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Keep Romance Away From The Vet: Pet Safety on Valentines

Pet Safety Tips Valentines Day
Pet Safety Tips Valentines Day

Always de-thorn your roses to keep your pets mouths and paws safe.

Nothing says romance like a trip to the vet. Oh wait, that’s not right. On the most romantic day of the year, the last thing you want to be worried about is your pet getting sick or getting your beloveds pet sick. Let’s take a moment to go over some Valentines Pet Safety Tips to help keep your Albuquerque pet safe this Valentines Day.

Bouquets of Flowers
Of course, you don’t want to think that your boo’s cat is going to eat the beautiful arrangement of flowers that you got for your her, but cats love to chew on greenery. What is best is to put the flowers someplace that their pet cannot get to, but to be on the safe side it is a good idea to remove any dangerous flowers and plants from the bouquet. That way if they do chew on your bouquet, it won’t be toxic. Lillies are a common flower for bouquets but highly toxic to cats, as are Hydrangeas which contain cyanide, Daffodils, and Cala Lily’s. The ASPCA has a great list of poisonous plants you can check.

For the Love of Chocolate!
If you have pets you are likely very familiar with the fact that chocolate can be life-threatening to them. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, seizures, and elevated heart rate. If you receive chocolate, eat as much as you want, but don’t share with your furry friend and make sure to keep it in a place they cannot get it.

What a nice vintage…
Many people love a fancy cocktail or glass of wine, especially during a romantic evening. As good as it tastes to us, it also tastes good to your pets. The problem is that they are much smaller than we humans are and the alcohol affects them much faster. It can cause all the symptoms we get from getting drunk, including difficulty breathing, metabolic disturbances, central nervous system depression, and coma. Keep your alcohol away from your pet, don’t share no matter how much they beg, and if you spill any make sure to clean it up right away and don’t have your dog clean it up for you.

Sweet isn’t always sweet
Xylitol is a sweetener that is in many candies and gum, especially ones that are supposed to be low sugar. This sweetener can cause sudden hypoglycemia, depression, and seizures in your pet if eaten. Not to mention that the candies it is in can cause other digestive issues like stomach upset, diarrhea, vomiting, and even intestinal blockages. So keep your “Be Mine” candies, and all others, to yourself and your beloved.

A Rose by any other name
May still smell sweet but has thorns that if eaten or stepped on by your four-legged friend can cause serious injury and infection. So be thoughtful and de-thorn your roses.

If you notice any vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, or other strange behavior from your pet, and you think they may have eaten something they shouldn’t, make sure to call your Albuquerque Vet right away.

Happy Valentines Day!


Happy New Years!

Happy New Year Vetco

We would like to wish you and your family and wonderful and safe New Years. We hope that 2018 is an amazing year for everyone. Our clinics will be closed on January 1st to celebrate the first day of 2018.

Happy New Year Vetco

New Years Pet Safety Tips

Can you believe that 2017 is almost over? As we welcome in the new year, lets make sure that we start off 2018 in good health with these easy pet safety tips.

  • Keep your pet inside. If you are having a party or going out for the night, make sure to keep your dog or cat inside for the night. There is a lot of noise, fireworks, cars, parties etc outside that can be very scary for your pet. You don’t want them to get scared and run away. Keeping them inside is the best way to keep them safe. It is also a good idea to get them microchipped so if they do get away from you house they can be found and easily returned to you.
  • All that noise! New Years Eve can be super noisy. Maybe it is the party at your house, or your neighbors fireworks, or that bottle of champagne popping, but all that noise can cause your pet to feel anxious. Give them a room away from the noise. If your dog is crate trained then give them access to their crate so they can be alone.
  • No table scraps: Many of us have a big New Years meal and our dog or cat would do just about anything to get some of those scraps. Remember that a lot of what we eat can make our pets ill. You don’t want them puking all over the house when you are trying to get your midnight kiss. If you want to give them a special meal, then make something just for them.

Stay safe and have a great New Year!


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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.