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Don’t Let Your Pet Near That Valentine’s Day Candy!

By Species, By Topic, Cats, Dogs, Emergency Situations, Nutrition

Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching and soon homes will be filled with candy and flowers meant to signify the love people feel for each other. Unfortunately, many of these lovely gifts can be very harmful to our pets. Everyone should know the danger of giving pets chocolate. Chocolates contain a chemical called theobromine that is deadly to both dogs and cats. If consumed, it may cause your pet to experience vomiting, seizures, arrhythmia, urination, diarrhea, and death.

But Valentine’s danger doesn’t end there. Even empty candy wrappers and cards can be dangerous. Many of them still smell like sweets. If left in an easy to open waste bin, a pet could ingest them. This can lead to gastrointestinal blockages that could require expensive and invasive surgery to treat.

Flowers can be just as dangerous to our pets’ health. If your special someone sends you lilies, be sure to keep them away from your cat. Cats are susceptible to lily toxicity and can suffer from acute, severe kidney failure if they are allowed to eat even a small amount of these toxic flowers. The list of treats and decorations that are harmful to pets if consumed is seemingly endless.

Now, please don’t go and throw out your Valentine’s treats or scold your significant other for endangering you beloved pets on this holiday of love. Instead, thank them for their thoughtfulness and make sure you take precautions to keep your animal companions away from your presents and confections. If your pets do eat your Valentine’s Day treats, call us immediately. Quick treatment is the key to a fast recovery and good prognosis in any potential poisoning or injury.

If your cat or dog has eaten chocolate, a candy wrapper, or poisoned itself with lilies, call CEDARCREST Animal Clinic immediately at 540-943-7577.

CEDARCREST Animal Clinic provides medical and surgical care for every stage of your pet's life including preventive wellness care exams and vaccines, spays/neuters, and a variety of specialized care for your dog, cat, avian, or exotic. We are home to the only veterinarian practitioner in Virginia to be double Boarded in Avian and Canine/Feline care and provide care for birds, small mammals, and reptiles of all sorts! Plus, we are home to Virginia's most exclusive dog boarding resort that includes heated floors, an expansive play area, and even webcams so you can watch your pet while you're away. We're located in Fishersville, Virginia, and serve Augusta County and surrounding areas including Waynesboro, Staunton, Harrisonburg, and Charlottesville. 

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