This Valentine's Day, Keep Your Pets Safe

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This Valentine's Day, Keep Your Pets Safe


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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.

Below are some timely and valuable safety tips for you to practice this February 14th.  Follow them to keep your beloved pet safe and healthy on Valentine's Day ... and year-round:
  • 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.
If an accident occurs and you think that your pet has been poisoned, immediately contact the Pet Poison Helpline at: 
Or visit their website: 
Enjoy your Valentine's Day with all your loved ones ... but remember that beautiful and yummy things can hide pet-related dangers.  Show your pets you care in the most meaningful way possible ... keep them safe!
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Great do's and don'ts.  We had a cat that was crazy about chocolate, she would go out of her way to jump on us if we were eating anything that had chocolate in it. We checked with the vet, and he was OK about her eating chocolate in small doses.  The others would sniff at it and look at us with disgust for eating it.  Happy Friday,  A

Feb 10, 2017 08:53 AM #1
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi - your passion for pets is evident in this well-written and very informative post. Most family pets are little people in fur coats and four legs with a heart full of unconditional love!

Feb 10, 2017 10:27 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

All great tips for anyone with a pet, in general. Very clever to tie it into a Valentine's Day message, Gene.

Feb 10, 2017 10:41 AM #3
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 I had forgotten all that can go wrong when you have pets in the house and all the needed precautions. Thanks Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi 

Feb 10, 2017 11:48 AM #4
Cheryl Dukes . . . . . Intown Atlanta
Solid Source Realty, Inc. - Atlanta, GA

This is a good list of things pets don't like. Pet owners should make sure their pets stay away from these items when they are out walking as well as when they are inside of their own homes.

Feb 10, 2017 12:01 PM #5
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Gene - We learned that one about the candles when our old Persian set his tail on fire. Fortunately, we were right there, but it could have been a disaster for all of us. Have a great weekend!

Feb 10, 2017 12:30 PM #6
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Gene, one of my guilty pleasures is watching Animal Planet ... and the many Vet shows. I am surprised by how many surgeries are done on pets that swallowed something they should not have.  We need to be mindful of pet safety every day.

Feb 10, 2017 02:03 PM #7
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Gene this is really good advice for pet owners.  Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Feb 14, 2017 02:10 PM #8
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

It is true, some people spoil their pets above and beyond:) 

I hope, your Vday was loveful.

Feb 17, 2017 12:04 PM #9
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