You might think you are sharing the love by treating your pet to a slap-up human-style Christmas dinner but the truth is that this is the sort of love that can kill.

According to the RSPCA, pet owners who dish up a plate of Christmas dinner with all the trimmings for their cats and dogs could be inadvertently poison them.

Christmas of course has always been the season of good cheer and humans traditionally eat and drink, if not to excess, at least more than they would at other times of the year. With most pets considered part of the family, there’s a quite normal inclination to share the food with the family pet.n a survey conducted by the Brittan’s RSPCA, almost a quarter of the 867 people questioned said they would give their pets a festive treat and were unaware that many of the traditional Christmas trimmings are toxic to cats and dogs.

Last year more than a dozen dogs were admitted to RSPCA British hospitals after being treated to Christmas dinner by their owners.

Foods which cause illness in animals include grapes, raisins and sultanas, which can cause kidney failure, and chocolate, which contains theobromine and can cause fits, comas and heart failure, the charity said.

Onions can also be toxic – even the small amounts contained on pizza slices. People often give their family pet the barbeque left overs and more often than not there are onions mixed in with the meat. For some dogs this can be a fatal oversight.

The problem is that a sudden increase in fatty foods affects the animal’s pancreas and this can lead to pancreatitis. Cooked bones can also cause major problems as they’re brittle and the sharp slivers can either lodge in the throat or pierce the stomach lining.

Have a very merry Christmas but please think carefully before you feed your pets food designed for humans.  Instead give them a gift they can really enjoy – here are some great tips!

Also take some precautions to ensure your pets are as jolly as Santa during the sometimes overwhelming noise and chaos of Christmas.

What are you giving your pet for Christmas?