Dog owners are being warned of hidden festive hazards that could endanger their pets this Christmas.

Experts at global pet brand PetSafe have identified what they say are the nine most common household dangers to dogs around this time of the year.

Pulling crackers and party poppers and setting off fireworks make loud noises that can upset dogs.

They recommend owners have a crate, den or puppy pen where dogs can feel safe.

It's also suggested to distract them with their favourite toys, blankets, and chews.

Leftover food including chocolate, mince pies, Christmas pudding, onion gravy or alcohol can be poisonous for dogs.

Experts recommend not feeding them from the table and clearing any leftovers to prevent them from eating any harmful food.

Cooked bones, a common Christmas find, can splinter and get caught in a dog's gums.

They also pose a potential choking hazard, with pet owners being reminded to keep them out of reach.

Other potential dangers include litter from crackers and party poppers, which dogs can pick up and swallow.

Not only could these items present a choking hazard, but they could also cause internal blockages.

PetSafe also warns about Christmas tree stands.

Many real Christmas trees are preserved with pesticides and fertilisers that, if ingested through the water in the reservoir, could cause pets serious harm.

Other Christmas decor such as fairy lights, snow globes, mistletoe and holly also pose potential dangers.

Fairy lights can cause electric shocks, mouth damage and intestinal blockages if chewed.

Snow globes sometimes contain antifreeze, which is lethal to dogs, while dogs can become ill if they eat too much mistletoe and holly.

PetSafe’s Rob Steele said: "Christmas is a special time of celebrations for all the family – including our furry, four-legged members – but it’s important to be aware of the hidden hazards, in our homes, that can be dangerous to them."

"There’s lots of festive food you can treat your pet to, including skinless and boneless meat, such as turkey, lamb or salmon fillets – but without the fat or gravy.

"Carrots, peas, broccoli, parsnips, potatoes, green beans and brussels sprouts are also safe for dogs but, to avoid an upset stomach, it’s better to keep them on their usual diet."

"We also advise pet parents to have the number of your vet to hand in the event of an emergency, and to contact them immediately for advice if you think your pet has eaten, touched or inhaled something they shouldn’t have.

"Many local vet practices choose to close over the Christmas period so make sure you’re aware of your local out-of-hours emergency vet – but hopefully you won’t need it."