Valentine’s Day Hazards for Pets

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! We’re guessing that many of our furry patients will be unofficial guests at their owners’ candlelit dinners on this romantic holiday. Unfortunately, many of the traditional trappings that surround this holiday can be very dangerous to our animal companions. Read on as a local Indianapolis, IN vet lists some Valentine’s Day hazards for pets.

Candies

Many candies and baked goods contain xylitol, which is extremely toxic to pets. Your furry buddy could also choke on a plastic wrapper, or on a piece of hard candy. While not every pet will be interested in that candy dish, it’s always best to err on the side of caution. Keep those sweets away from your four-legged friend!

Chocolate

As Valentine’s Day approaches, stores will be overflowing with yummy chocolates. This delicious treat may be a little piece of heaven for us, but it can make our animal friends very sick. Never share your chocolate with your pet!

Flowers

A fresh, beautiful bouquet can brighten up any room. Many popular flowers, including lilies, are poisonous to pets. Roses, a Valentine’s Day favorite, are also dangerous, though in this case it’s the thorns that are the issue. Your furry friend could be seriously hurt if he or she tries to eat a rose! Put your flowers in a spot where your pet cannot reach them.

Candles

Nothing really sets the stage for a romantic evening like candles. Pets and candles can be a very dangerous combination, however. Don’t take the risk of your pet getting singed or starting a fire! Keep candles in thick, secure candleholders, and make sure that they are well out of paws’ reach.

Stuffed Animals

Cute stuffed teddy bears are another classic Valentine’s Day gift. If you have a dog, your canine buddy will probably spot your stuffed animal as soon as you bring it home, and will most likely want to play with it. Stuffed animals can present serious choking hazards to pets! The stuffing and squeaker can both be dangerous. Also, many stuffed animals have small pieces, like buttons, that could choke a playful pet. Keep stuffed animals away from your four-legged pal!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Please feel free to contact us, your local Indianapolis, IN animal hospital, with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health. We are dedicated to providing the best veterinary care around!

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