Valentine’s Day With Pets

February is here, and the stores are already filling with hearts and chocolates in preparation for Cupid’s visit. While this lovers’ holiday will always be a sweet way to break up the winter months, it can also be dangerous for pets. In this article, a local Aurora, CO vet offers some advice on keeping your furry buddy safe.


Chocolate is often at the top of the list of things that are toxic to pets, and with good reason. It can be fatal to pets at just one ounce per pound of body weight!


Nothing sets the stage for a romantic evening like candles and fireplaces … and nothing can ruin a romantic evening like a house fire. Keep candles and potpourri burners out of paws’ reach, and put a solid grate in front of your fireplace.


Many people will likely be enjoying a glass of wine with their dinners on Valentine’s Day. This is fine, but do not share any with your pet. Even small amounts of alcohol can make your furry buddy very sick!

Stuffed Animals

This one isn’t too big of a concern for most cats: Fluffy usually either ignores stuffed animals, or uses them as beds. Dogs, however, often can’t resist them. This can be hazardous for several reasons. For one thing, the stuffing can be very dangerous if ingested. Small parts, like accessories or plastic eyes, can also be choking hazards, as can things like ribbons. Keep these well out of paws’ reach.


Cards may not be the biggest danger here, but it’s important to realize that some of them contain small batteries. These are definitely not something you want your pet eating!


Bouquets are another concern. Many popular plants, such as lilies, tulips, and daffodils, are toxic to pets. Of course, the rose is the unofficial emblem of Valentine’s Day. Roses aren’t toxic, but they can still be dangerous because of the thorns. The ASPCA has more information here.


Smaller sweets, like those colorful little hearts, often contain things like sugar and xylitol, which are not safe for pets. Hard candies can also be choking hazards, as can candy wrappers. Keep the candy bowl in a place your furry friend can’t reach it.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Please reach out to us, your local Aurora, CO veterinary clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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