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COVER PHOTOGRAPHED BY RENEE SPADE COVER MODEL: WONTON (SEE PAGE 8)

07 Doggie Makeover 08 About the Cover Model 09 Thanksgiving Pet Safety 10 Dog Treats Recipe 11 Keeping Your Dog Safe 4

12 Thankful Pictorial 14 What’s That Lump? 17 Senior Pet Health 18 Dog Door Advertorial 20 Adoptable Pets

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21 22 Directory 23 Ask the Vet 24 Pet Puzzlers 26 Calendar of Events 28 The New Frontier It's Thanksgiving

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contributors LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER It's Turkey Day this month. Just saying the word turkey makes my dogs' mouths water. Our pictorial this month features reader's pets that they are thankful to have in their lives. This issue is also a "Pet"pourri of interesting and informative articles. Dr. Youssef, of North Star Animal Hospital, provides us with tips on how to keep Fido safe when riding along in the car. Dr. Leslie Hopes, of the San Antonio Humane Society, chips in with an article on how to keep your senior pet healthy. As always, we feature a full calendar of events that you can enjoy with your furry children. "Yappy" Thanksgiving,

Dana Raimondi

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.

contributing partners 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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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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Wonton is a sweet Shiba Inu mix that was saved from the streets of Houston in 2011 by the Shiba Inu Rescue. He quickly was adopted into the home of Mike and Kim of Pawderosa Ranch (Happy Dog Mom’s Day, Kim!). Since his temporary name didn’t really fit his personality, Mike and Kim started speaking words aloud. When he heard “Wonton”, his ears perked up and his tail started wagging! Choosing his own name is only one of his many talents. He is a smart boy that knows quite a few tricks… anything for a treat! He lives with his Shiba “sister” Foxy (cover model 2018), KitKit the cat, lots of chickens, Belted Galloway cattle, and a few thousand honeybees.

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Pawderosa Ranch is a Veteran- and San Antonian-owned Lodging and Daycare facility for dogs. We offer customized care and enrichment with a focus on activities that address the individual needs of each pet and benefits them mentally, physically, and socially. Full Service Grooming and Training is also available. Pawderosa Ranch has three locations: Near the San Antonio Airport, Downtown at Mission Reach, and in Schertz. Give us a call at 210.404.9941 or visit our website at www.WeLoveYourDog.net. We’d love to meet you and your pup! FOXY, SISTER OF COVER MODEL WONTON COVER AND INTERIOR PHOTOS BY RENEE SPADE PHOTOGRAPHY

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og sitting on leavesThanksgiving is a special holiday that brings together a few of our favorite things—family, friends, and food. While your furry friend may be an important member of the family, it’s important to remember there are some traditions Fido shouldn’t take part in this Thanksgiving.

According to Kit Darling, infection control coordinator at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, food outside of your pet’s routine diet is likely to cause digestive upset, and there are several holiday foods that are hazardous to pets. “Some rich foods may cause digestive problems or pancreatitis,” she said. “Do not allow your pets to ingest turkey skin or dark meat, turkey bones, garlic, sage, onions, grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, chocolate, bread dough, or the artificial sweetener xylitol.” Turkey and ham bones cause choking hazards and can splinter in the digestive tract, which could lead to an unplanned holiday trip to the emergency room. Fully cooked and boneless ham or turkey meat is OK to feed pets; however, owners should avoid feeding them anything with excess fat or seasoning. “As an alternative to Thanksgiving food, owners can give their pets their own treat or safe chew toy away from the food preparation and dinner,” Darling said.

Owners should also keep an eye on special holiday displays, which may attract the attention of your pet, as well. Pets should be kept away from pine cones,

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In addition, visitors can upset your pets, leaving them stressed or anxious during the holiday. A solution for this is to keep pets in a quiet room or crate with a treat or toy, according to Darling. “Thanksgiving can be stressful for you and your pets, with changes in their routine, visitors, and travel,” she said. “Remember to give your pet attention and provide them with a safe place to retreat to if things get too loud or intense. Before the holiday, it may be beneficial to give your pet the opportunity to be around people of all ages.” When visitors arrive or leave, Darling reminds owners to secure their pets to prevent them from running or sneaking out of the house. If your pet does happen to make a run for it, identification tags and microchips with current contact information will play a major role in their return home. By following these simple precautions, you can ensure your pet remains safe and happy this November. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, your pet will be forever thankful that you kept them healthy for the holiday season.

BY TEXAS A&M

Owners can stick to their pet’s typical diet by mixing a bowl of their normal food with lean, boneless and skinless pieces of turkey or ham. Fresh vegetables such as green beans or sweet potatoes will also make a great addition to your pet’s Thanksgiving feast.

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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/pettalk. Suggestions for future topics may be directed to editor@cvm.tamu.edu .

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keepingyourdogsafe In the Car

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oes your dog love going on car rides with you? Many of our canine patients jump for joy when they hear that telltale jingle of car keys. Just be sure to put your pup’s health and well-being first when you take him out and about. Read on as a local San Antonio, TX vet offers tips on keeping Fido safe in the car.

Keep Fido Crated We strongly recommend keeping dogs crated for travel. It’s much safer for both of you! You will need to do some training, first, to make sure Fido sees his crate as a comfy den, and not a doggy jail cell. This is well worth the effort! You’ll also see other products for doggy travel, such as hammocks, pet seat belts, and barriers. These may be comfortable and/or convenient, but many of them offer little or no protection in case of an accident. Do plenty of research before shopping.

Avoid Carsickness Just like people, dogs can be susceptible to carsickness. Don’t feed your pup just before going somewhere, and definitely don’t feed him while you are driving. If your canine pal seems thirsty, stop and get out when you give him water. Also, keep the A/C on, and crack a window.

Make Pit Stops This one of course mainly applies to longer trips. Make sure to stop every few hours so Fido can relive himself and stretch his legs.

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BY MINA YOUSSEF, DVM

No Window We know, many dogs love putting their heads out the window. This can be pretty cute to watch. However, it’s really not safe. Your pooch could easily get dust or insects in his eyes, ears, nose, or mouth. Plus, he would be extremely vulnerable in case of an accident. Fido could also step on the window control, and accidentally open or close the window. Needless to say, that could be very dangerous.

Never Leave Fido Unsupervised We can’t repeat this one enough. Never ever leave your dog in a car by himself. It’s extremely dangerous! Temperatures can reach deadly levels inside vehicles in just a few minutes. If Fido can’t go inside with you at your destination, leave him safe and sound at home. Please reach out to us, your San Antonio, TX vet clinic, for all your pup’s veterinary care needs. We’re dedicated to keeping your pet happy and healthy, and keeping that cute tail wagging.

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THANKFUL FOR OUR FUR BABIES THANKSGIVING THIS YEAR IS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING & REGULATION MY DAUGHTERS AND I ARE THANKFUL FOR THE TEN YEARS OF JOY THAT BISCUIT BUDDY MCGILLICUTTI BROUGHT TO US.

HILL COUNTRY PET RANCH I AM THANKFUL FOR BELLE BECAUSE SHE BRINGS JOY TO MY LIFE.

MISSIONVET I AM SO THANKFUL FOR ATALI BECAUSE HE HAS BROUGHT SO MUCH JOY TO ME AND MY FAMILY.

HILL COUNTRY PET RANCH I AM THANKFUL FOR HAILEY BECAUSE SHE BRIGHTENS UP MY KIDS DAY!

I AM THANKFUL FOR BUDDY & STEVIE BECAUSE THEY ALWAYS PUT A BIG SMILE ON MY FACE.

WE ARE THANKFUL HE IS A VERY SWEET DOG NOW AND HE DOESN'T BITE ANYONE ANYMORE.

HILL COUNTRY PET RANCH

MISSIONVET THANKFUL FOR MY LITTLE DAILY COMFORTER.

HILL COUNTRY PET RANCH

I AM THANKFUL THAT CHLOE IS IN OUR LIFE BECAUSE SHE’S A HAPPY A PUP WHICH MAKES THE FAMILY HAPPY.

I AM THANKFUL FOR CLYDE BECAUSE I CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON HIM.

MISSIONVET WE ARE THANKFUL FOR DOGMEAT BECAUSE OF HIS INTELLIGENCE AND PERSONALITY.

I AM THANKFUL FOR HIS SWEETNESS.

HILL COUNTRY PET RANCH WE ARE THANKFUL FOR DROVER’S BIG HEART.

I AM THANKFUL FOR EDDIE BECAUSE HE KEEPS ME ON MY TOES!

MISSIONVET I WOULDN'T BE ALIVE IF IT WASN’T FOR HIM.

WE ARE THANKFUL FOR OUR KOKI GIRL’S SILLY AND SASSY PERSONALITY.

I AM THANKFUL FOR HER UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.


THANKFUL FOR OUR FUR BABIES THANKSGIVING THIS YEAR IS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH

SHES ALWAYS BEEN THERE FOR ME AND I CAN ALWAYS DEPEND ON HER LOVE AND CUDDLES AT THE END OF THE DAY.

I AM THANKFUL FOR HER LOVE AND PUPPY CRAZINESS EVERY DAY.

THIS IS SPICY LOVIE AND HE KEEPS ME ON MY TOES, AND HIS TAIL IS CONSTANTLY WAGGING AND I LOVE IT!

MISSIONVET MY CUTE, HAPPY, FURRY SOULMATE TAKES MY STRESSES AWAY EVEN WHEN SHE IS LAYING ON CLEAN LAUNDRY.

I’M GRATEFUL FOR THE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE THEY GIVE

OLI'S PET STUFF HE ALWAYS SHOWS US UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.

I AM THANKFUL FOR NONI, BECAUSE SHE GIVES ME CONSTANT COMPANIONSHIP AND UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.

OLI'S PET STUFF I AM THANKFUL FOR OLIVER AND MUFFIN BECAUSE THEY COMPLETE MY FAMILY.

MISSIONVET

HILL COUNTRY PET RANCH I AM THANKFUL FOR PRINCESS FIONA BECAUSE SHE KEEPS ME WORM AT NIGHT.

I'M THANKFUL FOR THEM MAKING OUR HEARTS WHOLE AGAIN AFTER THE LOSS OF OUR FUR BABY LAST YEAR.

I AM THANKFUL THAT HE IS AN AWESOME BROTHER TO HIS FUR SISTER.

SUTRA CAME INTO MY LIFE AND MENDED MY BROKEN HEART AFTER LOSING MY BELOVED ANGELO.


what’sthatlump? CANINE MAST CELL TUMORS tumors are the most common skin tumors found on dogs. They arise from cells of Mastthe cellimmune system called mast cells.

BY MEGAN HOWARD, DVM (HEAD OF ONCOLOGY)

Normal mast cells are found in all tissues of the body but are concentrated in the skin, respiratory tract and digestive tract. They are particularly important in allergic reactions, but also important in tissue remodeling, wound healing, and non-allergic skin diseases. They contain granules with a number of substances including histamine, heparin, and other inflammatory substances. When mast cells become cancerous, they form tumors, usually in the skin, called mast cell tumors. These tumors range widely in their behavior - they can be relatively benign or highly malignant (very invasive and have the ability to spread to other places in the body). Dogs are usually middle-aged or older when they are diagnosed, though very young dogs may also be diagnosed. Some dog breeds, like Boxers, Pugs, Boston Terriers, Pitbulls and Labrador retrievers are more susceptible than others. Because of the inflammatory substances that they release, local irritation can be seen around the tumor, and the tumor itself can wax and wane in size because of associated inflammation. Owners may also notice their pets are itchier than usual and GI signs such as vomiting or diarrhea may be noted due to the effect of histamine on the GI tract. Often, the only sign of a mast cell tumor is a lump on the skin. The diagnosis of a mast cell tumor is often made by cytology, in which a sample of cells is taken by needle aspirate (where a thin, hollow needle is inserted into the mass for sampling) and sprayed on a slide to be evaluated under a microscope. In some cases, the diagnosis of mast cell tumor is made at surgery, when the tumor is removed and turned in for biopsy. The behavior of mast cell tumors is best predicted by grade. Grading of the tumors can only be done with surgical biopsy or excision, so we often cannot predict behavior until after the tumor has been removed, though rapidly growing tumors and very large or inflamed tumors

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tend to be more aggressive. Mast cell tumors are graded on a scale of 1-3. Grade 1 tumors are typically cured by surgical excision alone. Grade 2 tumors can be more difficult to predict. 65% are cured surgically but about 35% may recur or metastasize (spread). Grade 3 tumors are aggressive tumors. With this grade of mast cell cancer both recurrence and metastasis are likely. The outcome, even with surgery, is very poor and less than 10% dogs are likely to survive more than one year. The patient’s stage of cancer is determined by if and where the cancer has spread to. Mast cell tumors that do spread usually spread to draining lymph nodes first, then, typically, to the liver and/ or spleen so staging tests that may be recommended in some cases include assessing draining lymph nodes and an abdominal ultrasound to assess the liver and spleen. Surgery is the treatment of choice for mast cell tumors that have not spread. Usually, wide margins (2-3cm of normal skin around the tumor) are recommended for complete removal because mast cell tumors can be quite invasive. Depending on the grade and if the tumor is completely removed, additional treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy may be recommended. Dr. Howard graduated from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She completed her internship at Auburn University then returned to Texas A&M for her residency in medical oncology. Her interests include improving quality of life for patients undergoing cancer treatment and diagnostic cytology.

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a stand-alone. Thanks to its increasing popularity, it’s not difficult for pet owners to find a certified veterinary acupuncturist in their area. Many companies have recognized the need for and capitalized on the senior pet market with products to help keep your pet mobile. For large senior dogs who have difficulty rising, a hip sling can help prevent injuries to pet owners hoping to help lift their pet to their feet. If your pet loves car rides but can’t make the jump into the back seat, consider a ramp to help your pup continue as your copilot. Senior animals may also struggle with decreased vision and hearing. This behavior can sometimes be perceived by owners as their animal behaving stubbornly. But these animals are often scared and confused. Your pets will be looking to you to help them navigate this new stage of life. This may involve changing the signals or commands you give your pet or preventing your pet from bumping things by choosing not to rearrange furniture. Perhaps one of the most common issues faced by senior animals is dental disease. Although dental disease often begins to affect dogs and cats by the age of two or three, severe dental disease such as gum recession, jaw bone loss, and loose teeth are more often seen in senior animals. Tartar build-up or bacteria can lead to disease throughout the remainder of the body due to extensive blood located in the mouth. Dogs and cats will not tolerate dental x-rays and cleanings while awake. This means dental procedures require general anesthesia. In order to keep your pet safe and make sure all their organs are functioning properly prior to anesthesia, your veterinarian may recommend pre-anesthetic blood work. This blood work is important to ensure the best care for your beloved animal. Senior pets are some of my favorite animals because they are so loving. They are also so grateful for the love showered on them. Working as a shelter veterinarian, it’s difficult to see a senior pet come through our doors scared and alone. But one favorite part of my job is witnessing these gentle and kind souls’ adoption into a loving home. They may not always be bright and bouncy like their younger counterparts, but senior pets offer just as much unconditional love. Visit the San Antonio Humane Society to find the perfect senior pet for your family.

BY LESLIE HOPES, SAHS ASSOCIATE VETERINARIAN

As veterinary medicine continues to advance, pet owners are able to provide increasingly advanced care for their pets. This results in longer and healthier lives. Aging dogs and cats share similar health concerns experienced by aging humans. Some of the most common concerns include a senior pet’s mobility, vision, and hearing. Thankfully, products and therapies are available to help improve the quality of life for pets who have entered their golden years. Cats and dogs age at a faster rate than humans. An average accepted age for senior pets is around seven years of age. However, this number may be affected by size, breed, weight, and species. For example, a Great Dane may be considered a senior at the age of five, but a Chihuahua may not be considered a senior until the age of ten! Senior pets should eat a diet that is specially formulated for senior animals. Commercial senior pet foods have added omega fatty acids and supplements to support healthy joints. Senior foods also contain ingredients that support healthy brain function. This is beneficial for senior pets who may begin to experience confusion during later years of life. Please consult with your veterinarian if you are considering a change to your senior pet’s diet. Your veterinarian will help guide you to the best option for your pet’s lifestyle stage and give instructions on how to make the diet transition a smooth one. In addition to a balanced diet, supplements may also be beneficial to help keep Fido moving without pain. Arthritis does not evade our furry friends. Glucosamine and chondroitin have been developed in products that can be delivered to your pet on a daily basis in the form of a treat. If while out on your daily stroll you notice that your pup fails to have that regular pep in their step or you observe your feline not quite making the leap to the top of the cat tower, it may be time to talk to your veterinarian about adding a joint support supplement to your pet’s daily regimen. Many pet owners seek a more holistic approach for their animals. With the rise of acupuncture and herbs in veterinary medicine these owners are not to be disappointed. Veterinary acupuncture is a wonderful modality that offers healing and pain relief to animals. This can be combined with western medicine or used as

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They All Said I was Crazy for Getting a Pet Door, but Now I Have No Worries! BY JOHN MOYA

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hen I first started talking about getting a pet door, friends and family all said I was crazy. “Think of the animals you will be letting in! Think of the thieves that will have easy access to your home. You will not be able to sleep at night knowing that someone could crawl in and do very bad things to you or your family!” Between 3:30 AM and 5:00 AM, I could count on being licked in the face with the sound of whimpering in the background. Sebastian, my Golden, was telling me something…. he needed to go out! Being woken up from a good dream like this was not the way I wanted to spend the rest of Sebastian’s life. Sebastian was left inside in the nice comforts of my home while I was away at work. At that time, I worked at the airport and the daily commute was 35 minutes to my doorstep. This was before all the traffic lights and development on US 281. Upon arrival from work, he would run me over on his way to relieve himself. At times, I would find out that something did not agree with his stomach. An expensive call to Stanley Steamers usually occurred afterwards. 16

I received a phone call at work, “Sebastian ate the carpet—the whole carpet!” I can’t believe that I lived like this for years. I replaced door jambs from him scratching at the door wanting out. I replaced carpet due to his destruction. I have caught him in Kitty’s litter box (Yuck!). I have tried crating him only to give in to his whimpering. The loss of sleep was the last straw! Something had to be done! installed one of the best (if not the best) pet doors on the market that had dual security features and the maximum energy efficiency of any pet door on the market. Sleeping until I had to wake up for work was the biggest satisfaction that I got from it. Even Kitty got a pet door. Her litter box was moved to an empty closet and the poop eating contest was over for Sebastian. I never got an animal in the house that wasn’t supposed to be there. I didn’t have to rush home from work to see if there was a gift waiting for me to clean up. A would be thief would also have to think twice prior to entering. Judging from the pet door size, a German Shepard, Pit Bull, or a Rottweiler could be waiting. My friend’s and family’s concerns never occurred. If these events sound familiar, and you would like to stop the worries and stress over your pets, you may receive free information on the type of pet door that I installed. You may contact us directly at 210-464-8953 or by email at john@alamodogdoors.com. Some of your neighbors may alreadybe satisfied customers and I am sure that they would speak highly of their pet door and our installation services.

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ime for family, fun and lots of food! It can also be dangerous time for your dog if he eats foods that are harmful to him. Here are 8 holiday staples that are actually dangerous for your dog to consume.

8. TURKEY SKIN Turkey is a given at almost every Thanksgiving feast and you probably wouldn’t think of this one as bad. But aside from being high in fat, it is also covered with butter, spices, marinades, and oils that were used to cook the turkey. These are very hard for your dog to digest. It’s best to resist the urge to let your dog eat the turkey scraps that get left behind after carving, even though they may have a dynamite begging face. 7. SAGE This popular holiday seasoning tastes delicious in stuffing and on the turkey, but it actually contains essential oils that are dangerous for your dog and can cause indigestion and an upset stomach. 6. NUTS Macadamia nuts and walnuts are especially dangerous for dogs to consume. They can cause a toxic reaction within 12 hours of ingesting them, which consists of vomiting, an inability to stand, and tremors. Symptoms usually go away, but it can sometimes lead to deadly shock.

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2. BAKING ESSENTIALS: CHOCOLATE, DOUGH, AND BATTER Keeping your dog out of the kitchen while you prepare those delicious Thanksgiving desserts is a smart idea. Even small amounts of chocolate can harm them, and dough can actually rise inside of their bellies, which causes stomach pain for your precious pooch. Spare batter contains uncooked eggs, which are always a risk for Salmonella, something both you and your dog will want to avoid.

1. ONIONS AND GARLIC Another set of popular Thanksgiving ingredients, onions and garlic, are dangerous for your dog to get a hold of. All members of the onion family contain compounds that can damage your dog’s red blood cells and Garlic tends to be more toxic. Both can lead to anemia if ingesting in sufficient quantities and contrary to popular belief cooking them does not change that fact. Before you set the table for the big day, make sure to refer back to this list so your dog stays safe and happy during the holiday. Also, it is a good idea to let your holiday guests know of these potential threats as well – you don’t want Aunt Mae sneaking Fido something dangerous under the table during the big holiday meal! BY MARLENE RING

5. COOKED BONES Many may think that giving your dog the bone from the turkey or ham is an excellent way to include them in the holiday meal, but cooked bones prove to be more dangerous than they are delicious. Cooked bones could splinter inside your dog’s digestive tract and cause major internal problems. Avoid leaving cooked bones anywhere near your dog’s reach, and quickly dispose of any leftovers after the meal to avoid a costly trip to the vet and an unpleasant experience for your dog. 4. NUTMEG Sweet potatoes and pumpkin, in appropriate doses, are a healthy treat for your dog. But you will want to take special precautions and make sure that neither of those have nutmeg on them before feeding. Nutmeg can cause seizures if your dog consumes it alone or as an ingredient in sweet potatoes or pumpkin, and in extreme cases can even lead to death.

3. ALCOHOL Most dogs love the taste of alcohol, but no type of alcohol is good for them. Even small amounts of alcohol, especially beer, can cause life threatening toxicity. The hops in beer can cause an elevated body temperature, racing heart, vomiting, and sometimes even death in dogs. Resist the urge to share your adult beverage with your dog, and you will avoid unnecessary suffering and illness.

Marlene Ring is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). Her Dog Training business is PAWSitive Solutions.

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Q: I am constantly struggling with keeping my dog Spunky, who is a Lab and 7 years old in good weight. However, he seems to keep gaining weight and is about 3-4 pounds overweight. He is on the Sr. Diet and I give him minimum treats. Any other suggestions or any other reasons you think why he cannot keep the weight off?—Jen A: Weight gain can be a problem for many dogs, especially at middle age. First, a full exam and lab work (to include thyroid) by your veterinarian will rule out any underlying diseases. If okay, your veterinarian will discuss exercise and an appropriate diet (consider Metabolic Diet by Science Diet). You didn’t mention if there are any orthopedic conditions like hip dysplasia that could limit more exercise and weight loss. You should be able to work down the weight in a normal dog over 3.5 months safely.

Q: With Cedar Allergies in full swing, my Mixed breed dog seems to be feeling the effects. What are the best things I can give her or do you suggest taking her into the vet for a blood workup?—Monica A: Allergies are very common in our pets; you referenced cedar as one of them. Without testing we don’t know for sure what allergens the pet is susceptible to. Sometimes symptoms are associated with a certain period or season or symptoms can be food related. Antihistamines are generally ineffective, though we have had some luck with Zyrtec. Fatty acids are important, using them would be wise. Changing our environment or where we live is unlikely, bathing the pet weekly can help control allergens on the skin.

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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and 5K Run at Pfluger Park (515 City Park Rd, Pflugerville, TX) from 8AM-12PM. This event is for all fitness levels and age groups. There will be vendor booths, costume contests and gift basket raffles. All proceeds benefit Pflugerville Pets Alive! Tuesday, November 19th-3rd Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for Shelter Pets at Animal Defense League. Food prepared and served by Pawderosa Ranch. Call (210) 404-9941 to donate a meal. Saturday, November 23rd-Sewing for Kids: Pet Accessories at Abby’s Attic (2250 Thousand Oaks, Suite 208) from 12:303:30PM. A beginner sewing class where kids are shown how to safely and properly use a sewing machine and they can make collars, leashes, pet bowl placemats and more dog friendly items. Online price is $45 and walk in price is $49. Thursday, November 28th-The Great Turkey Challenge 5K and Turkey Trot at Commander’s House (622 S. Flores St.) from 6:30-11:30AM. Bring Fido to this annual run/walk on Thanksgiving morning. This family and pet friendly event is one of the few races through the King William District and Downtown San Antonio. Admission is varied based on registration, starting at $30 per adult and benefits the San Antonio Food Bank. Call 210-431-8309 for more information.

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Doggie daycare has been around for 30+ years. Though facilities have improved, not much has changed in the way of activities: dogs interact with each other and staff to have a fun-filled day. Ideally. For some dogs, traditional daycare is Heaven. For most, it can be a challenge. After 13 years of providing daycare to thousands of dogs, we’ve seen it all: Dogs that are easily overwhelmed by others, some overstimulated by the amount of activity going on around them, dogs that act out due to the stress they are feeling. It’s time for a change. Daycare 2.0, the new Frontier (Club): A holistic approach that benefits dogs by improving their social, mental and physical self through low-ratio, handson, canine enrichment. Days are filled with new activities to challenge the dogs and expose them to unique situations that they may not typically encounter: Scent Games, Basic Manners, Puzzle Time, K-9 Fitness, Arts & Crafts, to name a few. Socialization is a huge part of Frontier Club. Whereas our traditional daycare option involves larger playgroups, Frontier rotations max out at 5 dogs. This low-ratio environment encourages dogs to greet each other properly with manners and allows interactions with compatible dogs to build confidence and lessen anxiety. Shy dogs benefit from this slower introduction. Active pups benefit by pairing with like-minded buddies with whom they can wrestle and romp while also practicing how to settle and focus. One of the best things we’ve seen is that oftentimes, pups who have not been successful around other dogs elsewhere tend to find success within Frontier since the groups are small and highly structured.

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Cathy M. “We didn’t think [Frontier Club] would be much different than regular daycare, but we noticed [MayJune] was more playful, and eager to learn new things. MayJune is twelve. We want to make sure she stays active both physically and mentally as she enters her twilight years.” Javi C. “I’ve noticed that Niko and Sakari have improved on their obedience and [staff] helps me understand what they worked on so I can also continue that at home.”  Lisa A. Lisa likes that we "keep the playgroups small and the staff interaction high to ensure that all dogs have a positive experience and build confidence." Jax was a timid shelter pup and shortly after starting Frontier, Lisa noticed that Jax was “feeling much better all around!” and “[staff] wanted to make sure he had time to adjust to The Ranch and them before expecting too much from him.” Rather than keeping on the outskirts of the yard, Jax joined his small pack 3-4 of friends in the center. We celebrated the first time he jumped over hurdles and gained the confidence to climb the agility A-frame. Lisa is “convinced that without Pawderosa Ranch and the entire amazing staff that Jax would not have made the progress he has made to this point!”  We believe that dogs are born to have fun and all dogs should have the opportunity to enjoy life on their terms as far as they are comfortable. We are here to help that happen. Set up your pup for a lifetime of learning and success by joining our Frontier Family! Call 210.404.9941 or visit www.WeLoveYourDog.net

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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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Texas Dogs & Cats November 2019 – Thankful for Our Fur Babies  

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