City of San Antonio Animal Care Services offers Thanksgiving tips for pet owners

Helpful tips for a safe Thanksgiving for your animals

Cute pet dog puppy standing on a pumpkin in autumn. (E.Boros, Adobe Stock)

SAN ANTONIO – With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the City of San Antonio Animal Care Services is offering some tips for pet owners for a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

  • Be sure to create a safe, comfortable place for your pet to relax with plenty of fresh food, water, and toys.
  • Unfamiliar faces can scare your pet. Be on the lookout for any tense or aggressive behavior.
  • Turkey bones are a choking hazard. Chocolate, onions, garlic, and raisins are all dangerous for our pets to ingest. Candies and gums with the artificial sweetener Xylitol can also be toxic to pets.
  • Alcohol should never be given to a pet, even a sip or two can be fatal.
  • Ensure your pet has some form of identification in case they get lost like an engraved tag with your contact number.
  • Plan well in advance if your dog is staying with a friend, a pet sitter, or at a boarding kennel during the holiday.

Pet owners can use the Animal Care Services veterinary search tool to find local providers. The ASPCA Pet Poison Control Center is also open during the holidays and they can be reached at 1-888-426-4435.

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Emily Ramirez is a Digital Producer trainee for KSAT 12. She has written and photographed for several magazines and newspapers, including San Antonio Magazine, Austin Monthly and the San Antonio Current. A proud San Antonio native and graduate of Southwestern University in Georgetown, she is now completing her M.A. at UTSA.