Adding pet safety to romantic celebrations

By Connie Orcutt • Published: March 1st, 2017
Category: Animal Airwaves

When you’re planning a romantic celebration at home, it’s natural to have eyes only for your sweetheart—the human one, that is. But be sure to make the occasion safe for your furry or feathered friend, too.

For example, keep chocolate—especially the baking variety—out of your pet’s reach. It can cause rapid, irregular and potentially fatal heartbeats. Xylitol [ZY-lit-all]—a sugar substitute found in gum, candies and other foods—is also poisonous to pets.

Flowers seem innocent enough, but even a speck of pollen from a lily is a poison pill for cats. So, unless you’re sure that your fresh flowers are safe, you’re better off using silk substitutes.

Along the same lines, scented candles are not only a fire hazard, the fumes can be downright dangerous to birds. Instead, consider using flameless candles to help create the mood.