Jayne Watts, co-founder of 1 Dog at a Time Rescue UK, provides a handy list of dangerous substances** for your canine friends to avoid over the festive season.  Why not stick it up on the fridge?

“We don’t want to be party poopers but Christmas can be a particularly dangerous time for dogs,” says Jayne.  “There’s a lot going on in the home with family and friends, fun and games, the perfect opportunity for our dogs to slink off and get into trouble.  We hope that this list will help them stay happy and healthy this Christmas.”


  • Chocolate
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Tinsel
  • Fairy lights
  • Alcohol
  • Christmas tree decorations
  • Cooked bones
  • Raisons and grapes
  • Christmas trees
  • Mistletoe and holly
  • Ivy
  • Silica gel
  • Wrapping paper
  • Candles
  • Potpourri
  • Cigarettes
  • Christmas pudding
  • Mince pies
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Leeks
  • Shallots
  • Chives
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Poinsettias


Happy Christmas from everyone at 1 Dog at a Time Rescue UK.


If you’re interested in adopting or fostering one of our Romanian dogs then please have a look at our website www.1dogatatimerescue.org  or check out our Facebook page –  1 Dog at a Time Rescue UK.

 The 1 Dog at a time promise

 Although we have seen and photographed many disturbing images of dogs in Romania, we have made a conscious decision not to show them on our website, blog and Facebook page so as not to upset anyone – particularly children.

1 Dog at a Time Rescue is a UK registered charity (number 1167007)

** 1 Dog at a Time Rescue UK assumes no liability for the content of this page. This advice is only intended as a guide.