Valentine’s Day For Pets

Valentine’s Day can be as much fun for pets as it is for humans if dangerous foods, flora and other items are kept out of paws’ reach. Each year our poison control experts see a rise in cases around February 14, many involving chocolate and lilies, a flower that’s potentially fatal to cats. So please heed our experts’ advice—don’t leave the goodies lying around on Lover’s Day.

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Make your flowers pet-safe. Many people don’t know that all species of lily are potentially fatal to cats. If you’re sending flowers to someone with a cat, make sure to nix the lilies this year! And if you receive flowers, make sure to take out any flowers or flora that could be dangerous to your own pet.

Forbidden Chocolate
Seasoned pet lovers know the potentially life-threatening dangers of chocolate, including baker’s, semi sweet, milk and dark. In darker chocolates, methylxanthines—caffeine-like stimulants that affect gastrointestinal, neurologic and cardiac function—can cause vomiting/diarrhea, hyperactivity, seizures and an abnormally elevated heart rate. The high-fat content in lighter chocolates can potentially lead to a life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas. Go ahead and indulge, but don’t leave chocolate out for chowhounds to find.

Careful with Cocktails
Spilled wine, half a glass of champagne, some leftover liquor are nothing to cry over until a curious pet laps them up. Because animals are smaller than humans, a little bit of alcohol can do a lot of harm, causing vomiting, diarrhea, lack of coordination, central nervous system depression, tremors, difficulty breathing, metabolic disturbances and even coma. Potentially fatal respiratory failure can also occur if a large enough amount is ingested.

Life Is Sweet
Other sweet treats might not be so sweet for your furry friends either. Don’t let pets near candy or gum that is sweetened with xylitol – it can cause loss of coordination and even seizures in pets! In general, keep all kinds of candy and edible gifts for human-eating only!

Every Rose Has Its Thorn
Don’t let pets near roses or other thorny stemmed flowers. Biting, stepping on or swallowing their sharp, woody spines can cause serious infection if a puncture occurs. De-thorn your roses far away from pets.

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It’s nice to set your evening a-glow with candlelight, but put out the fire when you leave the room. Pawing kittens and nosy pooches can burn themselves or cause a fire by knocking over unattended candles.

Wrap it Up
Wrapping a present for your loved one? Make sure you gather up all that tape, ribbon, bows, wrapping paper, cellophane, balloons, and anything else! If swallowed these “fun-to-chew” items can cause serious damage in your pet’s throat or digestive tracts.

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