Valentine’s Day Hazards For Pets

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Be sure to keep your pet’s safety in mind. This lovers’ holiday can be quite dangerous to Fluffy and Fido. Here, a local North Suffolk, VA vet lists some Valentine hazards for pets.


Many popular flowers are toxic to our furry pals. Lilies, for example, are extremely poisonous to cats. Other hazardous flowers include oleanders, tulips, gladiolas, baby’s breath, azaleas, and carnations, to name just a few. We recommending pulling any toxic plants out of your bouquets. Or, better yet, err on the side of caution, and keep flowers somewhere your beloved pet can’t access. (Tip: the ASPCA has a full list of both safe and unsafe plants here.)


You’ve probably seen some pretty cute cards that light up or play music. These usually contain small batteries. Needless to say, a battery is definitely not something you want your pet eating! Keep cards in a spot your pet can’t get to.

Stuffed Animals

Stuffed animals may not seem very threatening, but they actually can be quite dangerous. Many of these have ribbons and/or small parts, like button eyes, that can choke frisky pets. There’s also the fact that some dogs like to rip stuffed animals apart and try to eat the squeaker and/or stuffing. Keep your plushies in a spot your pet can’t reach.


Colorful candy hearts are really cute, but don’t let your furry friend have any. These often contain xylitol, which is poisonous to pets. Hard candies, individually-wrapped candies, and candy wrappers are also dangerous, as they can choke playful pets. Nuts and raisins are unsafe as well. Keep the candy bowl out of paws’ reach.


Chocolate is always a serious concern at this time of year. It contains a substance called theobromine, which is toxic to pets. Even a single ounce of chocolate per pound of your pet’s weight can be a fatal dose!


Keep candles in high, secure spots. You don’t want Fido knocking one over with his tail, or Fluffy sticking her tail in the flame! Be careful with fireplaces as well. We recommend using safety grates.


Alcohol is definitely not safe for pets. If you want to give your furry buddy a treat, offer them some sodium-free broth instead.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Please contact us, your North Suffolk, VA vet clinic, anytime. We’re here for you!

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