Valentine’s Day Dangers for Dogs

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! This romantic holiday offers a wonderful chance to enjoy some quality time, and perhaps a quiet special dinner, with that special someone. Cupid does pose a few dangers for our canine pals, however, so you’ll want to be sure to keep Fido safe. Read on as a Greensboro, NC vet lists some Valentine’s Day hazards for dog owners to be aware of.


Those cute little candy hearts present several dangers for your canine friend. Fido could easily choke on either the candy or the wrapper, or both. Candies are also a toxicity hazard, as many candies contain xylitol, which is extremely poisonous to dogs. Keep that candy bowl well away from your pooch!


We love chocolate! This delicious treat is definitely not something you want to share with your dog, however, as it is actually very poisonous to Fido. Give your furry buddy a slice of deli meat instead.


Roses aren’t poisonous, but they are still very dangerous because of their thorns. Fido could seriously hurt himself by eating these beautiful flowers! Bouquets in general should be considered a danger to dogs, as many popular flowers and plants are toxic to our canine friends. Keep those lovely flower arrangements in a place your pet can’t reach them.

Stuffed Animals

Those cute little bears and other stuffed animals can also be hazardous to dogs. Many of those adorable Valentine’s Day stuffed animals have small decorative pieces, such as buttons and those cute plastic eyes and noses, which could choke your pet. Give Fido a new toy of his own instead.


Few things are as romantic as having a nice candlelit dinner with that special person who lights up your life. Be very careful with your candles, however: pets and flames do not mix! Keep candles in high, secure places where there is no chance of Fido accidentally knocking them over. Wall sconces are a good option.


While not every dog will be interested in that glass of red or white wine, some of our canine friends will eat or drink, well, pretty much anything. Alcohol is very dangerous for dogs! Don’t let Fido get into your wine.

Please feel free to contact us, your Greensboro, NC, with any questions or concerns about your canine friend’s health, care, or behavior. We are happy to help!

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