Valentine’s Day Hazards for Pets

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. You may already be seeing seasonal trappings—like boxes of chocolates and pretty bouquets—at local stores. This sweet lovers’ holiday is a great time to make that special someone feel appreciated. However, it can be dangerous for pets, so you’ll want to take steps to keep your furry pal safe. Here, a Happy Valley, OR vet lists some common Valentine’s Day hazards for pets.


Romantic dinners are a big part of many Valentine’s Day plans. You can give your pet a special treat, but stick to safe, suitable options, like plain, cooked meat, fish, or chicken. Never give your furry pal anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; grapes, currants, or raisins; pitted fruits; xylitol; nuts; or mushrooms. Meat on the bone is also dangerous, as are raw meat, dough, and yeast. Ask your vet for more information on safe and unsafe foods.


Candles add a romantic touch to your home, but they just aren’t a safe mix with pets. Keep candles and potpourri burners well out of paws’ reach, in high, secure spots, such as sconces. You don’t want Fido knocking your candle over, or Fluffy sticking her tail in it!


Booze is another hazard for pets. Many people don’t realize how dangerous alcohol is for our furry pals. Even a little bit can make Fluffy and Fido very sick! Offer your pet some sodium-free broth if you like, but don’t let them sample your drink.


Chocolates and candies are also on the no-no list here. Many of those cute candy hearts contain xylitol, which is toxic to pets. Chocolate is also poisonous to Fluffy and Fido. Plus, hard candies and candy wrappers can pose a choking risk to playful pets.


Keep that bouquet in a spot where Fluffy and Fido can’t reach it. Many flowers are toxic to our furry companions! Thorns are also a hazard.


Those cute little teddy bears can make wonderful mementos, but you may need to hide yours from Fido. Dogs love playing with stuffed animals! (Cats usually just sleep on them.) Unfortunately, the stuffing and squeakers can be serious choking hazards for your pup. Small parts, like plastic button ‘eyes,’ can choke dogs and cats, while ribbons can entangle them.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Please contact us, your Happy Valley, OR vet clinic, anytime.

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