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Share The Love, But Not The Treats, With Your Pets On Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

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Written by Barry Gunn

Share your love with your pet on Valentine’s Day, but don’t risk sharing common gifts such as chocolates and flowers. The dangers of doing so are detailed in a video featuring Drs. Paul Woods and Andrew Peregrine of the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph.

The video – posted on the College’s website www.ovc.uoguelph.ca and http://www.youtube.com/ontariovetcollege/– outlines the pitfalls of the upcoming holiday for your pet. It is the second of a series of videos for the pet owner who wants to share life fully with a companion animal, whether it’s travelling to the cottage, celebrating holidays or successfully surviving the seasons.

“If you want to have your pet with you for celebrations, a couple of cautionary rules are necessary,” said Woods. “Supervision, for example, is a simple way to ensure that your dog or cat doesn’t get into something like chocolate, which can cause neurological damage.”

Peregrine and Woods, both veterinarians and faculty members at Ontario Veterinary College, take a light-hearted look at life with your pet during times of celebration or high stress. They point out common elements that can cause distress or even death to our pets and offer tips on how to reduce the risks for humans and companion animals.

“We want to ensure that people and companion animals get the most out of the relationships they share,” said Peregrine. “In future topics we’ll cover travelling with your pet, how to handle hot weather and what to do if fireworks upset your pet.”

For more information, contact Paul Woods at 519-824-4120, Ext. 54092 or by e-mail at , and Andrew Peregrine at Ext. 54714 or . Media contact Barry Gunn at Ext. 56982 or .

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