- Chocolate is everyone’s favorite Valentine’s Day gift, but can cause severe illness if ingested by your family pet. Keep all chocolates locked in a safe spot, where even the craftiest of dogs and cats won’t be able to get access to them.
- If you’re sending flowers to a feline-friendly household, make sure your arrangements do not include lilies. Lilies are extremely toxic to cats, and can lead to fatal kidney disease. If you’re unsure about the contents of your bouquet, refer to the ASPCA’s toxic and non-toxic plant library for a visual guide. Be sure to check arrangements you may have received as well. https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants.
- Cats and dogs love to play with ribbons, cellophane, and various styles of wrapping tapes. Please make sure to dispose of the wrapping properly after opening your presents, as these stringy materials can become lodged if swallowed, and lead to unwanted emergencies.
- Although a candle-lit meal may sound romantic, don’t forget to blow out any candles and keep an eye on your alcoholic beverages if you’re leaving the room, as both of these can lead to injuries and illnesses if your pets become a bit too curious.
Park East is open 24/7, so if your dog or cat does have an emergency, please call us as soon as possible and talk to the doctor who will advise you regarding what treatment is recommended.
Help your pet enjoy a happy and safe Valentine’s Day with lots of hugs - and maybe an extra of his or her favorite treat - or two!