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The ultimate day of love is fast approaching and what better way than to spend it with those who love us the most, unconditionally? Do you plan to spend Valentine's Day with your pooch or kitty? A pet blogger on BlogPaws.com posted an interesting article recently titled "Are You Celebrating Valentine’s Day with your Pooch?" which gives a few tips on nice ways to spend the holiday with your favorite feline.  

But the holiday isn't all hugs, kisses and roses for many pets. The ASPCA says each year their poison control experts see a rise in cases around February 14, many involving chocolate and lilies, a flower that's potentially fatal to cats.  The organization shares some valuable advice on how to keep your pets safe during this chocolate-covered, flower- filled holiday. Check them out on the ASPCA website.
Here's a quick overview:
•Pet-Safe Bouquets: All species of lily are potentially fatal to cats. When sending a floral arrangement, specify that it contain no lilies if the recipient has a cat.
•Forbidden Chocolate: Go ahead and indulge, but don't leave chocolate out for chowhounds to find.
•Careful with Cocktails: Spilled alcohol is nothing to cry over until a curious pet laps it up. Because animals are smaller than humans, a little bit of alcohol can do a lot of harm.
•Life Is Sweet: Don't let pets near treats sweetened with xylitol. If ingested, gum, candy and other treats that include this sweetener can result in a sudden drop in blood sugar known as hypoglycemia.
•Every Rose Has Its Thorn: Don't let pets near roses or other thorny stemmed flowers. Biting, stepping on or swallowing their sharp, woody spines can cause serious infection if a puncture occurs
•Playing with Fire: Pawing kittens and nosy pooches can burn themselves or cause a fire by knocking over unattended candles.
•Wrap it Up: Gather up tape, ribbons, bows, wrapping paper, cellophane and balloons after presents have been opened—if swallowed, these items can get lodged in your pet's throat or digestive tract.  

If your human companion is a pet lover like yourself, here's an idea to give an e-pet card. Sloppy Kiss Cards is an animated e-card greeting service for pet lovers. Each e-card tells a story. You choose & name the dog, cat, horse, bird, fish or other pet that stars in your e-card. And don't forget that FlexPet is the perfect gift to send your fellow pet lovers who have dogs and cats dealing with joint pain. It's the ultimate gift of love...a pain free holiday!




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