Valentine's Day And Your Pets: Show Them You Care With These Safety Tips


Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and it's the time of year when you show those that you love most how much you truly care for them. As you are showing your significant other your feelings, it is important that you don't neglect your feelings for your pets or your loved one's pets. Here are a few tips to ensure that pets are kept safe over the Valentine's Day holiday:

Keep Chocolate Safely Out of Reach

Chocolate is one of the most popular sweet treats to give and be given on Valentine's Day. While you may love to indulge in this delicious treat, it is important that you keep it to where your pets cannot reach it. This is because chocolate can be particularly dangerous to pets. In some instances, it can even result in their death. Chocolate has the ability to cause vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, and hyperactivity in your pets, in addition to more serious issues like tremors and seizures.  

Be Careful When Playing with Fire

If you're setting up a nice, romantic, candlelit dinner for your sweetheart, make sure that your animals are either locked up in another room or in a cage. You don't want to run the risk of them knocking over the candles and causing a fire or accidentally burning themselves. If you choose not to lock them up, then that's fine. Just make sure that you don't leave the candles unattended, so blow them out if you're going to leave the room.

To Send Flowers or Not to Send Flowers?

Flowers are very popular at Valentine's Day, but it is important that you perform due diligence when choosing a bouquet of flowers to send to a significant other with a pet. For example, lilies are a popular choice of flower during Valentine's Day. However, if cats are in the home, these should be avoided since they can cause kidney failure in cats if the flowers are ingested. While it is true that roses are not toxic to either cats or dogs, some do have thorns on them. These thorns can pose a serious hazard to your pets if not disposed of beforehand or in a proper manner at home, as your pets can bite them, step on them, or swallow them, which can cause an infection or tear up their digestive system.

The aforementioned tips will help ensure your Valentine's Day is spent celebrating with your loved one instead of at the vet with your furry friend. However, if you notice that your pet is acting funny and you're worried that something is wrong, make sure to take him or her to a veterinary hospital as soon as possible in case your pet has ingested something that he or she shouldn't have.


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