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Valentine’s Day: Dos and dont's for pet owners

Valentine’s Day is upon us! Time to spend some quality time with the four-legged love of your life.

There are some great ways to treat your furry friend on Valentine’s Day, but a few ways not to as well. Let’s begin with the don’ts. 

Don’t…

Just like Christmas and Easter, lots of Valentine’s Day treats are harmful to our pets. You should keep these things well away from them:

Chocolate

Whether you have company or you’re alone, Valentine’s Day simply isn’t Valentine’s Day without a good old box of chocolates. Sadly, chocolate is poisonous to dogs and cats – so keep it well out of their reach.

Alcohol

If your pet gets their paws on your Valentine’s Day champagne, it can cause lots of problems like vomiting and difficulty breathing. Keep your glass in your hand, or somewhere your pet can’t reach it.

Flowers

Lilies are toxic to cats and can cause their kidneys to shut down. Other flowers can cause harm too – so however nice they smell, don’t let your pet lean in for a sniff! 

Do…

So what can I give my pet on Valentine’s Day, then? Don’t worry, there are some great ways to show your pet that they’re loved, without feeding them treats that are meant for humans.

Play some games

It’s not the most romantic thing, but nothing will make your pet happier than spending some quality time with you. Fetch your dog’s bouncy ball or your cat’s toy mouse and the fun will follow.

More info: Games for dogs. How to play with your dog or puppy

Snuggles

Once game time is over, there’s nothing like cuddles in front of a Valentine’s Day film!

Puzzle feeders

If you’re heading out for a Valentine’s meal, don’t feel guilty for leaving your pet on their own. You can help them stay entertained with a puzzle feeder – filled with a special (dog/cat-friendly) treat, as it’s a special occasion!

Treats

Treats, of course, are a great reward for your pet for all of their loyalty and the cute things they do day in, day out.

Need more info?

Whether you’re heading out or staying in, we wish you and your pets a wonderful Valentine’s Day! If you need more information or have any concerns, have a chat with your vet. To find your nearest recommended vet or pet clinic, use our Find a Vet page.