ASPCA Guide to a Pet-Friendly Valentine’s Day

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 2:15pm

Ready for a little romance next Monday? As you make your Valentine’s Day plans, consider giving your dog or cat the sweet gift of safety. According to ASPCA experts, Valentine's Day is one of the most poisonous days of the year for pets. Here are a few tips to ensure a loving and safe holiday—for Romeos and Rovers alike!

We all know a little ambiance goes a long way on Valentine’s Day, and a candlelit dinner is about as high on the romantic scale as you can get—but please don’t leave the room while flames are still burning. Many pets are attracted to the light and could get seriously singed.

And while nothing says I love you like a box of gourmet chocolates, let’s not forget cocoa is potentially life-threatening to our pets. Milk, dark, semi-sweet and baker’s—all kinds of chocolate—can affect your pet’s gastrointestinal, neurological, and cardiac systems. So make sure not to share that box of chocolate (with your pet at least) and more importantly, don’t leave it on a low shelf or table where Fido can find it!

Before sending your honey a gift that blooms, remember that certain flowers including lilies, daisies and baby’s breath can be potentially fatal to cats and dogs. Check out our Safe Flower Guide for a list of safe alternatives.

Finally, when choosing whom to give gifts from the heart, don’t forget your beloved companions. Just make sure to show your love with toys that are pet-safe. Check out the ASPCA Online Store for a great selection of Valentine’s pet-friendly gifts that are sure to please. And if you’re not sure what to get your human love, consider making a Gift Donation to the ASPCA—the perfect way to celebrate special people and saves lives.

For a complete list of Valentine’s Day hazards, visit the ASPCA Guide to a Pet-Friendly Valentine’s Day.