How to Keep Your Pet Safe this Valentine’s Day
It’s that time of year again where everywhere you go you can find pink and red, glitter and every kind of chocolate imaginable.
While you may be busy planning the perfect romantic Valentine’s Day for that special someone, don’t forget about the furry love of your life.
Companion animals make the best Valentines. They love unconditionally, don’t have high expectations and you don’t need to buy them chocolates or flowers. In fact, many traditional Valentine’s gifts could seriously harm your furry friend.
Here are five great tips that will help keep your furry friends safe this Valentine’s Day:
- Death by Chocolate, literally. Most people know to keep chocolate away from animals because it’s hazardous to their health. It causes abnormally high heart rhythms, among other problems. But not everyone is aware that baking chocolate is especially toxic. A dog or cat that sneaks a large chunk of baking chocolate from the counter may end up at the emergency veterinary clinic. It is crucial to keep all chocolates out of your animal’s reach. Designate a closed cupboard for your confections, keeping all chocolate out of sight and reach of your furry friends.
- Not-so-sweet treats. Sugar-free candies and gummies often contain large amounts of xylitol, a sweetener that is toxic to animals, especially dogs. If ingested, it may cause vomiting, loss of coordination, seizures, and in severe cases, liver failure. If you suspect your furry friend has ingested some of these candies, call your veterinarian immediately. Xylitol is now also known as birch sugar, so to be on the lookout for that too!
- Struck by Cupid’s Arrow. If your dog or cat should ingest large amounts of chocolate, gum, or candy, they may go into cardiac arrest. Be prepared by learning the proper methods for cardiopulmonary respiration (CPR), which can be found here.
- Flowers may be a romantic gesture for some, but you need to keep them out of reach of your companion animal. The delicious smell from your floral arrangement may be irresistible for your dog or cat, and it can only take a nibble to cause a severe reaction with certain types of flowers. Even small amounts may lead to cases of upset stomach or vomiting, particularly if the plant or flower is toxic. Be extremely careful if your floral arrangement contains lilies, because lilies are poisonous to cats and can be fatal.
- Best gift ever? Are you planning to surprise your loved one with a new puppy or kitten for Valentine’s Day? Keep in mind a companion animal is a long-term commitment. The Ontario SPCA does not encourage giving an animal as a surprise gift; the person who will be the animal’s primary caregiver should be aware and involved. With these tips, you’re all set to enjoy Valentine’s Day with your furry best friend!
Thank you for your dedication
Thank you for your dedication to helping the animals. Every animal deserves a loving home and to be treated royally. Just imagine a day without animal cruelty. What a wonderful day that would be!