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How to Stay Safe this Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 11, 2019 Natalie Salem

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, everyone is starting to finalize plans and get excited for what February 14th may bring for them in 2019. While Valentine’s Day is a time for hearts and flowers, you still need to keep some points in mind to ensure you and your pets stay safe.

Some tips for your safety:

  1. Valentine’s Day may be a day to go all out and eat anything your heart desires, keep in mind that you can still enjoy yourself while eating healthy, limiting alcohol consumption, and avoiding smoking or secondhand smoke. And of course, never drink and drive.
  2. Keep your germs to yourself. February is also a part of flu season so try to limit your potential for exposure by washing your hands frequently and bumping up on your vitamin C.
  3. Be safe and aware of your surroundings. If you are going out with someone new for the first time or are unsure of your date, keep your wits about you and have a back-up plan should something make you uncomfortable and want to leave.

Some tips for your pet’s safety:

  1. Keep chocolates up and in a safe place so pets cannot get into them and have a reaction of vomiting or gastrointestinal issues.
  2. Along with chocolate, keep foods and candies sweetened with xylitol away from pets as well. Ingestion of xylitol can cause your pet’s blood sugar to drop suddenly causing depression, loss of coordination, and even seizures.
  3. Cocktails should not be consumed by pets even if it is a small amount spilled on the floor, it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, difficulty breathing, and even in some cases a coma.
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