How to Keep Pets Safe on Valentine’s Day

How to Keep Pets Safe on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it. Spending the holiday with that special someone? Remember to keep your pet’s safety in mind! Keep the romance in Valentine’s Day and avoid a pet emergency with these tips from a Kilgore, TX veterinarian.

Beware of Sweets

There’s probably a lot of chocolate and candy floating around your home this time of year. Beware of that heart-shaped box of chocolates! Chocolate of all types—milk, dark, semi-sweet, white, powdered chocolate, baking chocolate, etc.—contains theobromine and caffeine, chemicals that can harm pets easily. Candies are often sweetened with xylitol, an artificial sugar that has toxic properties for pets. Keep all sweet treats safely stored away where pets won’t be able to reach them.

Candle Caution

Lighting candles this holiday to set a romantic mood? Keep your pet out of the room, and place candles cautiously where pets can’t get to them. It’s possible for a pet to swipe a tail or paw through an open flame, potentially knocking over a candle or even starting a fire.

Poisonous Plants and Flowers

If you’ve received a bouquet of flowers this year from your significant other, take some time to check that you’re not introducing a harmful plant variety into your home. Lilies are a particular problem for our feline friends, although they may harm dogs as well—ingesting even a small amount of a lily can lead to drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, and worse. Roses aren’t toxic per say, but their sharp thorns can cause trouble if a pet chews on the stems or swallows any part of a rose. To be safe, keep your pet’s prying paws away from any and all plant life!

Alcohol Awareness

Will your Valentine’s Day celebrations include alcoholic beverages? It’s important to keep all adult beverages to yourself, because alcohol and pets don’t mix well. You may be surprised to learn that alcohol affects pets exactly like it affects us; the difference is that it only takes a small amount of alcohol to result in poisoning! This goes for wine, liquor, beer, and champagne. Keep a close eye on unattended drinks so that your pet can’t sneak a sip, and never give your pet alcohol on purpose.

Does your animal companion need a veterinary checkup? We’re here to help with all of your most important pet-care needs. Schedule your pet’s next appointment with your Kilgore, TX veterinary clinic.

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