15 Feb Cats Don’t Like Valentine’s Day
Happy Valentine’s Day to all our supporters.
We have recently posted on the dangers of Lilies and wanted to take this opportunity to remind all cat owners to avoid them. Valentine’s day marks a particular risk as cat owners may be gifted flowers or bouquets that contain Lilies. The ingestion of small amounts of leaf material, flowers, pollen or even the water that Lilies have been steeped in can result in kidney failure and potentially death.
Dogs don’t get completely off the hook either. Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that can be found not only in sugar free sweets but also in many other products such as baked items, vitamins and supplements, some pharmaceuticals, chewing gum and other dental products. Xylitol is very toxic to dogs and can result in low blood sugar levels and potentially liver injury if enough is ingested. Many pet owners would be surprised to know that dogs can reach toxic doses of xylitol with very small quantities of some of these items.
Another common food risk for dogs on Valentine’s Day is grapes. Many pet owners know that grapes are toxic to dogs, and we can confirm that any grape, raisin or sultana ingestion in a dog is concerning. Grape ingestion in dogs can potentially result in kidney failure but the toxin is yet to be identified. Dogs often eat grapes off the floor that have been dropped, so always be cautious preparing or eating grapes around dogs.
The Animal Poisons Helpline is free to all pet owners in Australia and New Zealand. If you are concerned your pet may have been exposed to a poison, phone 1300 869 738 (AU) or 0800 869 738 (NZ) for advice, even if your pet looks well.
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