How to Keep Your Pet Safe this Valentine’s Day

by | General Pet Care |

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.

Pets make the best Valentine 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 pet.

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Here are five great tips from Pet MD that will help keep your pets safe this Valentine’s Day.

  1. Death by Chocolate, literally. Most people know to keep chocolate away from pets 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 pet’s reach. Designate a closed cupboard for your confections, keeping all chocolate out of sight and reach of your pets.
  2. Not so sweet treats. Sugar-free candies and gummies often contain large amounts of xylitol, a sweetener that is toxic to pets, especially dogs. If ingested, it may cause vomiting, loss of coordination, seizures, and in severe cases, liver failure. If you suspect your pet has ingested some of these candies, call your veterinarian immediately.
  3. 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.
  4. Flowers may be a romantic gesture for some, but you need to keep them out of reach of your pets. 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.
  5. 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 pet is a long-term commitment. The Ontario SPCA does not encourage giving a pet as a surprise gift; the person who will be the pet’s primary caregiver should be aware and involved. Our standard adoption process still applies and requires adopters to take part in the ASPCA’s science-based Meet Your Match® program. This helps ensure we are sending adopters home with their best match.

With these tips, you’re all set to enjoy Valentine’s day with your furry best friend!

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