Veterinarians’ Pet Valentine’s Day Tips

Veterinarians’ Valentine Cat & Dog Safety Tips -

Our cats and dogs are at the top of our list when it comes to filling our hearts with love! This Valentine’s Day, show your cat or dog how much you love them by following these veterinarian tips for keeping them safe.

Veterinarian Valentine Tip #1:

Do Not Give Lilies or Other Toxic Flowers

Many flowers that you give to your valentine are actual poisonous to cats and dogs. ALL lilies are extremely toxic to cats and will cause fatal kidney failure.  Even the smallest nibble of any part of the lily plant is deadly to catss.

If you have cat companions, do not allow arrangements that contain any type of lilies to enter your home. Even if they are out of reach, one fallen stray leaf could kill Kitty. If you think your cat may have been exposed to any part of the lily plant, please bring them immediately to our veterinarians.

And while we’re cautioning about flowers – be sure to remove the thorns from roses. While roses are the classic symbol of Valentine’s Day, biting, chewing or stepping on thorny roses can cause injury to a cat or dog. And, there are also certain infections that can be passed by the prick of a rose thorn, too.

Veterinarian Valentine Tip #2

Keep Chocolate Away from Dogs

A heart shaped box of chocolates is the quintessential way to say “I Love You” on Valentine’s Day. But – as most of us know – that yummy chocolate is toxic to dogs. How toxic will depend upon the kind of chocolate (baker’s, semi-sweet, milk or dark), as well as whether it is mixed into cake or cookies or eaten undiluted. Typically, the darker the chocolate, the higher the toxicity.  And if it is “solid” it will be more toxic than if it was just one element baked into something else.

If you think your dog may have ingested chocolate, the best thing to do is to call poison control immediately.You can tell them the amount of chocolate the dog ate, what specific product it was, and how big your dog is – and they can evaluate the danger to your dog.

Veterinarian Valentine Tip #3

Keep Sugar-free Foods Out of Pets’ Reach 

The artificial sweetener Xylitol which is found in many types of sugar-free candies and baked goods. Xylitol is highly toxic to canines, and can cause liver failure.  Always read the ingredients in any sugar-free foods – including Valentine treats, candies and gums – and keep any products containing Xylitol out of the house.

Veterinarian Valentine Tip #4

Throw Out Ribbon and String

Everyone loves to receive a gift on Valentine’s Day. But cats and dogs alike can be tempted to eat the packaging! It’s very instinctive for cats to eat to eat ribbon, string and bows. And dogs will eat paper – or anything – if it smells like the candy or treat it contained. String, ribbon & paper can get caught in cat’s & dog’s intestines and can cause a life threatening perforation or blockage.

Veterinarian Valentine Tip #5

Blow out the candles.

A candlelight dinner is always romantic – but open flames present obvious dangers to your cats and dogs. Our veterinarians remind you to never leave your pet alone in a room with a lit candle or fire.  They can knock over candles, burning themselves and causing a fire in your home.

Happy Valentines’ Day from Our Veterinarians & Staff!

We love your cats and dogs as much as you do! Follow these tips from our Veterinarians, and ensure you and your pets enjoy Valentine’s’ Day to the fullest!

We wish all of our human and furry friends a happy, healthy and safe Valentine’s Day.

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