Valentine’s Day is a popular excuse for many to celebrate with their loved ones, and that includes your furry little bundles of joy too! We all love to receive presents, flowers and chocolates, but these common gifts which mean a romance filled day for humans can pose a risk for our pets, so be sure to show them just how loved they are by keeping them safe from any such dangers.
For some, nothing says I love you like a beautiful hand-picked bouquet of flowers, but if you have a feline family member then choose the types included carefully to make sure it’s a pet friendly arrangement. Often used for their distinctive smell, lilies in particular are highly toxic for cats and can cause kidney failure if their pollen is ingested; what’s more, their petals easily fall off which means a greater risk of your cat coming across them. Another popular valentine’s offering which can harm your pet are roses, due to their thorny stems which can potentially be swallowed or find their way under small paws. Make sure to de-thorn any roses far away from pets to prevent any risk of injury and infection.
Heart shaped candies and various other valentines confectionary might look almost too cute to eat, but don’t think that will stop curious pets who come across any! In an attempt to reduce sugar content, more treat foods than ever contain Xylitol, an artificial sweetener that can be toxic to dogs if consumed, resulting in possible liver failure and more instant physical symptoms such as vomiting and seizures. Why not get some pleasing looking pet-friendly treats as a little gift for your furry valentine to prevent them being as tempted from tucking into yours.
Share a box of tasty chocolates with your partner, but not with your pooch! We should all know by now that human chocolate and dogs shouldn’t mix. So Valentine’s Day is another occasion where it’s important to be aware of this, and mindful not to leave any edible gifts lying around where wandering paws might find them. On the whole, the darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is to your dog due to higher cocoa content and levels of certain ingredients. It’s not as commonly known, but baking chocolate is also particularly dangerous for dogs; so if you’re planning on whipping up a homemade surprise for your loved one then be careful not to leave any out in easily accessible places. Again, getting some dog chocolate will help give you peace of mind that your pet can be enjoying a safe treat instead of trying to pinch yours!
Fancy wrapping means presents can look almost as good on the outside, with all sorts of ribbons, bows and string, which can make them extra attractive to your pets (if not more so!), and to cats in particular. Therefore, make a point to clear any wrapping away straight after opening to reduce such temptation for felines, who are renowned for their love of playing with and chewing string like objects. However, this can lead to them swallowing it which could mean ribbon getting lodged or tangled in their intestines and pose serious health risks as the ribbon acts like a draw string for the intestine causing it to scrunch up and become blocked.
So, be sensible with any gifts for your partner this Valentine’s Day, and choose appropriate ones for your furry friend to make sure they feel spoiled while staying safe and free from harm.