Bringing a pet home is an enormous responsibility because, at the end of the day, you’re looking after another living being. It’s true that no one can be a perfect pet owner, but it’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into. Some people start raising animals without any qualifications, and this is very bad.
To better understand how to deal with such shortcomings, Reddit user u/mrktx21 uploaded a question to r/AskReddit. It stated: “Veterinarians of Reddit: What is one thing you wish people would know/understand about their pet?” The post soon took the internet by storm. As of now, the post has gathered over 31,000 upvotes and 7,000 comments. Most of these comments provide valuable information to those who are raising pets, helping them learn more about their little companions.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recorded a 30% rise in calls during last year’s Valentine’s week, relative to other weeks. Quite a lot of them involved chocolate, xylitol, and even indoor plants. If you’re striving to make your pet’s Valentine’s just as special as yours, be careful of the toxins discussed below.
ASPCA stated that in many types of gums, candies, peanut butter, etc labeled as sugar-free, xylitol can be a constituent. This has a possibility of causing hypoglycemia, liver damages, and even death in dogs. Also, all kinds of chocolate are harmful to dogs. Chocolates contain Methylxanthines which are caffeine-like stimulants. Gastrointestinal, neurologic, and cardiac functions of dogs can be affected by Methylxanthines, resulting in vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, seizures, and an abnormally elevated heart rate.
It’s no wonder that alcohol affects humans negatively. Similarly, alcoholic drinks are very harmful to animals too. Because animals are smaller than humans in size, even a little amount of alcohol can cause serious harm to animals.
Many varieties of flowers are toxic to cats and dogs. Therefore, before sending bouquets of flowers to your special someone, it’s better to ensure that they are pet-safe. You can check out ASPCA’s extensive list of toxic and non-toxic plants here.