Valentine’s Day is coming up fast! The lover’s holiday is a fun way to break up the middle of winter, but, like other holidays, it does present certain dangers to our animal companions. A Pasadena, MD vet discusses keeping your pet safe on Valentine’s Day below.
Chocolate is one of the biggest concerns for pet owners to be aware of. It’s extremely toxic to pets. Our favorite sweet contains a substance called theobromine, which Fluffy and Fido cannot metabolize. It can even be fatal. Some types of chocolate are worse than others, with dark chocolate being the worst. However, they should all be considered unsafe.
Chocolate isn’t the only sweet treat that isn’t safe. Those little candy hearts often contain xylitol, which is toxic to pets. Plus, many candies include things like nuts or raisins, which are also unsafe. As if that weren’t enough, candies and candy wrappers all present choking hazards. (Cats, in particular, often like to play with plastic wrappers.)
Candles can definitely set the stage for a romantic evening. However, you’ll need to be careful to keep them in spots your pet can’t get to. Fluffy could accidentally stick her tail into a candle, while Fido could knock them over.
Be sure to keep bouquets in spots your pet can’t get to. Many pretty flowers aren’t safe for our animal companions. Lilies, for example, are extremely poisonous for cats. Even flowers that aren’t toxic can be dangerous if they’ve been treated with pesticides or preservatives. And Cupid’s favorite flower, the rose, has sharp thorns that can be very dangerous if swallowed.
Alcohol is never safe for pets, even in tiny amounts. Don’t share any beverages with Fluffy or Fido! You can give your furry pal some sodium-free broth as a treat.
Romantic dinners are a big part of many Valentine’s Day celebrations. If you want to make Fido a plate, stick with things that are safe for him. Plain, cooked meat, fish, or poultry is fine, so long as you remove the skin, bones, and fat.
Teddy bears are a very popular Valentine’s Day gift. Unfortunately, many have small parts, such as plastic eyes, that are choking hazards. Keep these away from Fido, or, better yet, get him his own.
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