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Top 10 Ways to Keep Your Pets Safe Over Holidays

Top 10 Ways to Keep Your Pets Safe Over Holidays



As the holiday season approaches, our homes fill with the enticing aromas of festive feasts, evoking a sense of warmth and togetherness. However, amid the joyous celebrations, pet owners must stay vigilant about the potential dangers these feasts may pose. 

Let's review some essential holiday food warnings for pet owners, ensuring a safe and merry season for all members of the family — furry ones included.


Beware of Toxic Treats

While it's tempting to share your holiday treats with your pets over keeping them in a pet crate during dinner, many common ingredients can be harmful. Foods like chocolate, raisins, grapes, and xylitol (a sweetener in many sugar-free products) are toxic to dogs and cats. Even a small amount of any of these can lead to serious health problems.


Avoid Fatty Foods and Bones

Succulent meats and rich gravies might be the highlight of your holiday meal, but they can be dangerous for your pets. High-fat foods can bring about pancreatitis in animals, leading to severe abdominal pain and health complications. Bones, particularly from poultry, can splinter and cause obstructions or tears in the digestive tract.


Alcohol is a No-Go

Alcohol can be extremely dangerous to pets, even in small quantities. It can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, coma, or even death. Always keep your festive drinks out of reach.


Onions, Garlic and Spices

Plants from the onion family, including garlic and certain spices, can cause gastrointestinal irritation and red blood cell damage in pets, particularly cats.


Sweet Treats and Baked Goods

Your pets might drool over the sight of your holiday desserts but be warned: many baked goods contain harmful ingredients. Along with chocolate and xylitol, macadamias and some other nuts are also toxic.




The Peril of Decorative Plants

While they're not food, it's important to mention that many decorative plants used during the holidays, like poinsettias, mistletoe, and holly, are toxic when ingested by pets.


Watch Out for Leftovers and Trash

Pets can get into leftovers or trash, consume harmful foods, or choke on discarded bones or packaging. Ensure all leftovers are stored away, and trash cans are secured.


Managing the Feast Frenzy

The bustling activity and abundance of food can be overwhelming for pets. Consider using pet gates or creating a quiet space for your pet during meal times.


Immediate Action if Ingestion Occurs

If your pet consumes something harmful, immediately contact your veterinarian or a pet poison helpline. Quick action is crucial for preventing severe health issues.


A Safe and Joyous Season for All | Richell USA for Your Pet Product Needs

As we prepare for the season of giving and feasting, let's ensure the safety of our beloved pets. By remaining mindful of the foods they can and cannot consume, we can prevent emergencies and ensure that every member of the family enjoys the holiday spirit.

In the spirit of keeping our pets safe and happy, Richell USA offers a range of pet products designed to enhance the well-being and comfort of your furry friends. From pet gates to keep them secure during busy holiday feasts to comfortable pet carriers for a cozy retreat, Richell USA has everything you need to make this holiday season a joyous and safe one for your pets. 

Contact us today to explore our selection of pet products, locations we serve, and help ensure a merry, pet-friendly holiday season!



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