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SAN ANTONIO’S PREMIER PET MAGAZINE

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The Happiest Place in the Galaxy®

WHAT DO DOGS WANT FOR CHRISTMAS?

SEE P. 8 & 9


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COVER PHOTOGRAPHED BY RENEE SPADE COVER MODELS: GABBY, REIN & MOCHA (SEE PAGE 8)

07 Doggie Makeover 08 About the Cover Models Do Dogs Want 09 What For Christmas? 10 Dog Treats Recipe 11 Happy Howl-iday Pictorial 4

14 Common Holiday Hazards 16 The Threat of Distemper 20 Adoptable Pets Outdoor Pets 21 Keep Safe and Warm

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PUBLISHER/EDITOR

Dana Raimondi Tel: 210-436-9009 dana.texasdogsandcats@gmail.com

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

advertising inquiries to Dan Greenhouse (630) 220-2911 or dana.texasdogsandcats@gmail.com

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Fran Sherman 314.275.2208 fran@shermanstudios.com

GRAPHIC DESIGNER Barbara Negron

PHOTOGRAPHER

Renee Spade Photography Tel: 210-254-4255 renee@reneespadephotography.com

CONTRIBUTING PARTNERS Veronica Araiza Dr. Leslie Hopes Dr. Lauren Severns

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22 Pet Directory 23 Ask the Vet 24 Pet Puzzlers 26 Calendar of Events 28 2019 Holiday Gift List

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Dr. Jeannie Clark Esquire Editors Frank Haegeland Dr. Leslie Hopes Dr. Dan Kirby Shannan Lamb Parker Hilary Sandoval Texas A&M

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contributors LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER It's Christmas time in the city. Please see our calendar of events that you and your furry children can enjoy together this holiday season. We present a number of useful articles during this joyous occasion. The Esquire editor presents the eleven best gifts to give dog lovers for Christmas 2019. We proudly present our annual "howl"iday pet pictorial provided by our readers and advertisers. An article of great interest is, Dr. Jeannie Clark's writing about common holiday hazards and how to avoid a trip for your beloved pet during festivities. Dr. Clark is head of Emergency and Critical Care at MissionVet Specialty & Emergency. Distemper in dogs is the topic discussed by Dr. Leslie Hopes, veterinarian at San Antonio Humane Society. Finally, Texas A&M gives us advice on keeping outdoor pets safe during these upcoming winter months. Happy "Howl"idays to All!

Dana Raimondi

Tell our advertisers you heard about them in Texas Dogs & Cats–San Antonio! The opinions of authors of articles in this Magazine are those of the writer or contributor and are not necessarily endorsed by the publisher, and the publisher has not confirmed the accuracy of information contained in articles.

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DANA RAIMONDI is the publisher of Texas Dogs & Cats Magazine. She is a recent transplant to San Antonio from “the Windy City” but has become an admirer of the San Antonio cultural scene. Although a CPA, her true passion in life is the caring and welfare of animals. FRAN SHERMAN has been a freelance creative director/graphic designer since 1985. Throughout these years, she has designed a myriad of materials for a staggering number of companies, and she has won numerous graphic design awards for her work, many of them for magazine/publication design. RENEE SPADE is the owner of Renee Spade Photography. She has been spreading furry joy to pet parents with her photography/graphic design services and super-fun pet product line, The Jack & Spade Collection since 2005. DR. DAN KIRBY, DVM, graduated Cum Laude from Texas A&M with a degree in Biomedical Science in 1979 and earned his DVM in 1984. Dr. Kirby has been the owner and director of Alamo Heights Pet Clinic since 1997. He uses both a conventional and a holistic approach to medicine. DAN GREENHOUSE , Sales Director, graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has been in magazine advertising sales his entire career. He currently is the “daddy” of two Bearded Collies and “grandpa” to an Italian Greyhound.

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DR. LESLIE HOPES joined the San Antonio Humane Society in October of 2017. She is proud to call Baton Rouge, Louisiana her home. She attended LSU for her undergraduate and veterinary school where she received her DVM in May 2015. Dr. Hopes completed her internship in shelter medicine in Madison, WI. VERONICA PEREZ is the PR Associate for the San Antonio Humane Society and has been with the organization since 2016. She is UTSA alumni and a native to San Antonio. She currently lives under a full roof with her husband, son, two dogs, and cat, Chewie.

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Gabby, Rein & Mocha at Pet Galaxy

GABBY – A ONE YEAR OLD STANDARD POODLE. SHE JUST FINISHED GRADUATION FROM TRAINING HERE AT PET GALAXY AND MOM IS SO PROUD OF HER WONDERFUL, SMART LITTLE GIRL.

REIN – REIN IS A 4 ½ YEAR OLD PITBULL MIX. HE WAS PULLED FROM THE ANIMAL SHELTER AND SELECTED TO ATTEND A TRAINING ACADEMY. IN THE PROCESS OF GOING THROUGH THE TRAINING PROGRAM, THIS VERY SPECIAL, GENTLE BOY FOUND HIS FOREVER LOVING HOME.

MOCHA – IS A 13 YEAR OLD TERRIER MIX. SMALL IN STATURE BUT HUGE IN PERSONALITY. SHE WAS ALSO A RESCUE AND HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO THROUGH TRAINING AND FIND THE PERFECT FAMILY.

COVER AND INTERIOR PHOTOS BY RENEE SPADE PHOTOGRAPHY

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WHAT DO DOGS WANT FOR CHRISTMAS?

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depressed, shy and fearful dogs that the company’s trainers and behavior modification specialists are utilizing the playcare as an integral part of their famous Training and Behavior Modification practice. So, what do dogs want for Christmas? We propose that the best and happiest gift for anyone’s furry friend is one of Pet Galaxy’s popular 10-day, 15-day or 20-day punch cards for the company’s Daycare. The punch cards can be purchased with or without transportation. If you choose daycare with transportation, a uniformed Pet Galaxy driver will show up at your home at a prearranged time between 6am-9am to pick up your furry baby, and will drop off your happy and satisfied four legged friend at your home in the afternoon or evening at a pre-arranged time between 4pm-7pm. The transportation option now covers most of Comal County plus North Central Bexar County north of Hwy 1604, and utilizes custom designed Mercedes vans and large city buses specifically upfitted for maximum safety for transporting dogs. Please call Pet Galaxy’s front desk today at (830)885-5335 for more information. Pet Galaxy Doggieland® - The Happiest Place in the Galaxy®.

BY FRANK HAEGELAND, OWNER, PET GALAXY

reats? A new leash? A new collar? A sweater? A crate, ball, frisbee, harness, or perhaps a trip to Disneyland®? While we have never known a dog to turn down a delicious treat, and though a ball might be a popular gift for many puppies, the good people of Pet Galaxy believe they have the ultimate present for any dog. Pet Galaxy is located on an eight-acre campus in Spring Branch, Texas within the San Antonio Metro area. Rather than forcing one large group of dogs to try to have fun in a too small restrictive play area frequently limited to an indoor room, Pet Galaxy sequences multiple smaller groups through several outdoor play areas, the largest of which is one acre in size, complete with an in-ground pool and plenty of oak trees for shade. Every play group is carefully selected based on who likes to play with who. In addition, each group is accompanied by one or more professional handlers to supervise that everyone is having a wonderful time, and gets a chance to participate in the various exciting enrichment activities. Over the past 10+ years, this therapeutic approach to playcare has proven itself to provide so much healing, fun and exercise for even the most insecure,

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estive food, decorations, and gatherings provide plenty of opportunities for your pet to get themselves into a sticky situation, and veterinary hospitals typically experience a rise in emergency visits around the holidays. Don’t let a pet emergency ruin your holiday fun; keep your pet safe by avoiding these common holiday hazards.

Toxic foods Holiday gatherings often center around an indulgent meal, and pets that are treated to leftovers can suffer disastrous consequences. Turkey and ham scraps contain high levels of fat and salt, and can cause severe inflammation of the pancreas. Pets with pancreatitis often require hospitalization with intravenous fluids and medications to recover from severe vomiting and abdominal pain, and can develop chronic conditions, such as diabetes or inadequate digestive enzyme production. Prevent this life-threatening disease by resisting your pooch’s puppy dog eyes, and offer them a pet-safe treat instead. Clean up leftovers immediately, and throw away all refuse, including bones and scraps, in a pet-proof outdoor trash container.

BY JEANNIE CLARK, DVM (HEAD OF EMERGENCY & CRITICAL CARE)

There are a number of other holiday food ingredients that can be toxic to pets, including: • Chocolate • Raisins • Macadamia nuts • Xylitol (a common sugar substitute) • Raw yeast dough Ingestion of even a small amount of a toxic food can be dangerous, so keep your pet safe by feeding them only petsafe food and treats, and never leaving toxic foods out where they can get to them. Houseguest hazards Holiday houseguests may not understand the potentially disastrous consequences of letting your cat slip out through the front door or sneaking your dog treats from the dinner table. Ensure all guests know the house rules, or keep your pet safely confined to a quiet room or her crate during the festivities. According to the ASPCA’s animal poison control center, prescription and over-the-counter human medications are the number one cause of pet toxicities. Remind your overnight guests to keep all medications out of your pet’s reach. Disastrous decorations Your pet may assume your perfectly decorated Christmas tree is a gigantic jungle gym that you’ve erected just for

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them, so take care to avoid these potential dangers: Electric cords — If your pet chews on an electric cord, they could be electrocuted or suffer burns to their mouth and face. Breakable ornaments — Hang breakable ornaments from higher branches where your curious cat can’t bat them off and end up with

a nasty cut. Salt dough ornaments — If your pet ingests even a small dough ornament it can cause severe increases in sodium levels that can lead to severe and life-threatening neurological symptoms. Tree water — Christmas tree water can contain pesticides that leach out of the tree, additives to keep the tree looking fresh and green, or dangerous bacteria levels that can make your pet sick.

Poisonous plants Many of the plants commonly used to deck the halls can be toxic if your pet eats part of one. Cats are often attracted to plants, but keep poisonous varieties, such as mistletoe, holly, balsam, pine, and cedar, away from all pets. Place arrangements out of reach or opt for artificial greenery instead. MissionVet is open for walk-in emergencies from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, and can treat your pet when your regular veterinary hospital is closed. Contact us at 210-737-7373 if you think your pet may have gotten themselves into an emergency situation. Dr. Jeannie Clark is the Head of Emergency and Critical Care at MissionVet Specialty & Emergency. Dr. Clark completed her undergraduate degree at Texas A&M, her veterinary degree at Western University of Health Sciences, and an internship and 3-year residency in emergency and critical care at Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists. She also enjoys giving back to her community as the K9 Special Ops Unit Veterinary Medical Director for District 7 Fire & Rescue.

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BY LESLIE HOPES, SAHS ASSOCIATE VETERINARIAN

he threat of infectious diseases is ever-present at an animal shelter. There are many proactive steps taken in order to attempt to ward off these threats including vaccinating on intake, isolation of sick animals upon intake, and proper personal protective equipment. Distemper virus in dogs is one of the infectious diseases that can spread through a shelter and wreak havoc due to its prolonged incubation and shedding period. Distemper virus is a virus that attacks multiple body systems including the gastrointestinal, respiratory, integumentary, and neurologic. The distemper virus can spread through air droplets from coughs or sneezes or through shared water bowls or blankets. The incubation period for distemper can range anywhere from days to weeks. This means that an animal may come into the shelter appearing perfectly healthy, but still be a carrier of the disease. Until they begin to show symptoms, they are presumed to be healthy and may be allowed to co-mingle with many other animals in playgroups or on walks. When dogs are admitted to a shelter, they receive a vaccine labeled for distemper-adeno-parainfluenza and parvovirus. This is a standard vaccination that is administered to all dogs and puppies to help protect against disease. This vaccine reaches peak protective levels in the animal’s body in approximately 3-5 days. This early protection time is great, especially in a shelter setting, but a period of time still exists when an animal is still considered ‘at risk’ if exposed to any of the aforementioned diseases. As distemper can affect multiple body systems, the signs of this illness are not always obvious but there are some main clues a dog may have distemper. A dog with thick colored nose or eye discharge is often

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more suspicious for distemper than the average kennel cough case. Other signs can be very mild changes in appetite to complete anorexia or vomiting. If the virus has begun to attack the skin, the dog’s paw pads and nose may become dry and crusty. The most severe form of the disease occurs when the virus begins to attack the neurologic system. Dogs that have entered this stage may develop seizures or twitches depending on how much damage the virus has caused. To prevent further spread of disease, dogs displaying signs that are consistent with distemper should be isolated from healthy dogs. There is not a single cureall for distemper as the virus attacks the host animal’s immune system. The standard of care for dogs that are diagnosed with or thought to have distemper is supportive care. Supportive care includes administering fluids to maintain proper hydration levels, medications for pain and nausea, and antibiotics to cover secondary bacterial infections. The goal of supportive care is to keep the animal eating and drinking and allow their immune system to combat the virus. When it comes to sanitizing the affected pet’s environment, the distemper virus is fairly easy to kill with normal sanitation. However, a dog that recovers from distemper can continue to shed the virus for months following their recovery. This prolonged shedding makes this virus difficult in terms of preventing disease for other dogs and managing a large population. The severity of this disease reinforces the need for pet owners to continually keep their pets up to date on their vaccines. If you’re looking for lowcost wellness care solutions, please consider taking advantage of the San Antonio Humane Society’s low-cost wellness services. Find more info at SAhumane.org.

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inter weather can be both uncomfortable and dangerous for pets that spend a majority of their time outdoors. January and February are often the coldest months of the year, so it is important to be prepared to keep pets comfortable and safe during the cold temperatures.

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it’s protected from water, wind, and drafts,” Rutter said. “It’s very important that if you provide your pet with a heat source, that it not be a fire, carbon monoxide, or anything that could be an electrocution risk.” She recommends using rice or oat bags that have been warmed, as long as they are not hot enough to cause burns. Rutter also reminds pet owners that some common winter items, including sidewalk salt, de-icing fluids, and chemicals for winterizing pipes, can be toxic to dogs and cats. If a pet will be outside for a short period of time, such as for exercise, owners can take several steps to ensure the pet stays warm and comfortable. Rutter advises drying pets off after exercise, protecting their feet with boots or a waxy layer, and dressing them in a coat to help with heat retention. Even if you do not have a pet that stays outside, you can help keep stray animals and neighbors’ pets safe during the winter. Rutter said temporary shelters can be made out of storage bins or travel kennels. She also recommends banging on car hoods before starting the engine, because cats may have crawled under the hood for warmth. Pet Talk is a service of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Stories can be viewed on the web at vetmed.tamu.edu/ pet-talk. Suggestions for future topics may be directed to editor@cvm.tamu.edu.

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Cold weather affects pets the same way it does people, said Dr. Christine Rutter, a clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. She recommends bringing pets inside whenever it is cold enough that people feel uncomfortable outside. If pets are left in the cold with no protection, serious health issues can occur. “The majority of cold weather related illnesses have to do with exposure to the cold itself,” Rutter said. “In some climates, generalized hypothermia and frostbite of toes, ears, lips, the nose, and the tail can certainly occur.” She said that hypothermia may cause pets to seem mentally dull or antisocial while frostbite shows up as swollen, red lesions. Frostbite does not occur at a specific temperature, but rather results from a combination of cold weather, heat loss, and decreased blood flow. According to Rutter, some pets are especially sensitive to cold weather, including older animals, newborn animals, underweight and small animals, and those with shaved fur. If it is not possible to bring a pet into the house during cold weather, there are several options for keeping them safe and warm. Rutter recommends using a garage or mud room for a pet shelter, as long as any trash and hazardous chemicals are inaccessible. She also said a small shelter, such as a dog house, can be filled with bedding to keep the animal warm. “The key is that it has a small entrance and exit and that

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PET DIRECTORY OF SAN ANTONIO ANIMAL HOSPITALS & VETERINARY SERVICES

The Pup Stop............................ 2

4 Paws Animal Hospital............. 2

CAR DEALERSHIPS

North Star Animal Hospital..... 19

North Park Subaru...................IFC

Penny Paws Animal Clinic........ 19

GROOMING SERVICES

EMERGENCY & SPECIALTY Missionvet Specialty & Emergency............................. 15 BANKS Frost Bank............................... 19 BOARDING KENNELS & DAYCARE FACILITIES Bluebonnet Bunk n Biscuit......... 3 Grooming by Gloria.................. 2 Hill Country Pet Ranch............... 3 K9 Country Club & Training Academy.................. 18

Barbara’s Canine Clip “n" Bows... 3 Bluebonnet Bunk n Biscuit......... 3 Boerne Grooming..................... 7

Pawderosa Ranch (2 Locations). 1 Pawsitive Solutions.................. 19 Pet Galaxy......................... 25, BC San Antonio Humane Society.. 17 Sit Means Sit.............................. 3 PET MORTUARY AND CREMATION SERVICES/HOSPICE

Hill Country Pet Ranch............... 3

Bluebonnet Pet Crematory...... 23

K9 Country Club & Training..... 18 North Star Animal Hospital.... 19

PHOTOGRAPHERS

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Pet Galaxy......................... 25, BC

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The Pup Stop............................ 2 MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS Dr. Patricia Dinger...................... 2 NOT FOR PROFIT

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San Antonio Humane Society.. 17

Pet Galaxy......................... 25, BC

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*ALL BUSINESSES IN OUR DIRECTORY/MAGAZINE ARE PET FRIENDLY AND HELP SUPPORT THE ANIMAL COMMUNITY OF SAN ANTONIO. PLEASE PATRONIZE THESE PET FRIENDLY SA ORGANIZATIONS.

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Q: Has there been Lyme disease diagnosed in dogs in San Antonio?

has been no history of exposure to ticks. Prevention involves vaccination and tick control. Some of the tick control products include K9 Advantix®, Frontline Tritak®, and NexGard®.

A: Yes, Actually Lyme disease in dogs has been diagnosed in all states. Lyme disease is caused by a spirochete (bacteria like organism) and spread by deer ticks. A dog or person can be infected by the bite of the nymph or mature tick, especially if attached for 48 hours. Symptoms in dogs include fever, increased lymph node size, lameness or joint swelling, and sometimes a decrease in appetite. Your veterinarian can test for tick diseases with appropriate bloodwork, and then he/she will discuss treatment with doxycycline for 30 or more days. Most resolve without issue while there can be a few that become chronic in nature. In some cases of Lyme disease there

Q. Do you recommend giving pigs ears to your dogs? A: I’m not fond of pig ears though they can be given in moderation. There is a concern about salmonella contamination with them. Also, make sure the pig ears are processed in the USA. They are not good for overweight dogs and dogs with history of pancreatitis. Remember to always supervise so your dog does not swallow too much or choke. Dr. Kirby graduated Cum Laude from Texas A&M with a degree in Biomedical Science in 1979 and earned his DVM in 1984. Dr. Kirby has been the owner and director of Alamo Heights Pet Clinic since 1997. His veterinary interests are surgery, internal medicine, ultrasonography, and rehabilitation therapy. He uses both a conventional and a holistic approach to medicine. Dr. Kirby treats dogs, cats, birds and exotics. Alamo Heights Pet Clinic: (210) 821-5544. Please email all questions for Dr. Kirby to Dana.texasdogsandcats@gmail.com.

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Penny Paws offers affordable cat and dog vaccinations, microchipping services, heartworm testing and prevention, flea and tick prevention and toenail trimming. They have a licensed veterinarian on site at each location. For more information, and additional locations, visit their website at https://pennypaws.com/sanantonio/ Saturday, December 7th 9-11am Advance Auto 8603 Culebra Rd, San Antonio, TX 78251 9-11am Advance Auto 8650 Marbach Rd, San Antonio, TX 78227 9-4pm 99 Cent Store 2942 Thousand Oaks, San Antonio, TX 78247 12-2pm Cricket Wireless 3021 West Ave, San Antonio, TX 78201 12-2pm Advance Auto 919 Bandera Rd Ste 104, San Antonio, TX 78228 3-5pm Family Dollar 5523 Babcock Rd, San Antonio, TX 78240 3-5pm Helotes Humane Society 10671 Shaenfield Rd. San Antonio, TX 78254 Sunday, December 8 10-4pm Walmart 10781 Toepperwein Rd, Converse TX 78109 10-4pm Walmart 1515 S Ellison Dr, San Antonio, TX 78245 th

Saturday, December 14th 9-11am Walmart 1515 S Ellison Dr 78245 9-4pm 99 Cent Store 2942 Thousand Oaks, San Antonio, TX 78247 12-2pm Family Dollar 6415 Spring Time Dr, San Anotnio TX 78249 3-5pm Family Dollar 5202 Eisenhauer Rd, San Antonio, TX 78218

Sunday, December 15th 9-11am CVS 4100 De Zavala Rd, Shavano Park, TX 78249 9-11am Esplanade Gardens 10790 Toepperwein Rd, Converse, TX 78109 12-2pm Family Dollar 5120 N Foster Rd, San Antonio, TX 78244 12-2pm Advance Auto 10554 Culebra Road, San Antonio, TX 78251 3-5pm 99 Cent Store 4350 Callaghan Rd, San Antonio, TX 78228 3-5pm Family Dollar 8916 Perrin Beitel, San Antonio, TX 78217 Saturday, December 21st 9-11am Advance Auto 8603 Culebra Rd, San Antonio, TX 78251 9-11am Advance Auto 8650 Marbach Rd, San Antonio, TX 78227 9-4pm 99 Cent Store 2942 Thousand Oaks, San Antonio, TX 78247 12-2pm Cricket Wireless 3021 West Ave San Antonio, TX 78201 12-2pm Advance Auto 919 Bandera Rd Ste 104, San Antonio, TX 78228 3-5pm Family Dollar 5523 Babcock Rd, San Antonio, TX 78240 3-5pm Shops of Sandy Oaks 3712 New Elmendorf, TX 782112

Saturday, December 28th 9-11am Walmart 1515 S Ellison Dr 78245 9-4pm 99 Cent Store 2942 Thousand Oaks, San Antonio, TX 78247 12-2pm Family Dollar 6415 Spring Time Dr, San Anotnio TX 78249 3-5pm Family Dollar 5202 Eisenhauer Rd, San Antonio, TX 78218 Sunday, December 29th 9-11am CVS 4100 De Zavala Rd, Shavano Park, TX 78249 9-11am Esplanade Gardens 10790 Toepperwein Rd, Converse, TX 78109 12-2pm Advance Auto 10554 Culebra Road, San Antonio, TX 78251 12-2pm Family Dollar 5120 N Foster Rd, San Antonio, TX 78244 3-5pm 99 Cent Store 4350 Callaghan Rd, San Antonio, TX 78228 3-5pm Family Dollar 8916 Perrin Beitel, San Antonio, TX 78217

Wednesday, December 4th-Pet Night with Santa at Luther’s Café (1503 N Main Ave) from 6-9pm. Bring the pooch to Luther’s and get a photo with Santa for $7 or a new unwrapped toy.

Jingle Bell Run at Incarnate Word (4301 Broadway) from 3-6pm. This is a dog friendly event. Please call (210) 201-7975 for more information.

Thursday, December 5th-Christmas Santa Photos at Hill Country Pet Ranch (518 State Highway 46 E, Boerne) from 6-8pm. Free pet photos with Santa! Refreshments served for people and pets. Donations will be accepted for local shelters.

Tinsel & Tails Adoption Event at Whole Earth Provision Co. (255 E Basse Rd.) from 11am-3 pm. Many of SNIPSA’s adoptable puppies, dogs and cats will be making an appearance at our Tinsel & Tails adoption event at Whole Earth Provision. For more information, visit, www.snipsa.org.

Friday, December 6th-First Friday Paw-ty at Burgerteca (403 Blue Star, St 105) from 5-7pm. Co-hosted by San Antonio Pets Alive!, bring your furry friend or adopt one on site and relax on patio with a $7 Salty Dog Cocktail. 100% of all proceeds from cocktails will go to SAPA!

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Sunday, December 22nd 10-4pm Walmart 10781 Toepperwein Rd, Converse TX 78109 10-4pm Walmart 1515 S Ellison Dr, San Antonio, TX 78245

Saturday, December 7th

Photos with Santa at Petco (11398 Bandera Rd. #403) from 1-4pm. Come help the Helotes Humane Society and get your pets photo taken with Santa on the 7th, 14th or 15th. For a $9.95 donation, you get a photo of your furry family member and help the Helotes Humane Society raise money in their mission to help animals.

Santa Paws & Yappy Hour at The Dominion Country Club (1 Dominion Dr.) from 10am-12pm. Santa will be available to take pictures with you and your fur baby. This is a complimentary event for all members and non members. Call (210) 698-4865 to RSVP.

Sunday, December 8th-Arfordable’s Woof and Wag Dog Walk: Holiday Edition at Pearl Stable (307 Pearl Parkway) from 5:307:30pm. Walk starts at 6pm. Enjoy the holiday lights at the beautiful Pearl Brewery followed by leisurely walk on the San Antonio River Walk’s Museum Reach Exrtension.

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calendarofevents Saturday, December 14th Santa Claus is coming to 4 Paws Animal Hospital for its 4 Paws Paw-liday Paw-ty & 5th Annual Ugly Sweater Contest (3630 SE Military Dr., Unit 100) from 2pm-5pm. There will be Santa Pictures and prizes awarded for ugliest pet sweater and more!! For more information, call 4 Paws at (210) 337-1919 or visit online at www.4paws-vet.com.

Sunday, December 15th- Photos with Santa at Petco (11398 Bandera Rd. #403) from 1-4pm. Come help the Helotes Humane Society and get your pets photo taken with Santa on the 7th, 14th or 15th. For a $9.95 donation, you get a photo of your furry family member and help the Helotes Humane Society raise money in their mission to help animals. Saturday, December 21st

Santa Paws Parade & Costume Contest at Hemisfair (630 E. Nueva St.) from 11am-1pm. Tickets are sold via Eventbrite for $10-$15. Entry to the festival is free, and early dog registration for the Santa Paws Parade and costume contest starts at $10. Photos with Santa at Petco (11398 Bandera Rd. #403) from 1-4pm. Come help the Helotes Humane Society and get your pets photo taken with Santa on the 7th, 14th or 15th. For a $9.95 donation, you get a photo of your furry family member and help the Helotes Humane Society raise money in their mission to help animals.

Neiman Marcus Holiday Adoption Event at the Shops at La Cantera from 12pm-4pm. Stop by to see adoptable dogs, or bring your pup for a photo with Santa. All photo proceeds will benefit SNIPSA, and Neiman Marcus will donate $50 to SNIPSA for every dog adopted.

Winter Puppy Brunch at Snooze Vineyard (1305 N. Loop 1604 W.) from 10am-1pm. Join SNIPSA and Snooze for mimosas and an adoption event.

SAFCC is hosting a Christmas Bazarr at Harmony Hills Cabana (339 Fantasa Dr.) from 12-4PM. There will be catthemed gifts for everyone’s 2-legged and 4-legged feline friends! Refreshments, raffles and even kittens for adoption! Proceeds will go towards our Cat Crisis Fund that helps pay vet bills for sick or injured outside cats. For more info call: 210-877-9067.

Dog Days: Deck the Paws at San Antonio Botanical Gardens (555 Funston Pl) from 9am-5pm. It’s a dog friendly weekend at the Botanical Garden with water bowls for our furry friends. Animal Defense League will be onsite on Saturday from 10am2pm. Proceeds from the weekend benefit local animal charities.

Holiday Season Open House at K9 Country Club (31305 Oak View, Bulverde) from 9AM-1PM. There will be extra savings in the Pro Shop and a chance to win a golden ticket for the brand new groomer. Call (830) 980-8476 for more details.

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Your dog needs exercise! •

All dogs need plenty of exercise. If they don’t get it, they will develop bad habits such as chewing on furniture, socks and shoes, or dig up flowerbeds. They may even get depressed, and become really mischievous and unreliable.

Spending 30 minutes to an hour walking to the park with a dog walker, although better than nothing, doesn’t provide much exercise for a pooch, and receiving a picture of where your baby pooped may make you feel better, but it doesn’t do much for your dog.

Introducing Pet Galaxy’s Doggieland® Daycare and Door to Door Service •

For roughly the same money you would spend on 30 minutes for a dog walker’s time, we will pick up your fur-babies from your home in the morning, transport them to Pet Galaxy’s large Doggieland® play park for the entire day, where they can enjoy the park and play with compatible, like-minded dogs. Once they have experienced enough play, they will come inside for an all-important nap before they go back out for more fun again. At the end of the day, we will bring your happy and satisfied babies back home.

Prices start at $24.75 for all day daycare plus $5.00 each way for the bus ticket — flat rate. Our initial target areas are primarily neighborhoods north of Loop 1604 along the Hwy 281 corridor, including Stone Oak, Encino, Canyon Springs, Timberwood Park, Johnson Ranch and Bulverde/Spring Branch.

On request — for an extra charge, we can even serve lunch and/or dinner, administer medications, provide Bath, Brush and Nails service and/or a full groom.

And, of course, if needed — your pet is always welcome to spend the night (or longer stays) with us.

Call us today about Doggieland® Daycare and Door to Door Service! 13060 US Highway 281 N, Spring Branch, TX 78070

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