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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Tips for Valentine's Week....For our Furry Friends

Valentine’s Day can be as much fun for pets as it is for humans if dangerous foods, flora and other items are kept out of paws’ reach. Each year poison control experts see a rise in cases around February 14, many involving chocolate and lilies, a flower that’s potentially fatal to cats. So please heed the experts’ advice — don’t leave the goodies lying around on Valentine’s Day.

Pet-Safe Bouquets
Many pet owners are still unaware that all species of lily are potentially fatal to cats. When sending a floral arrangement, specify that it contain no lilies if the recipient has a cat — and when receiving an arrangement, sift through and remove all dangerous flora. If your pet is suffering from symptoms such as stomach upset, vomiting or diarrhea, he may have ingested an offending flower or plant. Use online toxic and nontoxic plant libraries as visual guides of what and what not should be in your bouquets.

Forbidden Chocolate
Seasoned pet lovers know the potentially life-threatening dangers of chocolate, including baker’s, semi sweet, milk and dark. In darker chocolates, methylxanthines— caffeine-like stimulants that affect gastrointestinal, neurologic and cardiac function—can cause vomiting/diarrhea, hyperactivity, seizures and an abnormally elevated heart rate. The high-fat content in lighter chocolates can potentially lead to a life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas. Go ahead and indulge, but don’t leave chocolate out for chowhounds to find.

Careful with Cocktails
Spilled wine, half a glass of champagne, some leftover liquor are nothing to cry over until a curious pet laps them up. Because animals are smaller than humans, a little bit of alcohol can do a lot of harm, causing vomiting, diarrhea, lack of coordination, central nervous system depression, tremors, difficulty breathing, metabolic disturbances and even coma. Potentially fatal respiratory failure can also occur if a large enough amount is ingested.

Life Is Sweet
So don’t let pets near treats sweetened with xylitol. If ingested, gum, candy and other treats that include this sweetener can result in a sudden drop in blood sugar known as hypoglycemia. This can cause your pet to suffer depression, loss of coordination and seizures.

Every Rose Has Its Thorn
Don’t let pets near roses or other thorny stemmed flowers. Biting, stepping on or swallowing their sharp, woody spines can cause serious infection if a puncture occurs. “It’s all too easy for pets to step on thorns that fall to the ground as a flower arrangement is being created,” says Dr. Louise Murray, Director of Medicine for the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital. De-thorn your roses far away from pets.

Playing with Fire
It’s nice to set your evening a-glow with candlelight, but put out the fire when you leave the room. Pawing kittens and nosy pooches can burn themselves or cause a fire by knocking over unattended candles.

Wrap it Up
Gather up tape, ribbons, bows, wrapping paper, cellophane and balloons after presents have been opened — if swallowed, these long, stringy and “fun-to-chew” items can get lodged in your pet’s throat or digestive tract, causing her to choke or vomit.

The Furry Gift of Life?
Giving a cuddly puppy or kitten may seem a fitting Valentine’s Day gift — however, returning a pet you hadn’t planned on is anything but romantic. Companion animals bring with them a lifelong commitment, and choosing a pet for someone else doesn’t always turn out right. Consider a gift certificate for a local shelter!
Copyright ASPCA


Pamela said...

Many years ago when our kids were small, I came home from work to find my wonderful kitty cat hiding in the closet -- yowling horribly.
She bit me when I tried to get her out. I thought she had rabies.

We finally got her to the vets - and she had a cactus spine up her ureter.

She'd tried to go dig her potty hole in the cactus garden.

I removed that ASAP.

Anonymous said...

Yes, great reminders, thank-you!

Hadley said...

I like all these tips regarding celebrating Valentines Day...

avagdro said...

Thank you bermudabluez for sharing.Wish you in advance a joyful Valentine's Day.

Valentine Gift India|Chennai Flowers|Bangalore flowers said...

Very sage advice. Too bad my old maid digs chocolate and we indulge her sweet tooth!

Donna said...

Great Tips sweetie!!! Happy day!hughugs

Daryl said...

Love the diamonds, And this is excellent advice!

Katya said...

Once again, you have come up with timely reminders for our companions! We do need to keep our eyes out for them, as this world can be a very dangerous place!

Thank you for sharing!!!

lisaschaos said...

You made me remember that I need to buy a treat for my guys. :)

silvieon4 said...

Finally! A woman after my own heart. Everybody forgets us today and we don't like it. After all who gives you more loving than your pet?
We should be the only Valentines you care about.

Just another opinion from Silvieon4