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Pet Safety Tips for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Is your pet prepared to face the hazards this holiday brings? Learn more below from your vet in Cameron Park, CA.

Chocolate

Chocolate and Valentine’s Day go hand-in-hand. As you probably know, chocolate and pets don’t mix well. Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine, chemicals that aren’t good for pets in the least. Never leave chocolate of any type—milk, dark, white, semi-sweet, Baker’s, powdered, etc.—out on countertops where pets may be able to swipe it down.

Candy

Many candies, as well as gum and certain baked items, are sweetened with an artificial sugar known as xylitol. Xylitol doesn’t pose a health risk for humans, but it’s very toxic to our four-legged companions. Just a few pieces of xylitol-sweetened candy can cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and worse if a pet isn’t treated promptly. Restrict your animal companion’s access to any and all candy treats.

Candles

Lighting candles to set a romantic holiday mood? Place them carefully. Pets can easily swipe a tail or paw through an open flame, or knock over candles and spill hot wax onto the floor. It’s possible that pets could even accidentally start a fire! To be safe, put candles where pets can’t reach or won’t go.

Flowers

Lilies, a popular flower in many holiday bouquets, are highly toxic to cats and may harm our canine friends as well. Check through all bouquets to make sure your pet won’t have a chance to ingest them. Also beware of roses; while not toxic per say, roses that haven’t been clipped contain sharp thorns that may be ingested by pets, potentially cutting the mouth or puncturing the intestinal lining.

Alcohol

Will you be including alcohol in your celebrations this Valentine’s Day? Make sure your pet doesn’t do the same. Alcohol affects pets the same way it affects humans, except that it only takes small amounts to cause serious health symptoms. Vomiting, diarrhea, depression, coma, and even death can occur if a pet isn’t treated. Keep all alcoholic beverages, including wine, liquor, beer, and champagne, out of your pet’s grasp. Never feed your pet alcoholic beverages on purpose, and keep a close eye on unattended drinks.

From all of us here at your Cameron Park, CA veterinarian’s office, have a safe and happy Valentine’s Day. Call the clinic today for more great advice on keeping your pet healthy and happy this holiday.

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