6 Tips for Keeping Your Pet Safe this Valentine’s Day

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6 Tips for Keeping Your Pet Safe this Valentine’s Day

It’s the season of love! Dogs are the perfect Valentine’s Day companion, full of unconditional love, kisses, and cuddles, but this holiday also poses many risks for them. Make sure you’re thinking of their safety as you plan your perfect romantic holiday. Here are a few simple tips to keeping your furry family members safe this Valentine’s Day!

 

Keep a Close Eye on Chocolate

As most people know, chocolate is toxic to dogs. How dangerous it is can depend on the type of chocolate and size of your pup, but no matter what it’s important to keep them from ingesting it. If your dog gets into your box of chocolates, be sure to keep a close eye on them and contact your vet.

 

Store the Sweets

It’s not just chocolate that poses a risk to pets. Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in many types of candies and baked goods, and it’s also extremely toxic to dogs. Because of this, make sure you store all your sweets, chocolate or not, away from your pets. Keep them for you and your SO!

 

Watch the Flowers

Flowers may be one of the most romantic and classic Valentine’s Day gestures, but did you know that many common flowers can be deadly if ingested by your cats or dogs? Even a small nibble can be dangerous. Certain flowers, such as roses, also have thorns that can hurt your dog if they bite. So be sure to keep your floral arrangements out of your pet’s reach.

 

Blow out Candles

Candles are the perfect way to set a romantic ambiance, but open flames present dangers for your pets. If you’re lighting some, make sure you don’t leave them unattended or in a place where your dog could get hurt. All it takes is one tail wag for them to get burnt or knock it over, causing a fire.

 

Dump out Extra Drinks

It’s not uncommon to celebrate Valentine’s Day with some champagne or wine, but make sure you don’t leave out half-full glasses. Dogs are curious creatures, and some may even take a sip or two. Alcohol is dangerous for dogs, though and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, or other issues. So be sure to dump out any extra drinks once you’re done, and don’t give your pets any!

 

Don’t Give the Gift of Puppy Love

Many people think giving a sweet puppy is one of the best Valentine’s Day gifts, but we encourage you to wait. As great as puppy kisses are, animals should never be given as a gift unless everyone in the household has already agreed to accept all the responsibilities that come with them. These living creatures shouldn’t be surprise presents. If you’re unsure what to get your SO, stick to flowers and chocolates and not a dog.

 

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