Valentine's Day…Hazardous to Your Pets' Health?

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 5:45pm

Ready for a little romance? As you make your Valentine’s Day plans, consider giving your pet the sweet gift of safety. ASPCA experts want you to know that Valentine's Day is one of the most poisonous days of the year for pets.

Watch those candles. We all know a little ambiance goes a long way, and a candlelit dinner is about as romantic 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.

Mind the chocolate. While nothing says “I love you” like a box of chocolates, let’s not forget cocoa is potentially life-threatening to our pets. Make sure you don’t share that box of candy (with your pet at least). And more importantly, don’t leave it on a low shelf or table where Fido can find it!

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

Share the love! Check out the ASPCA Online Store for a great selection of Valentine’s Day gifts that are sure to please both pets and humans!

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