Valentines Day For And With Your Pets
This Valentine Holiday Reward the Dog or Cat Who Loves You Best
For your pet, you are the center of the universe. Reward his devotion this Valentine’s Day with a special gift.
Your pet is a member of the family, and he deserves to be remembered on Valentine’s Day. Sometimes our pets seem like the only ones who understand us. On special holidays, don’t forget their contribution; include them in the festivities and remember them when the time comes for gift giving. After all, human partners come and go, but your furry or feathery companion is always there for you.
Explore the World of Pet Gifts this Valentine’s Day
Instead of the usual chew toy or catnip mouse, explore some of the new and interesting products available for your pets. From designer outfits to gourmet biscuits, it’s a whole new world when it comes to pet products. You may not be interested in the extravagance of a dog stroller that keeps Fido’s feet dry when he takes an excursion through the park, or a cat enclosure that will allow you to take puss along with you on your dog’s walk, but self-cleaning litter boxes, GPS tracking chips, and herbal essences that are designed to be used like aromatherapy might just fit the bill when it comes to remembering your pet on Valentine’s Day.
Consider Your Pet’s Personality When Buying a Gift
You know your pet has a unique personality, and it’s also important to remember that he has emotions, fears, and routines, too. Some pets are very physically active, some are vain, some like to be the life of the party, and others enjoy a good puzzle. With a little thought and some research, you’ll know the type of products your pet will appreciate, and have an idea where to get the best deal on them.
Internet sites as well as the large pet supply outlets have made these products readily available, and you don’t have to search very far to find impressive product offerings.
Give Your Pet the Gift of Health and Safety on Valentine’s Day
While you are looking for ways to thank your pet for all of the things he does for you, don’t forget to educate yourself about his needs. Are his inoculations current? Does he have pet insurance? In a health emergency, would you know what to do until help arrives? Many pets die needlessly every year as a result of ingesting human foods that are poisonous to them.
Do you know about the common foods that could hurt or kill your pet?
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 our 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 our experts’ advice—don’t leave the goodies lying around on Lover’s Day.
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 our online toxic and nontoxic plant libraries as visual guides of what and what not should be in your bouquets.
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