Barking with The Beat – Valentines

Dogs Are Actually A Girl’s Best Friend – Not Diamonds

We are loving Uber right now for the pre-valentines puppy snuggles!  If you didn’t get in on the Uber puppy love,  you can still donate to the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri.  Or even better, you can bring home your love this Valentine’s Day.  The only thing that makes a long day better is stopping to think of that sweet furball waiting for you to get home – who cannot wait to give you kisses and go for a walk or snuggle.  There are lots of sweet babies that would make wonderful forever friends available for adoption. Of course 417 Pet Sitting and The Beat want to make sure that you make an informed decision before adopting your furry friend, we would advise against an impulse furry valentine if it isn’t feasible for our household, budget, or schedule. Remember that pets are not disposable, and shouldn’t be repackaged, regifted, or returned if the recipient is not pleased.

Our friends at PetMD have some reminders for keeping those furry friends safe and happy this Valentine’s Day – whether they are a new addition to the family, or your long time best friend.  No need to waste money on chocolates or flowers, those are actually harmful  on top of being pricey.  Give your furbaby extra love and attention, and skip the chocolate, candy, or flowers that could cause them harm.

We all know that chocolate is harmful for your pets – especially dogs.  Dark chocolate, exotic chocolates, and baking chocolates are the worst.  They are higher in cocoa oil content which is what leads to kidney issues and irregular heart rhythms.

Sadly a lot of sugar free candies and gums contain Xylitol. That is deadly, almost instantly, to pets.  If ingested, it may cause vomiting, loss of coordination, seizures, and in severe cases, liver failure.

Remember that lilies are toxic to cats – while the aroma is amazing it is also often too enticing to resist. Even small amounts can cause vomiting and an upset stomach.

From all of us at 417 Pet Sitting and 92.9 The Beat – Happy Valentine’s Day!