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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! We’re already seeing lots of hearts and chocolates popping up in stores. However, this romantic holiday can be dangerous for our furry companions. Read on as a local Jacksonville, FL vet lists some things for pet parents to be aware of as Cupid approaches.
Chocolate is one of the biggest hazards for our four-legged friends. Chocolate contains a substance called theobromine, which our furry friends cannot metabolize. Even eating small amounts of chocolate can cause symptoms, such as vomiting and diarrhea. Larger doses can cause more severe symptoms, and can even be fatal.
Hard candies are concerning for a few reasons. For one thing, both the candies and their wrappers present serious choking hazards. Plus, candies often contain xylitol, which is toxic to our furry friends. Keep the candy dish in a spot your pet can’t access.
Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to have a romantic candlelight dinner. However, it’s best to err on the side of caution with the candles. The last thing you want is for Fluffy to stick her tail into a candle, or for Fido to knock one over! Put candles in thick glass holders, and keep them in high, secure spots.
Teddy bears and other stuffed animals make very cute and sweet Valentine’s Day gifts. However, Fido has been known to appropriate these presents. Unfortunately, many stuffed animals have small pieces, like plastic eyes, that can choke playful pups. Our canine buddies also sometimes try to eat the stuffing or squeakers, which can also be dangerous. Get Fido a toy of his own, and keep that cute stuffed animal out of his reach.
Wine is also dangerous for pets. Even small amounts of alcohol can be toxic to them! Don’t leave your glass in a spot where your four-legged buddy can get to it.
Cards may not be a huge threat, but they are something to be aware of. The ones that light up or play music contain small batteries. These are definitely not something you want your furry companion eating! Keep those special cards on a high shelf or on the fridge. As the saying says, better safe than sorry!
Happy Valentine’s Day! Please reach out to us, your Jacksonville, FL vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!