Tick Tips

Despite the chilly New England spring weather, plenty of our clients are finding ticks on their pets. Not only are these insidious pests unpleasant, but there is much about them most people don’t understand. There are many different species in New England so it is best to consult with your vet on the best way to keep your dogs and cats safe. DISPELLING THE MYTHS   Ticks Die After the First Frost  Not True! As long as temperatures are not below freezing, deer ticks remain

By |2018-04-09T20:24:28+00:00April 09, 2018|

Spring Tips for Your Pets

The official start of spring on the South Shore will be upon us in just a few weeks! Temperatures will begin to remain favorable and outdoor activities will return full tilt.  And with the glorious Spring weather, new hazards arise for our domestic pets. Get Back on Track with Heartworm Prevention One of the single, largest dangers to the health of our domestic pets is heartworm disease.  These opportunistic worms spread through mosquito bites and can significantly damage the health of infected pets. Heartworms are

By |2018-03-13T10:37:39+00:00March 13, 2018|

Winter Exercise for Your Pooch

It sure feels like it’s been a long winter on the South Shore.  I really miss all the outdoor time with my dogs.  Unfortunately, we’ve got to persevere a little longer before Mother Nature turns up the heat. Winter walks with your dog can be beautiful, but I’m not a cold weather gal.  My bitter cold fingers and toes, wet and messy dogs and struggle to remain vertical on slick surfaces detracts me from appreciating the beauty of the season. Daily hikes with my two

By |2018-02-12T20:04:20+00:00February 12, 2018|

Winter Gear for Your Best Friend

Mother nature has not been kind to the South Shore this winter.  My little terriers shiver when temps drop below 50 degrees! In order for them to entertain a walk, they each have a serious wardrobe of coats to choose from. 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 equipped to handle the cold

By |2018-01-12T18:01:40+00:00January 11, 2018|

Beware of Decorative Holiday Hazards for Your Pets

There’s something about everyone’s cheery mood, along with the bright lights and decorations dotted throughout our beautiful community that makes the holidays feel like the most wonderful time of the year!   However, the merriment can quickly turn into a trip to your local veterinary emergency room if you’re not careful with seasonal décor. Here are some common decorative hazards to be aware this season: Holiday Plants Contrary to popular belief, poinsettias and Christmas cactus only pose a mild threat to our pets.  If they are

By |2017-12-07T16:42:40+00:00December 02, 2017|

Have a Pet Safe Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is such a great time to spend with family and friends and be thankful for all the good in our lives.  It’s also a great day to gorge ourselves on a feast fit for a king. However, like many other favorite human holidays, Thanksgiving is full of customs that are actually hazardous to our pets. We all know Thanksgiving food is delicious, but let’s talk about some of our favorite dishes and the threats they pose to Fido: Turkey The delicious turkey fat found

By |2017-11-09T20:37:12+00:00November 09, 2017|


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 this year 😛 If you are planning to dress up Fido, plan ahead so wearing the costume isn’t scary for him. Introduce it to your pet slowly with plenty of treats and positive reinforcement. It’s advisable to start this process at least

By |2017-10-27T08:25:42+00:00October 27, 2017|

5 Great Reasons to Hire a Dog Walker

Sometimes, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do it all. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, hiring a dog walker is a great way to take something off your plate while still making sure that your precious pet is still getting what they need. Not convinced? Here are a few more reasons you should hire a dog walker today. Walking makes dogs happy Don't we all want our dogs to be happy? Almost every dog we visit shows their excitement when we come with

By |2017-10-03T00:58:16+00:00September 13, 2017|


The statistics are scary- 40,000 pets die in house fires every year (source). The American Kennel Club and ADT Security Services declared National Pet Fire Safety Day in 2009 to educate pet owners on how to take steps to prevent house fires and protect their beloved pets. Taking preventable measures can save your home and your pet.  Often times our pets can cause a fire if proper precautions aren’t taken. Here are some easy fire safety tips that can keep you and your pet safe.

By |2017-09-27T15:17:04+00:00July 13, 2017|

July 4th Safety Tips For Your Pooch

There are so many amazing Independence Day celebrations across Boston and the South Shore, but most pets don’t share our love of fireworks! Did you know…more pets get lost on July 4 than any other day of the year? (Home Again , 2017) How sad! To keep everyone safe this holiday, keep these tips in mind: -Be sure your dog is wearing an up to date ID tag at all times -Take a current photo of your dog just in case he/she gets lost -Exercise your

By |2017-10-03T01:03:07+00:00June 28, 2017|
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