Valentine's Day is approaching, a day filled with delicious chocolate and flowers that smell beautifully. However, around the 14th of February is when vets and poison control experts see a rise in sick animals. This could be avoided altogether by simply keeping Valentine treats out of your pet's reach.
The big one that everyone has probably heard about multiple times is chocolate. Chocolate is toxic to your pets and large amounts will harm them. Four ounces of chocolate is enough to kill a 10 pound dog. Also, any treat that is sweetened with xylitol is potentially harmful. If ingested it may cause vomiting, loss of coordination, or seizures. Eat as many sweets as you'd like, but be sure to keep them out of reach of all furry friends.
Flowers can smell wonderful, and your pets might also find them enticing. Even just a nibble could cause a reaction, especially around more poisonous flowers, like lilies. If ingested your pet could suffer from an upset stomach or vomiting. Stepping on, biting, or swallowing thorny stems could also harm your animal.
Indulging in alcohol by yourself or with a loved one is another favorite holiday activity, but if your pet licks up a spill or steals a sip while you're distracted, this could cause them harm. Having smaller bodies a little alcohol goes a long way, and just as in humans it can depress their nervous systems. Depending on the amount consumed an animal’s nervous system could be depressed to the point of causing heart rate and breathing to slow down, and body temperature to drop. The pet could become unconscious. In extreme cases the kidneys and liver could be harmed, leading to death.
Nothing is more romantic than dimming the lights and lighting some candles.
Pets however, especially kittens, may be curious by the flickering flames. They may try to paw and play with the flame . Obviously getting burnt isn't fun for humans or animals, so keep those candles high up out of reach.
The point is to is to leave all of your Valentine's Day goodies and treats where only you can reach them, far away from your pets. If you want to give your animal companion a special valentine, indulge your cat with a piece of chicken, or your dog with some peanut butter. They'll enjoy the holiday with you and have just as much fun.