Valentine’s Day Safety Tips for Dogs

Valentine’s Day Safety Tips for Dogs

dog10For many of us, Valentines is that one special day of the year where we can openly show our admiration and gratitude towards our loved ones. Flower and chocolate shops are stocking up on red roses and boxes filled with chocolate truffles, while restaurants are storing their shelves with the finest wines.

Although all these treats are enjoyable to us, some prove to be dangerous and sometimes even lethal to our dogs. Be cautious and educate yourselves on what to bring around your dogs.

Chocolate– Fortunately, most are aware of how dangerous chocolate is to dogs, but sometimes dogs can still find the trail to those life-threatening chocolate bars. Mild symptoms of chocolate intake can occur within 4 hours of consumption and in some cases are not noticeable for up to 12 hours. Mild symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, and hyperactivity. The longer the chocolate remains in their system, the more severe symptoms will be. Severe chocolate poisoning symptoms include restlessness, muscle twitching, panting, and increased urination. If you do not take your dog to vet immediately, your dog runs the risk of incurring muscle tremors, seizures, hyperthermia, cardiac arrest, and death.

Flowers– When choosing a floral bouquet for your love one, consider the potential threat the flowers may be to your pet(s). Take your pet to the vet as soon as any signs of stomach upset, vomiting or diarrhea arise. Also keep any flowers with thorns away from your dogs in order to prevent injuries.

Cocktails- If you plan on buying a bottle of wine and cuddling in front of the fireplace, ensure that your dog isn’t nearby. Alcohol consumption can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, central nervous system depression, tremors, and inconsistent breathing in dogs.

Gifts- Keep any harmful items such as tape, ribbons, bows, cellophane, and wrapping paper away from your dog.

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