Valentine’s Day Hazards for Pets

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! You may already be seeing lots of cards and candies popping up in stores. This sweet holiday does present a few hazards for pet parents to be aware of, however. Read on as a Frisco, TX vet lists some Valentine’s Day hazards for pets.


Don’t put bouquets within range of those cute little paws! Many flowers are extremely poisonous to our four-legged friends. Lilies, for example, are highly toxic to cats. Daffodils, tulips, oleanders, and baby’s breath are also unsafe. Roses are a concern as well, though in this case it’s because of their thorns, not toxicity. Pick out and discard any flowers that are dangerous to pets. You can find more information at the ASPCA website here.


Candies present a few special risks. Many of these sweet treats contain xylitol, which is toxic to pets. Some also contain nuts and/or raisins, which are also poisonous to our furry pals. Plus, hard candies and candy wrappers both present choking risks to playful pets. Keep that candy bowl in a spot your four-legged buddy can’t reach.


A good bottle of wine is a key component of many romantic dinners. However, even small amounts of alcohol are extremely dangerous for pets.


Don’t get us wrong: we absolutely love chocolate. However, it’s not safe for pets. Chocolate contains something called theobromine, which pets can’t metabolize properly. In fact, eating just one ounce of chocolate per pound of body weight can be a fatal dose!


Candles can add a warm, cozy glow to any room. However, Fido knocking one over with his tail would definitely put a damper on any romantic evening. Burn candles in high, secure spots your pet can’t access.

Stuffed Animals

Those cute little bears and dogs make adorable gifts, but they can be dangerous to pets. Some dogs will eat the stuffing, squeakers, and/or small parts, like those plastic eyes. This can be a serious choking hazard!


Cards may not make the list of the most dangerous household items for pets, but there are a few things to keep in mind here. Cards that play music when you open them contain small batteries. Needless to say, that isn’t something you want your pet eating.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Please contact us, your Frisco, TX vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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