Monday, February 9, 2009

Valentine's Day Safety For Dogs (Yes, You Read That Correctly)

Valentine's Day is fun to share with your loved ones -- both the two and four legged variety.  It is, however, a plant and chocolate intensive holiday, which means DOGGIE DANGER ALERT!  

Keep your bon bons, champagne, wine, candles, flowers and plants well out of Fido's reach. Chocolate and dogs don't mix, and alcohol is incredibly dangerous too.  Flowers, such as Lilies, Rhododendron, Azaleas and Tulip bulbs and thorns on roses range from disastrous to deadly. Remember: dogs can perform exceptional feats of agility if food or smelly or interesting items are involved.  Always operate under the assumption that your dog can and will can get to your paramour's generous gifts -- even if they are on a high counter.

Before the 14th rolls around, check out the ASPCA's Valentine's Day Tips for additional information including links to lists of toxic food and plants.

If your precious pooch ingests or comes in contact with a dangerous food or other substance, contact your veterinarian or emergency veterinarian immediately.  The ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center is another excellent resource.  These experts are available 24/7, 365 days a week at (888) 426-4435.  A $60 fee applies.

So enjoy a safe Valentine's Day and give your pooch a hug and smooch from the folks at Happy Dog Land!

Photo of Billy, Rafa and Louis by Michael Vistia, Vistia Designs