Warning to pet owners issued ahead of Valentine’s Day

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UK pet emergency service Vets Now is calling for pet owners to be mindful this Valentine’s Day, as gifts of chocolate and flower can have serious consequences on the health of pets.

“Small pleasures are holding stronger than ever during the global pandemic and Britons are expected to splash out an estimated £1 billion on Valentine’s Day,” a Vets Now statement says. “The most popular gift, at over 30 per cent of this spend, is set to be flowers, followed by chocolates and then pampering products such as clothing and lingerie.

“But pet owners should be aware that many of these are potentially dangerous for dogs and cats.”

Hundreds of cats have been admitted to Vets Now’s out-of-hours clinics and 24/7 pet emergency hospitals as a result of coming into contact with flowers – paticularly with lilies, which can be deadly.

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Vets Now head of telehealth, Dave Leicester, said, “We see a big rise in pet emergency cases over Valentine’s and often it’s due to cats and dogs eating things they shouldn’t such as lilies and chocolate.

“While most pet owners are well aware of the dangers chocolate can pose, not everyone knows about dangerous flowers. Some popular bouquets can be extremely poisonous to cats and dogs, causing vomiting, diarrhoea, and even kidney failure if swallowed.

“Lilies are particularly poisonous to cats and what makes them so dangerous is that all parts of the plant are toxic and even small ingestions, such as two or three leaves or petals, or water from a vase containing lilies, can be potentially fatal.”

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Several types of flowers and plants can be toxic to dogs as well, and hundreds of dogs and cats are treated every day in the UK for poisoning. A list of toxic plants, garden and household substances to look out for can be found here.

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