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Keeping Your Pet Safe This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day will be here in just a few weeks! Keep your pet’s safety in mind when you’re celebrating with that special someone. Avoid a pet emergency this holiday with these tips from your Bend, OR vet:

Watch Out for Sweets

There’s plenty of chocolate and candy floating around this time of year. Beware of that heart-shaped box of chocolates! Chocolate of all kinds—milk, dark, semi-sweet, white, powdered chocolate, baking chocolate, etc.—contains theobromine and caffeine, stimulant chemicals that can poison pets easily. Candies are often sweetened with xylitol, an artificial sugar that is okay for humans but toxic to pets. Keep all sweet treats stored in a spot where pets won’t be able to reach them.

Beware of Bouquets

Have your received a nice bouquet of flowers this year to commemorate the romantic holiday? Make sure it’s not harmful for your pet. Lilies are a particular problem for our feline friends, and they may harm dogs as well. Ingesting even a small amount of a lily can cause serious symptoms like excessive drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, and worse. Roses aren’t exactly toxic to pets, but can be dangerous nonetheless—their sharp thorns can cause trouble if a pet chews on the stems or swallows any part of a rose. Play it safe and keep your pet’s paws away from any and all plant life!

Use Caution With Candles

Thinking of lighting a few candles this holiday to set a romantic mood? Keep your pet out of the room, and place candles where pets can’t get to them. It’s possible for a pet to swipe a tail or paw through an open flame, knocking over a candle or even starting a fire.

Careful With Alcohol

Will your Valentine’s Day celebrations include alcohol? Make sure to keep all adult beverages to yourself, because alcohol and pets don’t mix. You may be surprised to learn that alcohol affects pets exactly like it affects us—the difference is that it takes only small amounts of alcohol to result in poisoning! This goes for wine, liquor, beer, and champagne. Keep a close eye on drinks so that your pet can’t sneak a sip, and never ever give your pet alcohol on purpose.

Is your pet in need of a checkup? Want more safety tips as Valentine’s Day approaches? Contact your Bend, OR vet clinic today. We’re here to help with all of your pet-care needs!

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