We at the ASPCA can’t wait to celebrate Valentine’s Day with our loved ones—including those with fur or feathers! Whether you’re celebrating with a partner, friends, family or shamelessly indulging in self-care and enjoying some chocolates alone, we wanted to give you our top three tips to keep your pets safe and happy this holiday.
1. Fatal Flowers:
While bouquets are a Valentine’s Day staple, some flowers can pose a threat to pets. Most notably, all species of lily are potentially fatal to cats. Also, be mindful of rose stems with thorns attached—when pets bite, step on or swallow them, they can cause harm or lead to an infection. Our ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) plant list can help you identify which plants are toxic and which are safe!
2. Careful with Cocktails:
If you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day with some alcohol, be sure only the humans are joining in! Even a small amount of alcohol can cause serious illnesses in pets, including vomiting, diarrhea and lack of coordination. Don’t leave open bottles or glasses within paw’s reach.
3. Don’t Share Your Sweets:
By now, most pet parents have heard that chocolate can pose a hazard to dogs, but in addition to chocolate, candies and gums that are sweetened with xylitol are unsafe, and even deadly, for pets to consume. It’s important to keep all sweet treats away from your pets.
If you suspect your pet may have ingested a toxic substance, please contact your veterinarian or call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately.