Valentine’s Day Safety for Pets

Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks off. Over the next several days, we’ll probably start seeing lots of hearts and flowers popping up in local stores and in advertisements. This special day is a great chance to spend some special time with that special someone in your life. Just don’t forget about your furry pal! Valentine’s Day does poses some specific dangers to pets. Read on as a local Livonia, MI vet discusses keeping your animal companion healthy, happy, and safe around this sweethearts’ holiday.


Chocolate may be one of the most delicious aspects of Valentine’s Day, but be careful not to let your pet get their paws on your stash. Chocolate may make people extremely happy, but it can make our furry pals extremely sick!


Candles can really add a romantic touch to a special dinner. However, keep them in high, secure places, where your pet can’t reach them. Wall sconces are a good idea. We also advise using thick candleholders. If you have a fireplace, be sure to use a secure grate, so your furry pal can’t get too close.


Wine is a big part of many Valentine’s Day traditions. Don’t let your four-legged buddy have any, however: alcohol is extremely dangerous to dogs and cats!

Candies and Sweets

Those cute heart candies with messages are definitely not safe for pets! For one thing, both hard candies and their wrappers pose serious choking risks to frisky furballs. The candies themselves are also unsafe for dogs and cats to eat. Many candies and processed/baked goods contain xylitol, which is toxic to both Fluffy and Fido. Be sure to keep that candy bowl well out of paws’ reach.

Stuffed Animals

Many people give or receive cute stuffed animals as Valentine’s Day gifts. While our feline pals may not take much notice of these, many dogs love to play with them. Fido could choke on small parts, such as buttons or plastic eyes or noses. The stuffing itself may also be unsafe.


Flower bouquets make a thoughtful and beautiful Valentine’s Day gift, but keep them away from Fido and Fluffy. Many popular flowers are poisonous to our animal friends! Roses are also dangerous, because of the thorns.

Please feel free to contact us, your local Livonia, MI pet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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