With nearly two thirds of owners planning to eat Christmas dinner with their pets this year, here's what is safe to share with your furry friend.

National pet charity Blue Cross has listed 12 foods you can safely share with your cat or dog this festive season.

A survey of 1,334 pet owners by Blue Cross, which has a rehoming centre in West End, Southampton, found 63 per cent said their cats and dogs will be joining their family for Christmas dinner this year, with 21 per cent cooking their pet up a special meal on the big day.

The team of staff and volunteers at Southampton rehoming centre put on a special festive meal for the homeless pets who will be spending their Christmas in the shelter.

Most Christmases volunteers make up the pets’ Christmas dinners, they make roast turkey, potatoes, carrots and peas covered in low salt gravy.

If any pets have sensitive tummies, then they might just have the roast turkey without too many extras.

This year the charity is sharing 12 foods your cat or dog can enjoy as a treat this Christmas:

  1. Turkey meat (no skin or bones)
  2. Salmon
  3. Lamb meat (no bones)
  4. Scrambled egg
  5. Green beans
  6. Brussel sprouts
  7. Parsnips
  8. Carrot
  9. Peas
  10. Swede
  11. Mash potato (best without additional butter)
  12. New or sweet potatoes

Caroline Reay, Senior Vet at Blue Cross, said: “It’s great to see that people involve their cats and dogs in their family Christmas celebrations.

“While many vegetables can be regularly fed to dogs, cats shouldn’t have them in their day to day diet because they are meat eaters, but it’s perfectly fine to feed both species the above as a treat as part of Christmas day lunch.”

However, there are a few human treats that definitely should be kept out of the way of our four-legged friends.

Owners should ensure their pets are kept well away from Christmas cake and mince pies, which contain poisonous raisins, and any alcohol as this is also toxic for pets.

Nearly 60 per cent of owners admitted their pets had eaten or drunk something they shouldn’t have in Christmases past, with 30 per cent saying their pets had eaten chocolate and 10 per cent alcohol.

A further 30 per cent admitted their pet had been ill over the Christmas period due to something they had eaten or drunk.