Valentine’s Day is a holiday full of beautiful and exotic flower arrangements, gourmet chocolates and love, love, love! Showing your dog love this Valentine’s Day could mean more than just lots of fuzzy, warm hugs and pooch smooches. You can make sure your dog has a safe holiday by recognizing that sweets, flowers and decorations can pose a danger to your pet’s health. Preparation and care will guarantee a safe and enjoyable Valentine’s Day with your dog.
Roses Are Grey, Violets are Grey
The thorns on the rose plants alone can cause your pet damage but many plants are also toxic to your dog. If you aren’t a plant expert, it’s best to assume all plants are toxic to your pet and need to be treated as such.
Chocolate, a classic Valentine’s Day treat, is especially dangerous. Ingesting chocolate can result in damage to nervous systems and urinary systems. Chocolate and cocoa contain theobromine, a chemical similar to caffeine, so, coffee and tea can cause similar problems and are found in many candies.
Balloons and Streamers and Glitter, Oh My!
Decorations can be quite tempting to your furry friend and they may ingest something other than their own food or designated treats. The best way to keep your dog from danger and your decorations in one piece is to create a “dog zone”. Everything in the dog zone should be fair game for your dog. Feel free to add a few Valentine’s Day doggie-safe toys in the zone!