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Valentine's Day Hazards for Fido

February 1, 2022

Cupid is on the way! Valentine’s Day is a few weeks off, but we are already seeing lots of trappings popping up in stores. Did you know that many of these seasonal items are dangerous for dogs? A local Cornelius, NC vet lists some of the things that aren’t safe for Man’s Best Friend below.


Chocolate/Candies

Those sweet treats are a huge no-no. Chocolate is toxic to Fido, and can be deadly at just one ounce per pound of his body weight. Many smaller candies are also toxic, and can also be choking hazards.


Bouquets

Many bouquets contain plants that are toxic to dogs. Lilies, tulips, and daffodils are a few examples. Roses, of course, are the most popular Valentine’s Day flower. Roses aren’t toxic, but the thorns can cause serious problems if ingested. You can find a full list of safe and unsafe plants online at the ASPCA website here. However, it’s best to play it safe, and put the flowers somewhere Fido can’t reach them.


Wine/Alcohol

While not all dogs are interested in booze, some will eat or drink pretty much anything. If your four-legged friend falls into the latter category, take care not to let him get into any alcohol. Even small amounts are very dangerous for our canine pals!


Stuffed Animals

To be fair, you’ll probably have a hard time getting a stuffed animal past Fido without him noticing and honing in on it. The issue here is that many stuffed animals made for people have small parts or accessories, such as buttons, plastic eyes and noses, ribbons, and clothing. These can all present serious choking hazards! Get your furry pal his own toy, one made just for dogs.


Cards

Most cards aren’t dangerous, though they really aren’t things you want your pooch eating. However, ones that light up or make noise contain batteries. That definitely puts them on the list of things to keep out of paws’ reach!



Candles/Fire

A candlelit dinner may very well be the perfect Valentine’s Day date.Getting cozy before a fire is also quite romantic! Just make sure that your canine companion can’t reach the fire. Use a grate before fireplaces, and keep candles in thick, secure holders, preferably in high spots. Better safe than sorry!


Happy Valentine’s Day! Please feel free to contact us, your local Cornelius, NC veterinary clinic, anytime!

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