How to party like an animal

 
By Connie Orcutt • Published: March 2nd, 2015
Category: Animal Airwaves
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Whether it’s Valentine’s Day or another celebration, remember that your four-legged friend is not a furry human. Many treats for people are pet toxins in disguise.

Take a look at flowers. Lilies are used in many arrangements, and they pack a toxic wallop for cats. A cat that ingests a leaf, a bit of pollen or even water from the vase can develop deadly kidney failure.

Balloons are fun too — but not so much if your cat decides to play with and swallow the ribbon. That’s when a celebration can morph into the emergency surgery necessary to treat an intestinal blockage.

Chocolate, yummy though it is, contains stimulants that are poisonous for pets. And if you think sugar-free means risk-free, think again. Xylitol, a sugar-free sweetener, can cause fatally low blood sugar levels.

So clear away any potential poisons and party like an animal.