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Houston SPCA Tips for a Pet-Safe Valentine’s Day



The kittens are playing, the bunnies are hopping, and the puppies are cuddling – love is in the air at the Houston SPCA! Here are a few tips on keeping your pets safe during this day of caring and affection.

1. Giving a beautiful bouquet? Lose the lilies. Lily flowers are toxic to cats and can cause renal failure. Even a tiny bite of any part of the lily plant can be deadly to your kitties. To make sure your pets are safe, keep all floral arrangements and plants out of reach of your pets.  If your cat accidentally ingests any part of the lily flower, take them to your veterinarian immediately.

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2. Keep the chocolates to yourself! Most people know that chocolate is toxic to dogs. The toxicity level depends on the kind of chocolate – baker’s, semi-sweet, milk, or dark – however they are all toxic even when baked. Keep those chocolate candies, cookies, and brownies all to yourself! If you think your dog has ingested chocolate, contact your veterinarian immediately.

3. Keep sugar-free foods away from your pets. Xylitol, an artificial sweetener found in many sugar-free candies and baked goods, is toxic to dogs and can cause liver failure. It’s best to read the ingredients list on any sugar-free foods and keep any products containing Xylitol out of your pet’s reach. If you think your dog or cat has ingested any type of candy or sweet with Xylitol, contact your veterinarian immediately.

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4. Careful with those cocktails! Keep an eye on those half-full wine and champagne glasses. Pets are curious and even a small amount of alcohol can be dangerous to them. Keep all alcoholic drinks out of their reach while celebrating this Valentine’s Day.


5. Candles are romantic but please blow them out. Having a beautiful set of glowing candles can really set the mood but open flames in your home present obvious dangers. Never leave your pet alone with any open flame, you never know when a tail wag or curious paw could knock over a candle causing danger to your pet and your home.


6. Roses are red, roses have thorns! While roses may be the ultimate symbol of love on this Valentine’s Day, please make sure to keep those roses out of reach of your pets. Roses will often have thorns that can hurt your pet. You can help by de-thorning them to ensure your pet will not accidentally step on or chew on them.

We hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with your loved ones!


The Houston SPCA

Valentine's Day 2014