5 Valentine’s Day Dangers for Pets

Valentine’s Day is approaching fast! Over the next few weeks, stores will display all sorts of romantic gifts, from chocolates to candies to flowers. These can certainly make for a beautiful evening with that one person who really lights up your world. Unfortunately, they can also be very dangerous for pets. In fact, many classic Valentine’s Day trappings are not safe for our furry friends. In this article from a Bayside, NY vet, you’ll read about some common Valentine’s Day dangers for pets.


Candies may seem innocent enough, but they often contain xylitol, which is poisonous to pets. Hard candies can also be dangerous: it’s very easy for playful pets to choke on them. Even the wrapper can be hazardous for our furry buddies! Keep that candy dish away from your pet. Offer your furball a new toy instead.


We could probably spend this entire page singing the praises of chocolate, but let’s just say that this delicious treat is very popular here. Chocolate is very toxic to dogs and cats, however, so you’ll need to make sure your furry buddy doesn’t eat any of it. Give your pet a suitable snack, like plain, cooked meat, chicken, or fish with the bones, skin, and fat removed.


A good bottle of wine can add a perfect finishing tough to a romantic dinner. Just be sure not to let your pet have any. Alcohol is very dangerous for pets! Offer your little buddy some sodium-free broth instead.


Bouquets are a beautiful and thoughtful gift. Many pets are quite curious by nature, and will try to sniff—and possibly eat—certain flowers. Lilies, for instance, are poisonous to dogs and cats. Other toxic plants include begonias and oleanders. Roses are dangerous too, though in this case it’s because of their thorns, not toxicity issues. You can find more information on safe and unsafe plants here.


Candles, potpourri burners, and fireplaces can all be very romantic. Just be sure to always put your pet’s safety first. Never give your pet access to open flames. You don’t want to risk Fluffy putting her tail too close to a candle, or Fido singing himself!

Do you have questions about your pet’s health? Is your pet due for vaccines, or an exam? Call us! As your local Bayside, NY animal clinic, we’re always happy to assist.

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