Romance comes with hidden risks
VALENTINE’S Day is a time to celebrate romance, but some tokens of love can spell disaster if they fall into the wrong paws.
Chocolates contain chemicals such as caffeine and theobromine that are toxic to dogs and cats. The darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is.
The problem is, while we may indulge responsibly, the average puppy or dog won’t stop at one. I’ve seen dogs who have eaten whole boxes of chocolates, in one memorable case several kilogram blocks.
And the wrapping doesn’t put them off; they can eat that, too.
Chocolate toxicity can lead to vomiting, diarrhoea, seizures, coma and death.
While roses are non-toxic, other flowers such as lilies contain toxins that can cause life-threatening illness. Cats in particular are curious and may mouth or chew on flowers, but ingestion of even a tiny part of some lily plants can cause ir-