3 Expert Tips for a Pet-Safe Valentine’s Day

February 8, 2024


Every day is a good day to tell those closest to you that you love them! That’s why we’re starting our Valentine’s Day festivities a little early this year. For those of you with furry, four-legged loved ones, we wanted to share three of the most common pet hazards seen around this holiday and some expert tips on how to keep your pets safe, happy and healthy.

1. Fatal Flowers:

While bouquets are a Valentine’s Day staple, some flowers can pose a threat to pets. Most notably, all species of lily are potentially fatal to cats. 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. Our ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) plant list can help you identify which plants are toxic and which are safe!

2. Careful with Cocktails:

If you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day with some alcohol, be sure only the humans are joining in! Even a small amount of alcohol can cause serious illnesses in pets, including vomiting, diarrhea and lack of coordination. Don’t leave open bottles or glasses within paw’s reach.

3. Don’t Share Your Sweets:

Most pet parents have heard that chocolate can pose a hazard to dogs, but in addition to chocolate, candies and gums that are sweetened with xylitol are unsafe, and even deadly, for pets to consume. It’s important to keep all sweet treats away from your pets.

Prevention can be the key when it comes to pet toxins, so this Valentine’s Day, be sure to be mindful of the above items and do your best to keep any potentially toxic items well out of paws’ reach!

If you suspect your pet may have ingested a toxic substance, please contact your veterinarian or call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately.