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Show your pet you care on Valentine's Day

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A pet is a member of the family and a friend that showers you with unconditional love every day of the year. They see you as the center of their world and are always ready to lend an ear when you need to talk, cheer you up when you are down and give you kisses when you least expect it.

This Valentine's Day, show your pets how much you appreciate their loyal companionship by treating them to an extra special day. Take them shopping for new toys and gourmet treats or splurge on a day at the pet spa. Your dog may also enjoy a ride in the car to the dog park while your cat might like curling up on the couch with you to watch a movie.

Here are a few tips to help you keep your pet safe and loved this Valentine's Day:

- Safe Floral Arrangements: It's best to keep ALL floral arrangements out of your pet's reach. Many plants and flowers can cause vomiting and diarrhea, liver or kidney damage, cardiovascular collapse and death.

- Chocolate and Cellophane: Valentine chocolates and candy sweetened with xylitol can result in life-threatening dangers for your pet, including vomiting, diarrhea, seizures and death. Those sweets are often wrapped in plastic cellophane and are accompanied by balloons, ribbons and other decorations. If ingested by your pet, they can get lodged in the throat or digestive tract, causing your pet to choke or vomit.

- Cocktails and Candles: Wine, champagne and other liquors are often present on Valentine's Day. Make sure to keep all alcoholic beverages away from your pets, as they can lead to serious medical complications to include comas and respiratory failure. Never leave candles unattended when you own pets, as they can not only burn themselves, but knock them over and cause a fire.

- Furry Gifts: Never give a cuddly pet as a gift. If the one you love is ready for a pet, then take a romantic trip together down to the Houston SPCA and have your loved one pick out the pet that is right for him/her. You can show your affection by picking up the tab.

Always keep a watchful eye on your furry companions and keep the name and number of your veterinarian and local animal emergency clinic in a convenient location.

On the Web:

Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals -- http://www.houstonspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=homepage_new

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