in your life must miss out.
And food manufacturers are becoming ever more creative with their pet food offerings to tempt pet owners to part with their cash so they can enjoy the festivities with a four-legged friend.
Here, the Christmas.co.uk team look at some of the best festive pet food products that are available this year.
A three-bird feast for dogs
One of the most eye-catching offerings this Christmas comes from Lily’s Kitchen and their three-bird feast with all the trimmings for dogs.
This really is the Christmas dinner of the year that pooches everywhere will enjoy.
Using freshly prepared goose, duck and turkey, along with cranberries and parsnips, Lily’s Kitchen has really created an impressive feast.
So, if you’re preparing a showstopping Christmas dinner for your family and/or guests, then you can also create an impression by delivering this slap-up meal for your dogs.
The main ingredient is turkey, followed by goose and duck but there are lots of parsnips, carrots, cranberries along with apples, broccoli and various herbs and botanicals to keep your pooch healthy.
The Lily’s Kitchen three bird feast is available from a range of outlets, and also online from the pet food manufacturer.
Not to be outdone, Lily’s Kitchen also offers a turkey feast with ham and cranberries for your favourite feline.
This Christmas turkey and ham feast for cats is a festive party packed with delicious natural ingredients.
This means your cat will be able to enjoy a Christmas dinner of its own.
It’s made with freshly prepared turkey, ham and cranberries and is nutritionally complete for cats.
Again, it is available from a wide range of retailers, and the Lily’s Kitchen website.
Lily’s Kitchen is also offering, alongside their much-loved advent calendars and complete Christmas dinners, a new gift that’s perfect for dogs: The Cracking Festive Treats tin that comes in a reusable tin for woofers to enjoy all year round.
Best pet Christmas treats – a Christmas leftover sandwich
Another inspirational festive dish comes from Bella & Duke for their special pet treat this year – a Christmas leftover sandwich suitable for dogs.
It’s a turkey and cranberry limited-edition meal which means that your pooch can have something to eat alongside its owners.
This tasty canine treat is a festive wonder.
The firm’s Matt Scott said: “Christmas isn’t just a holiday for humans anymore but our pets too. We wanted to ensure pets across the country have something to enjoy on the countdown to the big day and are waking up to something special under the tree this season.”
Bella & Duke also have an advent calendar filled with turkey stars, duck snowdrops and chicken coins behind every door.
The firm is also offering a festive doggy treat in the form of turkey and venison strips that will please most pooches.
Pets at Home pet treats
When it comes to sourcing Christmas pet treats, you don’t just have to scour online for providers, some of our best-known retailers have great ranges in for the festivities.
Among them is Pets at Home with an impressive stock of Christmas stockings, pigs in blankets and a Christmas tree selection box for your furry and four-legged friends.
They also offer rawhide alternatives and offerings from some of the best-known dog food makers including Pedigree, and Lily’s Kitchen.
For those who want to really make a fuss of their pooch, there are sausage dog-shaped treats, candy cane shape treats, as well as venison and thyme dog treat sausages.
However, the Christmas.co.uk team were rather taken by the Christmas bone-shaped cookie wreath dog treats which will be eagerly enjoyed when it is opened.
Pets at Home also offer an interesting range of Christmas treats for cats including stockings and freeze-dried cheese cube treats and lickable turkey tubes.
Both cats and dogs get some great advent calendars to enjoy too.
Enjoy this promo from Pets at Home about how they will be helping animal shelters this Christmas.
Doggy yule logs
Merry woofmas! We also love the doggy yule logs from Fred and Ginger which offer a tasty treat for every pooch.
Not only dog safe but look like tempting Christmas treats, these are available in lots of outlets including The Range and Pets at Home.
The treats are made from dog-friendly carob and there’s a pack of six.
As an alternative to chocolate, these logs are a great treat for rewarding a well-behaved pooch.
They are also wheat and gluten free, and the logs can be broken into bite-sized chunks as part of a dog’s balanced diet.
Fred and Ginger also make the intriguing doggy mince pies which look very tempting.
These are a great idea if you are having a mince pie festive break and can’t deal with a pet dog using big eyes for a sample!
It’s not just about the food!
For those who are looking for Christmas treats for pets that are edible, then the team at Yappy have something for you.
That’s because they have a wide range of gifts and cards for the pet in your life.
These include personalised books and Christmas cards, along with tote bags and a personalised Santa sack.
The gifts are for cats and dogs and include mugs and cushions too.
If you’re looking for something unusual for the festivities, then the Yappy team will have something of interest.
Christmas pudding for dogs
Yes, you read that right, you can buy Christmas puddings for dogs with Ocado doing the honours.
This biscuit-laden yoghurt topped treat is a great way for dogs to enter the festive spirit.
Made by Laughing Dog Food, the treats come in boxes of six mini puddings which have been oven-baked and have a crunchy biscuit to help keep your dog’s teeth clean.
They have been topped with mouth-watering yoghurt to keep a doggy tail wagging all day.
Now your dog can meet Santa Paws
One of the best treats we’ve come across this year is the opportunity for your pooch to meet Santa Paws.
Yes, for £6.99 your furry friend can meet Santa in his grotto, enjoy a selfie and have a special treat to take away.
You can combine this with a children’s ticket, so it becomes a complete family experience.
You can select your preferred date and time and the present from Santa is suitable for a range of dog sizes.
You can even preselect your dog’s gift before arrival.
And who is offering the chance for pooches to meet Santa Paws?
It’s Dobbies Garden Centres with a range of venues dotted around the country where Santa will be ready and waiting from Boston, Aberdeen, Dundee and York – and lots of places in between.