This Valentine's Day, Keep Your Pets Safe
Did you know that it's estimated that out of the $18.9 billion spent on Valentine's Day in 2015, consumers spent $703 million on their pets?
And did you know that projections for this year's spending are even higher?
There are many ways to show your pets some special love on Valentine's Day. Here's a few for you to consider:
- Take them to the Vet. Make sure they're up-to-date on vaccinations. Or schedule a teeth cleaning.
- Reward them with a new toy
- Make a donation to a shelter in their name
- Clean or upgrade their bedding
- Go for a walk ... or to the dog park
But there are also things that you should not do ... or avoid during this annual love celebration. Things that could prove harmful to your furry loved ones, or even lethal.
- Keep the chocolates out of reach. Chocolates can cause seizures, elevated heart rate, stomach and digestive issues, and worse.
- Nuts, grapes, raisins, and sugar-free candies (or other sugar-free foods) are also huge "no-no's" for pets.
- Many baked goods also contain toxic ingredients for your pets.
- Keep Valentine's Day floral deliveries away from pets. Many types of flowers and plants can cause serious health issues. (Check out this list of those plants most toxic to pets.)
Thorns on flowers can also prove problematic. Keep
them away from your pets.
- Remove or throw away all package or delivery wrappings. Cellophane, ribbons, tape, balloons, etc. can appear like toys and very tempting to pets, but they can, in reality, be very dangerous.
- Feeling romantic? Love candles? Great! But remember: If you have a pet, don't leave candles burning when you leave a room.
- The same goes for alcoholic drinks. Enjoy, but don't leave any drinks unattended if your pet is around.
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