February 11, 2016

Keeping Pets Safe on Valentine’s Day

Keeping Pets Safe on Valentine’s Day

At the ASPCA, we’re excited to spend Valentine’s Day with our loved ones—including those with four legs! By now, most pet parents have heard that chocolate treats pose dangers to dogs, but we wanted to point out a few other tips to help keep your pets happy and safe this holiday.

Fatal Flowers: While bouquets are a Valentine’s Day staple, some flowers can be perilous to pets. First, all species of lily are potentially fatal to cats. Check out our plant library to learn more about plants that are toxic to pets. 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.

Careful with Cocktails: If you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a bottle of wine or champagne, make sure your pet doesn’t try to join in. Even a small amount of alcohol can cause serious illnesses in pets, including vomiting, diarrhea, lack of coordination and other problems. Don’t leave open bottles or glasses within your pet’s reach.

Don’t Share Your Sweets: In addition to chocolate, candies and gums that are sweetened with xylitol are unsafe for pets to consume. It’s important to keep all sweet treats away from your pets.

For more safety information, check out the ASPCA’s Guide to a Pet-Friendly Valentine’s Day. We hope you have a wonderful holiday!