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Pet Health Concerns for Valentine’s Day

Dog and Woman SnugglingHappy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Trupanion! Valentine’s Day is a day to cherish the one you love, and for many of us, the ones we love include our beloved pets. However, Valentine’s Day, as with many holidays, can provide added concerns for pets. Here are some tips to help you enjoy Valentine’s Day, protecting your pets in the process.

  • Keep chocolate treats away from pets. Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, which are toxic to pets. Ingestion could lead to heart damage and central nervous system damage.
  • If you receive gifts wrapped in ribbon, dispose of the ribbon immediately. The accidental ingestion of ribbon used to wrap gifts can cause bunching in the intestines and may require emergency surgery.
  • Never share alcohol with pets. Even a small amount of alcohol is poisonous to pets. Make sure all bottles, cans, and glasses are kept out of pets’ reach and put away quickly after consumption.
  • Flowers are a beautiful addition to any home, but can cause problems for pets. Lilies are particularly toxic to cats if ingested and tulips can cause stomach irritation, vomiting, and diarrhea.
  • Never leave candles unattended. Candles can easily be knocked over, causing not only harm to your pet if he is nearby, but harm to the entire house.

Keeping these few simple tips in mind will ensure that you can enjoy the holiday with your lovable pup or cat without commemorating it with a trip to the veterinarian.

Have a wonderful Valentine’s holiday and give your pet a squeeze from all of us here at Trupanion!

Edit: After sifting through claims from the past two Valentine’s days, there were a handful of chocolate-related claims with an average vet bill of $414.13!

About Heather @FamilyAndFur

Heather Kalinowski lives in the Seattle area with her husband, newborn son, and two rescued pups – an Italian Greyhound named Ava and a Spaniel mix named Jackson. She enjoys reading, writing, spending time with her family, and volunteering with Italian Greyhound Rescue. Google+

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