A new campaign has been launched to warn owners of the dangers of allowing their pet to sample some of their Christmas dinner.

Despite knowing that giving treats could make their dog ill, over half (56 per cent) of owners still share their Christmas goodies with their pooches.

A further 61 per cent of owners allow their dogs to sit at the table with them. The majority of people (71 per cent) fed their dogs turkey and gravy, which can cause vomiting and diarrhoea. Similarly, the fruit in mince pies can also cause illness in dogs.

As a result of allowing their dog to consume the wrong types of food, 15 per cent of people have had to take their dogs to the vets due to illness caused by poor nutrition.

Nearly half of all owners say they feed their pooches indulgent treats because they are like "family", according to the Forthglade survey, whereas one in five think that it is acceptable to feed dogs human treats at Christmas.

Similarly, 28 per cent of people give their dogs stuffing, which can also cause vomiting and diarrhea.

TV presenter Adam Henson also weighed in on the campaign, saying that the results of the survey were every worrying.

He added: "Don’t let your dogs anywhere near your indulgent foods at the Christmas table, however much they appear to love it.

“If you share food with your dog it will not only be a hazard to their health but it can cause behavioural issues, dominance, hyper-activity and obesity."

If you want to give your dog a nice treat this Christmas, why not give him some premium, natural pet foods instead?

Rather than feeding him foods that will only cause suffering later on, invest in some frozen pet food that is specially formulated as a tasty treat for your pooch.

Not only will it keep your pet out of hospital, but will also play a major role in helping him to stay healthy and energetic too!

Written by: Hannah