Keep your four legged special someone in mind this Valentine’s Day
Keeping your pets safe during any holiday can sometimes be hard to do with all of the hustle and bustle going on in your life, and for this reason many holidays cause a spike in poison related instances for animals. Valentine’s day, a holiday known for flowers, chocolates and cocktails is no exception and our friends at the ASPCA have posted a Guide to a Pet-Friendly Valentines day.
As many pet parents know chocolate is toxic to pets; in darker chocolates the caffeine-like stimulants that affect gastrointestinal, neurologic and cardiac function—can cause vomiting/diarrhea, hyperactivity, seizures and an abnormally elevated heart rate.
The high-fat content in lighter chocolates can potentially lead to a life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas. After you have finished with your candies, be sure to put them away in a cabinet or pantry where your dog cannot reach them. Simply putting the lid on them or placing them on a counter still allows your dog to reach them.nd cardiac function can cause vomiting/diarrhea, hyperactivity, seizures and an abnormally elevated heart rate.
Enjoying a glass of wine or a cocktail with your Valentine is great way to spend your evening, just be sure your dog or cat does not enjoy your leftover or spilled drink. Because animals are smaller than humans, a little bit of alcohol can do a lot of harm, causing vomiting, diarrhea, lack of coordination, central nervous system depression, tremors, difficulty breathing, metabolic disturbances and even coma.
Potentially fatal respiratory failure can also occur if a large enough amount is ingested.
Giving that special someone in your life a four legged living breathing present isn’t the best idea; while everyone loves a cuddly kitten or puppy these animals come with an emotional and financial commitment for the next 10 to 20 years. By giving someone an animal as a gift, you are signing them up for pet parenthood possibly before they’ve considered the things they should before becoming a pet parent. If you and your special someone have been thinking about becoming pet parents, consider taking a romantic trip the animal rescue together to find the right pet that will fit your lifestyle.
If you believe your pet got into some valentine’s treats they shouldn’t have; don’t panic. Call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center or your local emergency animal hospital right away.
For the full list of Valentine’s day pet tips, visit ASPCA.org
Featured Photo Courtesy: Beverly & Pack
Chocolate Photo Courtesy: Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar
Wine Photo Courtesy: heatheronhertravels
Puppy Photo Courtesy: anathea
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