Pet-Friendly Valentine's Day Guide

Pet-Friendly Valentine's Day Guide

Pet owners may think twice about celebrating VDay due to concern for their fur baby's safety. It's because traditional Valentine's Day gifts, such as chocolates, can be toxic to pets. Don't worry, though, because expressing your love doesn't have to come at the risk of Fido's health! This article will discuss pet-friendly floral arrangements and share pet-proofing strategies to keep them from your curious critters. 

Non-Toxic Flowers for Cats and Dogs 

According to veterinarians, cats and dogs can become so attracted to a beautiful and colorful floral arrangement that they can't stop themselves from giving it a peck. Whether gifting flowers to a loved one or buying one for yourself, be mindful of your choice of blooms. We recommend choosing only animal-safe flowers, such as:

  • Roses - Fortunately, the classic and iconic Valentine's flowers are safe for cats and dogs. They won't hurt even if they accidentally consume the fallen petals or leaves. However, don't forget to opt for the thornless rose varieties or ask your florist to remove them for extra safety.

If I Fall In Love Roses

  • Sunflowers: These cheerful blooms symbolize happiness and admiration, perfectly fitting the ValentiValentine'sirit. Plus, they come in various sizes and colors, offering plenty of customization.
  • Orchids: Are orchids poisonous to pets? Definitely not. Elegant and long-lasting, orchids add a touch of sophistication to any arrangement. They are virtually pet-safe, making them a worry-free choice as a cut flower or a houseplant. For Valentine's, go for pink phalaenopsis or cymbidium orchids mixed with roses or as an orchid arrangement.
  • Snapdragons: These unique flowers resemble little dragon faces and add a whimsical touch to any bouquet. Luckily, they are also completely safe for your furry friends. 

Garden of Love

In addition, don't hesitate to ask your florist for their expert opinion on which flowers are the best for anyone with pets or even allergies. They are trained and well-versed in these matters, so don't worry about reaching out with questions. 

Click here for a detailed list of ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center's non-toxic flowers and plants for pets.

Pet-Proofing Tricks

Remember: Even pet-safe flowers can cause mild stomach upset if ingested in large quantities. Here are some tips to keep those ValentiValentine'sooms away from your furry friends.

  • Display your flower arrangements on high surfaces like tables, shelves, or mantels. Pets are less likely to jump that high, especially if you create barriers like furniture or decorative items.
  • Dedicate a pet-free zone, like a spare room or closed balcony, to showcase your flowers. This way, you can admire them without worrying about accidental munching.
  • While playing or spending time indoors, keep an eye on your pet and gently redirect them if they show interest in the flowers. Reward positive behavior with praise and treats. Stock up on special toys to give them that you can use to distract them whenever they attempt to go near the arrangement.

By being intentional, you can celebrate Valentine's with both your human and furry loved ones, creating paw-sitively unforgettable memories! Do you have any favorite pet-friendly Valentine's flower ideas? We'd love to hear them. Please share them in the comments below.

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