Valentines day can be as much fun for pets as it is for humans if dangerous Foods and Flora and other items are kept out of paws’ reach.
Here are a few things to watch out for on Valentines day:
1. Pet-Safe Bouquets
Many pet owners are still unaware that all lillies are potentially fatal to cats.
When sending a floral arrangement, specify that it contain no lillies if the recipient has a cat and when receiving an arrangement, sift through and remove all dangerous Flora. If your pet is suffering from symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhoea, they may have swallowed an offending flower or plant such as: Babys Breath, Carnations, Daffodils, Tulips, Hyacinth, Chrysanthemums or Freesias. If you are worried contact your local branch of active vet care today!
2. Forbidden Chocolate
Most pet lovers know the potentially life-threatening dangers of chocolate both milk and dark. In dark chocolate, methylxanthines is a caffiene like stimulants that affect gastrointestinal, neurologic and cardiac function they can cause vomiting/diarrhoea, hyperactivity, seizures and an abnormally elevated heart rate. The high-fat content in lighter chocolates can potentially lead to a life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas. Go ahead and indulge, but keep them out of noses reach.
3.Be careful with Cocktails
Nothing says love like a Pink cocktail waiting for our loved one when they get home from work. But a spilled wine, half a glass of champagne, some leftover liquor are nothing to cry over until a curious pet laps them up. Animals are much smaller than humans, so even just a little bit of alcohol can do alot of harm, it can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, lack of coordination, central nervous system depression, tremors or difficulty breathing.
Keep your Wine glasses away from your curious pet.
4.Life Is Sweet
Keep your pet away from gum, candy and other treats that include the sweetener xylitol as this can result in a sudden drop in blood sugar known as hypoglycemia. This can cause your pet to suffer depression, loss of coordination and seizures.
5.Every Rose Has Its Thorn
Roses are a romantic present to your sweetheart on Valentines day but did you know that Biting, Stepping on or swallowing can cause damage to your pet if puncture occurs. Keep your pets away from roses or other thorny stemmed flowers. De-thorn your roses far away from pets soft paws and wandering tongues.
6.Playing with Fire
Candles will always set a romantic tone to a room, but never EVER leave your pet un-attended with Candles, just like not leaving a small child your cat or dog's curiousity may get the better of them and they may end up gettin burnt.
7. Wrap it Up
The excitement of wrapping a gift for a loved on is as exciting as un-wrapping it, your pet loves nothing more than to play with the ribbon/string from the gift or the shiney paper which is thrown on the floor. Be sure to gather up tape, ribbons, bows, wrapping paper, cellophane and balloons after you have opened your presents. If your pet swallowed, these long, stringy and “fun-to-chew” items can get lodged in your pet’s throat or digestive tract, causing her to choke, vomit or an obstruction in the gut. Be careful what your pet get their paws on!
8. They called it puppy love....
Giving a cuddley puppy or kitten may seem a fitting Valentine’s Day gift—however, returning a pet you hadn’t planned on is anything but romantic. Companion animals bring with them a lifelong commitment, and choosing a pet for someone else doesn’t always turn out right. Why not look into a donation on their behalf to the ISPCA or the local cat/dog shelter instead of an un-wanted bundle of fur being brought to the shelter.
If you have any other queries regarding your pets over Valentines then please call your local branch of Active Vetcare and speak with any of our nurses who are more than happy to help.
Happy Valentines Day Everyone!