Valentine's Day is February 14. Each year pet poison control centers get an increase in emergency calls during Valentine's Day, with many cases involving chocolate and lilies.

Pet Penguin ValentineHere are a few tips and reminders to help keep your pet safe during the month of love.

  • Floral Bouquets

    • Remember that all species of lilies are fatal to cats. If you plan on sending flowers to someone special, request a bouquet with no lilies.

    • Other toxic plants include tulips, oleander, and chrysanthemum.

    • Rose thorns can cause serious puncture wounds when stepped on or ingested. Be sure to de-thorn your roses away from your pets.

    • For a more detailed list of toxic plants, please feel free to call us and we can help.

  • Chocolate

    Baker's, semi-sweet, and dark chocolate contain caffeine-like stimulants that can cause gastrointestinal (GI), neurological, and cardiac disturbances. High fat contents in lighter chocolates (milk) can lead to life threatening pancreatitis.

  • Valentine Gifts

    Tape, ribbons, bows, wrapping paper, and balloons are easy to swallow and fun to chew on for pets. These items can lead to GI blockage or choking, especially with curious cats.

Share the love this month and keep your pets safe and healthy!