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What to avoid giving your dog on Valentine's Day

Posted at 9:24 PM, Feb 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-15 10:55:37-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — Romantic meals are a big part of Valentine’s day, and if you're cooking for your significant other it may be tempting to feed your dog some scraps.

But there are certain V-Day staples that you shouldn't give your pooch, no matter how much they beg.

First up: chocolate. The sweet treat for humans can be toxic for pups.

Also, wine. Alcohol affects animals the same was as humans, but because they're so much smaller it can hit them harder.

Nikki Reck from pima animal care center says there's one rule of thumb that's easy to follow.
Nikki Reck from pima animal care center says there's one rule of thumb that's easy to follow.
“You pretty much just want to avoid all people food in general. There's a reason there is dog food and dog treats. It's specifically made for their bodies and the way they process it.>

PACC says if Fido begs before you cook, don't give them raw meat or fish. It could cause food poisoning.

Other foods to watch out for: onions, garlic, macadamia nuts and caffeine.

According to the FDA, signs of chocolate poisoning are:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Restlessness
  • Hyperactivity
  • Urinating more
  • Muscle spasms
  • Seizures
  • Other neurological signs.

If you suspect your dog is sick or displaying signs of food toxicity, please call your veternarian immediately, or take them to the nearest pet clinic.

As another resort, you can also scall the pet poison hotline* : (855) 764-7661

(*DISCLAIMER: A $59 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card after calling this number.)