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Valentine’s Day Dangers for Pets

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! This winter holiday is a wonderful time to spend a quiet evening with that special someone. Many of our furry friends will be unofficial dinner guests at their owners’ romantic suppers! Valentine’s Day does bring some specific dangers for dogs and cats, however. Read on as a Wake Forest, NC vet offers tips on keeping your four-legged buddy happy, healthy, and safe on Valentine’s Day.

Flowers

Fresh flowers are certainly beautiful, and can brighten up any room. Unfortunately, many flowers are toxic to our furry pals. Lilies, for instance, are poisonous to dogs and cats. Roses are also dangerous, though not because of toxicity: the thorns can cause serious internal injuries to pets who try to eat them. Display bouquets in a high, secure spot.

Chocolate

Who doesn’t love chocolate? While Fluffy and Fido may beg you to share this treat, you should never give your pets chocolate. It’s toxic to both dogs and cats, and could make your furry buddy very sick!

Candy

Candies are also dangerous to dogs and cats. Many candies contain xylitol, which is poisonous to pets. Certain kinds of nuts are toxic to Fido and Fluffy as well. Hard candies and plastic wrappers can also be choking hazards. Keep that candy dish out of paws’ reach!

Candles

Candlelit dinners are a classic Valentine’s Day tradition. Just be careful with where you put your candles. Dogs and cats could easily knock them over or accidentally stick their tails into the flames. This can be extremely dangerous! Put candles in high, secure places, well away from your four-legged friend.

Stuffed Animals

As anyone with a dog knows, our canine buddies love playing with stuffed animals. Fido can be super cute when he’s playing with a teddy bear! Stuffed animals aren’t necessarily the safest playthings for pets, however. Many of them are decorated with small objects, like buttons, that could prove serious choking hazards. The stuffing can also be hazardous. Keep stuffed animals away from your animal companion. If you do offer your dog or cat a stuffed toy, remove buttons, eyes, and other small parts, and discard or repair it when it gets ripped.

Do you have questions about your pet’s health? Call us! As your local Wake Forest, NC pet hospital, we’re dedicated to providing our furry patients with the best veterinary care around.

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