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Valentine’s Day Pet Hazards

Roses are Red

Violets are Blue

Valentine’s Day isn’t all snuggles and kisses

Sometimes it means a vet visit too!  

Here at Prytania Vet, we wants you and your Prytania Pet to have the safest Valentine’s Day possible.  Whether that means closing the box of chocolates or keeping the cats away from the balloon ribbons, the number one way to prevent a Valentine’s Day vet visit is to know what to avoid around your Prytania Pet.

Sweet Treats

Chocolate is by far the most famous offender when it comes to Valentine’s Day pet hazards. If your canine companion ingests chocolate– whether in truffle, cookie, or brownie form — make sure you bring your them to a vet as soon as possible. Other hazardous sweets for your sweet are sugar free candies containing xylitol, a common sugar alternative. If your dog eats even the smallest amount of this sugar alcohol they should be seen immediately by a veterinarian as it is life threatening.   Any high fat treats like cookies, turtles, and nut clusters can also potentially lead to a life threatening inflammation of the pancreas. A good rule of thumb is if you have these treats around, keep them covered and away from your pet’s reach! 

Lovely Bouquets 

While flowers are a beautiful Valentine’s Day gift, there are some flora that should be avoided if you have a pet in the house. Lilies, Tulips, Azaleas, and Palms are all incredibly toxic to your pet.  If you’re sending flowers to a feline friendly house, make sure to specify that the bouquet does not contain lilies of any sort. If you have any questions, check out this list to see which poisonous plants your Prytania pet should avoid!

Decorations and Gifts

While balloons, cellophane, and ribbons and bows may make the room look festive for Valentine’s Day, always be mindful of curious cats and dogs. Your festive decor may look like toys to your furry friend and while it may seem harmless to let your Prytania Pet play with the bows or wrapping paper, sometimes it leads to a dangerous situations. For example, if you see your cat eat a ribbon or string, please bring them to a veterinarian immediately. 

And as always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about your Prytania Pet! We are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Saturday, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. If you have an after hours veterinary emergency, we recommend going to Medvet New Orleans. Their phone number is (504) 835-8508