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Valentine's Day Hazards for Pets

February 1, 2021

Valentine’s Day is coming up quickly. As you prepare for this sweet holiday, don’t forget about your pet’s safety. This can be a dangerous holiday for our furry friends! Read on as a Tipp City, OH veterinarian lists some common hazards for pet owners to be aware of.


Bouquets

Bouquets are one big concern here. Many pets like to nibble on flowers. Unfortunately, quite a few of the popular ones are toxic to dogs and cats. Lilies, for instance, are deadly to kitties. Other unsafe blooms include tulips, daffodils, and azaleas. You can find more information on safe and unsafe plants at the ASPCA site here . However, it’s best to play it safe, and keep flowers out of Fido and Fluffy’s reach.


Chocolate

Chocolate is extremely dangerous to our furry friends. In fact, it can be deadly at amounts of one ounce per pound of body weight. Dogs are a bit more at risk here, just because so many of them will eat, well, everything. However, many cats will still eat unsafe foods if prompted to. 

Plain chocolate isn’t the only concern, though. Many candies include things like raisins, sugar, nuts, and xylitol, which are all unsafe in and of themselves. Plus, hard candies and candy wrappers can be choking hazards.


Booze

Whether you prefer red or white wines, keep your glass away from your furry best friend. Alcohol is extremely toxic to dogs and cats!


Candles

Candles can really set the stage for a romantic evening, but be careful. You don’t want Fido or Fluffy knocking one over! Keep them in thick holders, and put them in high spots your pet can’t reach. Wall sconces are a good bet.


Cards

Cards aren’t a huge concern, but keep in mind that the ones that play music or light up contain small batteries. That could make your four-legged friend very sick!


Stuffed Animals

Many of our canine patients love stuffed animals! This is really cute to watch, but be careful. Stuffed animals often have pieces, such as plastic eyes, that are choking hazards. Plus, some dogs will try to eat the stuffing or squeakers. Needless to say, these things really aren’t supposed to be edible.


Happy Valentine’s Day! Please do not hesitate to reach out if ever we can be of assistance. As your Tipp City, OH veterinary clinic, we are dedicated to offering top-notch care.

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