San Antonio: A holiday to be thankful for!

CONTACT: Lisa Norwood, 210.207.6665 | 210.501.3277

Claudia Balarin, 210.207.6688 | 407.288.0310

SAN ANTONIO (November 19, 2021) - Now that the holidays are on the way, people will be spending more time indoors entertaining and that could mean trouble for residents who want to include their pets in the merrymaking. Here are some simple tips to keep pets and their people safe as we get ready for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday:
  • Pay attention to your companion animal. Pets are often ignored in the rush and excitement of the holidays. This can lead to destructive boredom and mischief.
  • Unsure how your pet will react to all the new faces in the house? Create a safe, comfortable place for your pet to relax. Make sure you put out plenty of fresh food, water, and toys.
  • Play with your dog or cat at least twice a day for a good length of time. A tired pet is less likely to do something "off limits." Use baby gates to cut off access to restricted areas.          
  • Traveling with your pet during the holiday? Make sure you bring all your pet's supplies including food, dishes, leash and collar, toys as well as any medications your pet may be need.
  • Ensure your pet has some form of identification should they get lost. Use an engraved tag with your contact number and the City required microchip ID. ACS offers free microchips for the pets of San Antonio residents at the City shelter located at 4710 State Highway 151. Microchip appointments can be made at          
  • If your dog will be staying with a friend, a pet sitter or at a boarding kennel during the holiday, make arrangements well in advance to avoid any last-minute hassles.
  • Holiday goodies of any sort should be kept away from your pet. Chocolate, turkey bones, onions, garlic, and raisins are all dangerous for our pets.
  • It may be tempting, but don't give your pet food off the table and keep an eye on the trash. The rich foods we eat typically eat during the holidays can be hard on your animal's stomach and may lead to intestinal upset and diarrhea.
  • Candies and gums with the artificial sweetener Xylitol can also be toxic to pets.
  • Remember, poultry bones, including turkey, are a choking hazard.
  • Giving alcohol to a pet--even a sip or two--is dangerous and could be fatal.

Think your pet may have ingested something toxic? Head to or dial the nearest pet emergency clinic (Search the internet for "veterinary clinic" for one closest to you). You can also call the ASPCA Pet Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435 (there may be a charge).

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