Valentine’s Day can be as much fun for pets as it Valentine’s Day Dogis for humans if dangerous foods, plants 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 our expert advice—don’t leave the goodies lying around on Lover’s Day.
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.
Please don’t share the sweet treats with your pets, keep them up in a safe place. If your dog or cat gets into chocolate, call us right away! This could be a real emergency. We need to know what kind of chocolate and how much. If we aren’t open, call a pet emergency clinic – don’t wait.
PS: If you want to treat your pets today, use healthy treats such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Many cats enjoy them, too!