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Keep Your Pets Safe This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is Tuesday, but perhaps you’ve pre-planned a romantic weekend with the one you love. No matter when you’ve decided to celebrate, you’ll want to make sure you’re taking proper safety precautions to keep pets out of danger on the day you’ve devoted to love!

Choose flowers wisely.

If your loved one fancies flowers, but also has a furry friend, it’s best to consult the ASPCA’s digital toxic and nontoxic plant library before buying. That way, you can be sure that your thoughtful gesture doesn’t end with a sick little kitty or pup.

Try to stay away from chocolate.

We know – Valentine’s Day and chocolates usually go hand-in-hand. However, forgoing chocolate for an alternate gift can be healthier for both your loved one and their pet. If you must, stick to milk chocolate, since that has a lower concentration of dangerous methylxanthines, and make sure it’s stored well out of Fido’s reach.

Blow out the candles.

We get it, you want to set the mood for a romantic evening in. Just make sure those candles are set high up so your pets can’t reach them. As always, if you leave a room, you shouldn’t leave a candle burning. Not only can unsupervised candles lead to injured pets, but they can also cause devastating house fires as well.

Throw out your wrappers.

From candy wrappers to bows and wrapping papers – make sure to dispose of any potentially dangerous items left over from your gift-giving session. Ribbons, tape and cellophane might put the finishing touches on your Valentine’s Day gift, but they can cause a lot of damage should your pet get tangled up in or swallow them.

No matter how careful you are, pets can be mischievous, there’s no doubt about it. For that reason, it’s important to have the number of a trusted veterinarian on speed dial in case of emergency. Fortunately, for folks in Manhattan and the surrounding areas, the only number you need to know is ours!

Should you run into any unplanned pet problems this Valentine’s Day, call Upper East Side Animal Hospital at 212-396-3020 right away.

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