March Is Pet Poison Awareness Month

Many of the items we have around our homes and yards can be highly toxic to our pets. Safe for humans doesn’t automatically mean safe for dogs and cats. Below are the most common culprits in pet poisoning incidents. In the Kitchen Your dog’s metabolism is very different from your own. Many foods commonly found in the kitchen are toxic for our pets. While some human foods can be safely shared with your pooch, avoid giving your pets any of the following: • Chocolate •

By |2019-03-10T13:31:20+00:00March 10, 2019|

Valentine’s Day Pet Pointers

February has long been celebrated as a month of romance. A great time to connect with those we love and create feelings of warmth in the middle of a cold winter. It’s also a good time to spoil our pets with love and affection. Unfortunately, some of our favorite romantic traditions can pose a threat to our furry friends. With a small dose of caution, Valentine’s Day can be as much fun for pets as it is for humans—as long as dangerous items are kept

By |2019-02-07T19:10:39+00:00February 07, 2019|

Did you know January is National Walk Your Dog Month?

Just like humans, our dogs need regular and consistent exercise to live a long healthy life. An estimated 54% of dogs and cats in the United States are considered obese. In addition to regulating diet, this could easily be prevented with proper exercise to avoid obesity related health problems for your pet. Exercise is good for all of us. It provides many health benefits that include keeping your pet healthy, agile, and limber. Regular exercise also supports healthy aging by easing chronic symptoms. A tired dog

By |2019-01-01T13:15:03+00:00January 01, 2019|

Baby It’s Cold Outside!

Baby it’s cold outside! My little terriers start to shiver when temps drop below 50 degrees. Every morning I layer them in their finest fleece sweaters, and off we go for a long walk. Do dogs really need protection from the cold? Dogs come equipped with fur which is in essence their own layering system. But a lot of pooches have short, light layers of fur and some are just not genetically well appointed to handle the cold winter temperatures of New England. Without an

By |2018-12-10T18:32:58+00:00December 10, 2018|

Thinking of Buying a Puppy This Holiday Season?

The holiday shopping season is officially upon us. Are you thinking of getting a puppy for the kids this year? Puppies are adorable! Everyone loves a squishy bundle of love! Before making the decision to get a puppy, take time to really think about what it means to bring a puppy into your household. Puppies require a lot of work. You will need time and energy to deal with housetraining and boundless puppy energy. Effective house training requires someone to be home to take out

By |2018-11-07T19:20:28+00:00November 07, 2018|

Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Halloween is right around the corner and the Heidi’s Hounds team is looking forward to seeing all the ghosts and goblins on the South Shore! The National Retail Federation states that pumpkins and hot dogs are the top two pet Halloween costume choices. Most pets are happiest wearing nothing but their birthday suits! However, if you choose a costume for your pet, introduce it to your pet slowly with plenty of treats and positive reinforcement. It’s advisable to start this process at least a week

By |2018-10-12T11:52:53+00:00October 12, 2018|

The End of Summer Blues

All good things must come to an end! As summer winds down, vacations end, and kids go back to school, keep in mind this time of year not only brings change in routine for humans, but for our furry friends as well. Dogs and cats grow accustomed to kids being home and the hustle and bustle of summertime fun around the house. Your pets may experience separation anxiety when kids go back to school and mom and dad go back to work. You may notice

By |2018-09-04T21:23:25+00:00September 04, 2018|

Summertime Safety For Your Pets

It’s summer in New England; this is a great time to maximize outdoor fun with your pooch!  Walk or exercise your dog early in the day: Temperatures are coolest in the early morning hours.  This is a great time of day to get outside with your pooch before the heat makes exercise too dangerous for him.  You’ll often see me and my terriers enjoying a long hike in World’s End at sunrise.  Dogs get sunburn: If your pooch is out during peak sun hours of

By |2018-07-09T19:07:57+00:00July 09, 2018|

Pets and Hot Cars

Summer is right around the corner in New England and this is a good time to remind all pet owners not to leave your pets in the car on a hot summer day. Sadly, hundreds of pets die annually from heat exhaustion because they are left in parked vehicles. Unlike humans, dogs are unable to sweat. They rely mainly on their respiratory tract to dissipate heat by panting. Dogs with more nasal surface area are more efficient at dissipating heat vs. smush faced breeds (like

By |2018-06-11T20:17:18+00:00June 11, 2018|

Automobile Safety For Your Pooch

Spring has finally sprung on the south shore! And with the spring weather comes all the happy dogs with their heads out car windows; ears flapping in the breeze and lips curled back from the wind. They look so happy they actually seem to be smiling! Even though the look of ecstasy on Fido’s face is undeniable, we really need to consider the safety of our pets when they are in this precarious position. Contemplate this; when humans get into a car we fasten our

By |2018-05-07T21:41:59+00:00May 07, 2018|
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