Valentine’s Day: Show Some Pet Safety Love

Rocklin_iStock_000011197177_MediumAh, the season of love… Valentine’s Day is around the corner and it’s likely most pet owners will be seeking out creative, social ways to celebrate their whiskered friends. After all, four-legged sweethearts make our lives that much better, and in many ways, they are endeared to us through their loyalty, unconditional love, and unbridled enthusiasm.

So, let’s take some time to explore some ways to share this special holiday with our animal companions.

Safe Valentine’s Day Activities for Your Pet

Does your heart belong to your cat or dog? If so, you’re not alone! Whether you are a DIY craft lover, a dedicated volunteer, or an outdoor enthusiast, here are some ways pet owners can celebrate their furriest cupids.

  • Design and sew a Valentine-themed sweater, jacket, or plush toy (for your pet and the pets of loved ones)
  • Bake up a delicious batch of heart-shaped dog or cat cookies (check out Pinterest for homemade pet treats)
  • Pamper your furry friend with a wonderful day at the spa (i.e. grooming salon) and step out in style with a new haircut, trimmed nails, and a fresh scent
  • Adopt your dog’s favorite park for the day and host a dog friendly clean-up (poop scooping included) and day of rowdy play
  • Senior pets or those with anxiety can benefit from a massage – that’s right, therapeutic massage for pets can be relaxing and have a myriad of health benefits
  • Hold a contest for the cutest ‘pets in love’ or ‘my pet valentine’ photo on Instagram or Facebook – the winning prize could be some of the homemade treats you made with other pet- and baking-loving friends
  • Come up with a project, such as care kits for shelter pets, and invite friends, family, and neighbors to assist in putting these packages together (along with fur companions) – then donate to a favorite animal shelter

Valentine’s Disasters to Avoid

Focusing on the fun sure beats talking about the dangers of Cupid’s favorite holiday. However, keep in mind that poisonings are a real problem this time of year.

In fact, it is one of the busiest days for the Pet Poison Helpline and veterinary clinics. And, the majority of these poisoning misfortunes are due to accidental ingestion of chocolate by the family dog.

Chocolate is quite toxic because of its alkaline ingredients, theobromine and caffeine. Depending on the quantity eaten and the size of your pet, it can cause life-threatening symptoms to emerge within a matter of hours.

Because chocolate is one of the more popular gifts to give to a loved one, it is crucial to remember to keep all forms of chocolate: including cocoa powder and baking chocolate out of your pet’s reach.

Even if you receive a box of candies or foil wrapped edibles, remember that your ravenous canine will have no problem chewing through these items.

Other Valentine’s gifts that are pet toxins include:

  • Roses and bouquets containing poisonous booms
  • Xylitol (a sugar additive found in candy and gum)
  • Macadamia nuts (often covered with chocolate)
  • Raisins
  • Alcohol

So stash the dangerous goodies and create a Valentine’s Day that is both safe and enjoyable for all of your sweeties – including pet sweeties.

To the pets and pet owners we adore, Happy Valentine’s Day from your friends at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital!