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Keeping Your Pet Safe this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is only a few weeks away. Is your pet ready to face the myriad of hazards that crop up this time of year? Here, your Sugar Land, TX veterinarian tells you what dangers to be on the lookout for.

Chocolate

Chocolate is found in abundance during Valentine’s Day, and as you probably know, it’s very bad for pets. Chocolate of all types—dark, milk, white, semi-sweet, Baker’s, etc.—contains varying levels of theobromine and caffeine, chemicals that are harmful to animals. If a pet ingests too much chocolate, serious health symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and worse can occur. Restrict your pet’s access to any and all chocolate treats.

Candy

Many candies and gums contain xylitol, an artificial sugar that proves very toxic to pets. It only takes a few pieces of candy or sticks of gum to result in serious health symptoms, so keep a close eye on all such treats to make sure your pet doesn’t gain access.

Flowers

Lilies are a common bouquet flower—be sure to check any holiday bouquets you receive for these flowers, because they’re very toxic to our feline friends and may even prove harmful to dogs. Roses, perhaps even more common on Valentine’s Day, aren’t toxic per say, but they’re dangerous nonetheless. Unclipped roses may have sharp thorns that can injure a pet if they were to swallow them. To be safe, don’t let your pet near any holiday flowers.

Candles

Candles and pets don’t go together very well. For one, a pet can easily swipe a tail or paw through an open flame, potentially causing burns. Even more likely is that a pet will knock a candle over, spilling hot wax and possibly even starting a fire! If you’re lighting candles to set a romantic mood, do so carefully and place them where pets can’t reach.

Alcoholic Beverages

Will your holiday celebrations include alcoholic beverages? Make sure your pet doesn’t have a chance to imbibe. It turns out that alcohol affects pets the same way it affects humans. The difference is that it only takes a small amount to do serious harm to an animal. Tightly restrict your pet’s access to liquor, wine, beer, and champagne.

Keep your Sugar Land, TX vet’s number on hand to call in the event of a problem, and feel free to ask for more tips on keeping your pet safe this Valentine’s Day.

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