Don’t smother your pup this Valentine’s Day

Roses are red, violets are blue and while chocolate is a great gift for humans on Valentine’s Day, it’s important for pet owners to be mindful that this sweet treat isn’t for pets to enjoy too.

Today, Tuesday February 14 is Valentine Day’s and while Valentine’s Day is a special time for couples, Dogs Queensland is taking the opportunity to remind dog owners that traditional treats are not always appropriate for pet dogs.

Chocolates in any form can be harmful to dogs often causing vomiting, diarrhoea, restlessness, increased heartrate and even seizures.

Even a small choc chip cookie can be harmful.

Dogs Queensland General Manager Rob Harrison said dog owners need to be aware of the dangers especially when the temptation is there.

“Although the dog owner may think they are sharing a special treat, the family pet won’t thank them for it later,” Mr Harrison said.

“Valentine’s Day is a great time of year to ensure dogs know they are loved too but treats need to be something that is suitable in the dog’s world, not ours.”

Dogs Queensland has come up with a list of its top four tips for spreading the love to dogs this Valentine’s Day:

1. Bake them a treat they will enjoy without health consequences.

You can make canine cookies by mixing two cups of flour, half a cup of peanut butter and two eggs together until combined and add water until the mixture is wet enough to roll out as dough. 

Cut into bone shapes for extra points and bake on 180 degrees for 20 minutes.

2. Pamper your pooch with a brand new toy.

There are plenty of safe toys on the market.

Or consider making one at home yourself.

3. Take your puppy on a date to a park.

Take your dog to a new park or walking track and let them smell and run to their heart’s content

4. Refrain from hugging.

Some dogs may mistake a hug as a sign of dominance, causing the animal stress and anxiety.

Ensure your pup is comfortable with a hug before embracing them.

Further information is available at http://www.dogsqueensland.org.au/.

Dogs Queensland

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