New Lecture Series: Mastering Herbal Medicine

Jan 20th, 2016

We are very excited to announce an upcoming new 5-part lecture series:  MASTERING HERBAL MEDICINE:  with Cheryl Schwartz, DVM and Matthew Wood, MSc.  These two masters are renowned experts in their fields with over 70 years combined animal and human healing experience.  The are teaming up to offer an invaluable and unique look at herbs and remedies for humans, cats, dogs and horses.

The lectures/classes will focus on three of the five elements in Traditional Chinese Medicine – Fire, Wind & Water – and the organs and systems that regulate each:  heart & circulation (Fire), kidney, fluids & bones (Water) and connective tissue, muscles & bones (Wind).

The lectures will be held at Holistic Hound on the following Thursday nights from 6:30-8:30 p.m:

January 21 – Movement: Muscles, Ligaments, Tendons & Bones
February 11 – Water:  Kidney & Bladder
March 17 – Wind & Fire:  Nervous System, Spiritual & Mental Well-being
April 7 – Fire:  Heart & Circulation
April 21 – Fire, Water & Wind:  Keeping Healthy & An Emergency Herb Kit

Registration is required!  Please call the store at 510.843.2133 to register. We expect this class to fill up quickly and we can only guarantee a seat if payment is made at the time of registration. The cost of the entire series is $250, or participants may attend individual nights of the series for $60 per night.

Cheryl Schwartz, DVM is an international educator, holistic veterinarian and founding member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.  She is also a internationally known author of Four Paws Five Directions: A Guide to Chinese Medicine for Cats and Dogs and Natural Healing for Dogs & Cats A – Z.  You can find more information on Dr. Schwartz at:

Matthew Wood, MSc is a registered herbalist with the American Herablist Guild, an internationally known herbal practitioner and teacher with 35 years of experience.  Matthew is also an internationally known author of The Book of Herbal Wisdom and The Earthwise Herbal. You can find more information about him and his work at:

Holistic Hound in the News!

Jul 28th, 2015

ABC news came by The Hound to feature a great new product we are selling called Treatibles! While the piece is bringing awareness to this wonderful product, we want to emphasize this is not ‘pot’ for dogs. The CBD and cannabinoids found in these treats are derived from a pure clean lab tested European hemp that is specifically bred to have high CBD and virtually no THC. Therefore the treats are non-psychoactive.

The benefits of Treatibles are abundant for animals suffering from a variety of ailments including pain, inflammation, separation anxiety and other behavioral issues, epilepsy, and cancer associated symptoms. We have options available for large and small dogs- cats love them too!

To find out more about Treatibles please visit us at our store or contact us at

Please note that despite the reporters’ use of the word “cure” neither Treatibles nor Holistic Hound claims to cure or diagnose any of the listed diseases or ailments and are not intended as a replacement for proper veterinary care.…/pet-owners-claim-pot-based-do…/860605/

2015 Talks at the Hound

Jun 8th, 2015

See “Ongoing Educational Talks” for an updated list of talks for 2015!

Family Dog Rescue Adoption Day, Saturday May 9th

May 8th, 2015

We are once again hosting Family Dog Rescue Adoption Day on Saturday, May 9th from 11:00-2:00.  Volunteers will be on hand with several dogs in need of good homes.  All new adopters will receive a 20% percent discount on their first purchase of any and all items needed for their new rescue!  Please come out and support one of our amazing local rescue organizations!

For more information on Family Dog Rescue please visit

Winner of “Best Pet Boutique”

Mar 3rd, 2015

Thanks to all of you who voted for us in Bay Woof’s 2015 Beast of the Bay Awards!  We won first place in the following categories:

Best Pet Boutique
Best Fresh Water Bowl

We won first runner up in:

Best free dog treats
Best doggie birthday present

For more information on all the categories and winners please visit






Family Dog Adoption Day – Sat., Jan. 24

Jan 13th, 2015

We are pleased to be hosting Family Dog Rescue Adoption Day on Saturday, January 24 from 11:00-2:00.  Volunteers will be on hand with several dogs in need of good homes.  Ten percent (10%) of profits from the day will be donated to Family Dog so please come out and support one of our amazing local rescue organizations!

For more information on Family Dog Rescue please visit

TALK: Whole Food Nutrition & Supplementation

Jan 13th, 2015

Please join us for our next talk by Dr. Tom Cameron of Standard Process on Wednesday, February 4 from 6:30-8:00 on the power of whole food nutrition and how whole food supplementation can improve the health and well being of ourselves and our animals.

Family Dog Rescue Adoption Day, Sunday Dec. 7

Dec 6th, 2014

We are pleased to be hosting Family Dog Rescue Adoption Day this Sunday from 11:00-2:00.  Volunteers will be on hand with several dogs in need of good homes.  Ten percent (10%) of profits from the day will be donated to Family Dog so please come out and support one of our amazing local rescue organizations!

For more information on Family Dog Rescue please visit

Beast of the Bay Awards 2014. VOTE NOW!

Nov 3rd, 2014

Bay Woof’s popular annual Beast of the Bay Award voting has begun.  Voting is live now and through January 31.  If you are so inspired we’d love to have your vote!   Please note you do not need to complete the entire questionnaire – you can vote for as many or as few categories as you like.

Winners will be announced in the March 2015 issues and the party to celebrate will be at El Rio in San Francisco on Saturday, April 11.


Upcoming Talk: Caring for Your Senior Pet

Oct 25th, 2014

Join us for our next talk on caring for your senior animals with Dr. Anne Reed of All Paws Veterinary Clinic.  Because this is such an important topic and one that affects so many of us (Pearl turns 13 in December!) we are doing this talk in two 1.5 hour segments, on Thursday, November 6 and 13 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Dr. Reed will cover the following topics:

  • What is considered “health” in a senior pet
  • What are the signs and symptoms that should cause concern
  • Optimal diet & nutrition
  • How to approach decisions about treatment options for your aging senior
  • Supplements, medications and therapies to help keep your aging pet happy and healthy
  • Vaccinations for the aging pet – are they necessary?
  • How to maintain quality of life for your senior aging pet


Grand “Reopening” celebration Saturday, Sept 13th from 1:00 – 4:00

Sep 10th, 2014

Please join us for our grand re-opening celebration on Saturday, September 13 from 1:00-4:00.  Many of you know that we recently expanded the store and we’d like to celebrate our growth by having some of our favorite vendors on hand, extending discounts to our loyal customers, providing samples & goody bags, etc.  We hope you’ll stop by to say hello, take advantage of these specials and enjoy a refreshment – both human and canine!

**10% off store-wide
**Free goodie-bags for the first 100 customers to spend $25 or more (while supplies last)
**Several vendors on site, including: smallbatch, Ecopawz, Primal Pet Foods, Stella & Chewy’s, PureVita, Fromm Family Foods, The Honest Kitchen, Wild Calling, Evermore Pet Food, & more!
**Special Deals & samples from: Sojos, WERUVA Super Luxe Pet Food, Lotus Pet Food, Rad Cat Raw Diet, Grandma Lucy’s, ZiwiPeak New Zealand, Answers Pet Food, Orijen, Ma Snax Superior Dog Treats, & more!


We look forward to seeing you Saturday, September 13th!

Pet Hospice: Alternative for Your Aging and Terminal Pets

Jun 2nd, 2014

June 17 (Tues.) Please join us for the next talk in our series Pet Hospice:  Alternatives for Your Aging or Terminal Pet with Dr. Shea Cox on Tuesday, June 17th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. (please note this date has been changed from the original posted date of Thursday, June 19th).

The death of a pet is an inevitable passage that we all must face as guardians. What options and choices do you have if your pet is faced with a terminal disease and you do not wish to pursue aggressive medical therapies such as chemotherapy or surgery? In many cases, treatment can be worse than the disease. Have you ever heard the heartbreaking words, “I’m sorry, but there is nothing more we can do?”

Hospice care offers alternative in-home options for your pet, and it is so much more than assisting your pet with the dying process- it is a way to continue to live every moment that remains, with the best quality of life possible.

In this interactive discussion, you will learn what in-home hospice care entails including the hospice intake process, the refined techniques available to control pain and other symptoms, and how it can considerably benefit you and your aging or terminal pet. The journey through hospice care can be a profoundly rewarding experience, and it can open up time and emotional space for both hope and healing.

Dr. Cox’s philosophy of care is one that is rooted in the belief that there is always something more we can do to help. Let this open exchange of ideas and knowledge be the first step in understanding all that can be done to help your pet during his or her twilight time.

Dr. Shea Cox graduated from Michigan State University in 2001. Her 13-year veterinary career has been spent solely in an emergency and critical care setting.  Life prior to veterinary medicine involved a career as a Registered Nurse, where she was first exposed to the concepts of hospice care in the human medical field. She has worked first-hand for nearly a decade in areas of home health care, transitional care, and hospice environments, giving her a unique understanding of this service and its importance to the entire family unit.

Feeling a disconnect between managing complex or terminal disease conditions with few options for in-home care, Dr. Cox launched Bridge Veterinary Services in 2012. Her vision is to help “bridge” that gap, providing alternative options to pets and their families for continued care outside of a hospital setting- a connection from hospital to home.

Dr. Cox is a Certified Pet Loss Professional. She also serves on the Executive Committee for the American Association of Human Animal Bond Veterinarians.  She is an active member with the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care as well as the Nikki Hospice Foundation for Pets, and is currently obtaining her Veterinary Pain Practitioner certification. One of Dr. Cox’s personal missions is the advancement of hospice care in the field of veterinary medicine

For more information about Dr. Cox and her services please visit 

Upcoming Talk: Understanding Vaccines – What You Need to Know

May 12th, 2014

Please join us for another very informative talk on Understanding Vaccines – What you Need to Know with Dr. Anne Reed on Wednesday, May 21 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  This is a topic I’m particularly passionate about and I implore you to educate yourself by attending this important talk.
Below is a brief outline of topics to be discussed:

  • A brief history of vaccines – what are they & what do they do?
  • What are “core” vaccines – are they required and/or necessary?
  • Side effects of vaccines (vaccinosis) & options for treating
  • When to revaccinate – are annual boosters necessary?
  • Titer tests – an alternative to unnecessary vaccination

Dr. Reed offers homeopathy, herbs and acupuncture services in her practice at All Paws Holistic Veterinary Clinic in Pt. Richmond and also makes house calls. She earned her undergraduate degree from Mills College in 1994, and graduated from U.C. Davis Veterinary School in 1998. In 2000, Dr. Reed became certified in veterinary acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. She has also completed Dr. Richard Pitcairn’s course in both Basic and Advanced Veterinary Homeopathy, and the Chi Institute’s Advanced Herbal Medicine course, taught by Dr. Huisheng Xie.  For more information on Dr. Reed visit

Spring Photo Shoot with Tonya Perme

May 12th, 2014

What better way to celebrate Spring that with a great new photo of your beloved dog or cat? Please join us for our annual Spring photo shoot on Saturday, May 17th, from 11:30 to 2:30.
Professional pet photographer Tonya Perme will be at the store taking great new photographs of your dog and/or cat family. Details below:

  • 15 minute photo sitting
  • Simple grey backdrop
  • Sitting fee of $40 includes one take home 4×6 print with the option to purchase additional, professionally made prints on Tonya’s website afterwards at
  • Multiple subjects (people and/or additional pets) can be included We’ll get as many shots as possible in the appointment timeframe.

Appointments are required and can be made by clicking the link below:

Small Business Friday, Nov. 30th

Nov 27th, 2013

Please come out and support your local small businesses this Friday, November 30th!  Celebrate and support the wonderful diversity of shops and businesses in the Bay Area.

Did you know that for every $100 you spend LOCALLY $68 comes back to our community?  Compare that to only $43 if you buy from a national chain, and NONE if you shop online.

Holistic Hound 10 Year Anniversary Party!!

Aug 12th, 2013

Please join us on Saturday, October 5th for our 10 year anniversary celebration!  There will be canine and human treats, music, and fun for all.  You will receive a 10% discount on all purchases that day.

Talk on Basic Holistic Healthcare for Dogs & Cats

Jul 23rd, 2013

Heidi Hill, owner of Holistic Hound – this Thursday, July 25th from 6:30-8:00

Please join me for an informative talk about what “holistic” means when it comes to caring for our animal companions. You’ll learn about what constitutes the best nutrition, principles of natural healing, the signs of underlying energy imbalances in the body, natural healing modalities and recommended supplements to achieve optimal health.


Great Life Pet Food Announcement

May 9th, 2013

We recently received a letter from the owner of Great Life Pet Food regarding some issues they’ve been having with rancidity in their grain-free buffalo dog food.  Regardless of extensive testing they have been unable to determine the source of the problem and are therefore temporarily suspending production and sales of their grain-free buffalo foods.  Although only the buffalo is affected, out of an abundance of caution and for other reasons, we’ve decided to phase out Great Life and will no longer carry the food.

If you currently have any of their grain-free buffalo food, please return it to the store and we will help you choose a replacement.  Please feel free to call us at 510.843.2133 with any questions or concerns or contact Great Life directly at 805.577.9663.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your continued support.


Spring Photo Shoot with Tonya Perme May 11th

May 9th, 2013

Please join us for our Spring photo shoot with Tonya Perme this Saturday, May 11th from 11:00-4:00.  The session includes:

  • 15 minute portrait sitting with professional pet photographer
  • one 4 x 6 print to take home
  • online proof gallery with option to purchase additional prints online

By appointment only.  To reserve a spot please go to:

Lights!  Camera!  Woof!

Talk on Integrative Approaches to the Diagnosis & Treatment of Arthritis/Musculoskeletal Disease

Mar 22nd, 2013

by Drs. Araba Oglesby and Rachel Feigenbaum on Thursday, March 28th from 6:30-8:00.

Drs. Oglesby and Feigenbaum from Lotus Veterinary House Calls will discuss one of the most common and challenging topics affecting many of our companion animals – the management of arthritis, musculo-skeletal disease, and discomfort/pain.  You will learn diagnosis and treatment options from a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine perspective and how this approach can help balance care for your pet and help to maintain a good quality of life.  Discover how natural supplements, quality foods, herbal support, acupuncture, acupressure, aquapuncture, moxibustion, laser therapy, chiropractic and tui-na can offer relief and help maintain a higher quality of life.  They will also discuss the short and long term benefits of acupuncture, as well as what to expect in a typical acupuncture session. Please come and enjoy a casual talk about how to better the health of your companion animal.

Dr. Oglesby will begin doing holistic veterinary exams/consultations at Holistic Hound beginning Tuesday, April 9th.  Please see for more information.




Holistic Hound Named Best Pet Boutique 2013!

Feb 26th, 2013

We are delighted and thrilled to announce we have once again been named BEST PET BOUTIQUE for 2013 by Bay Woof!  This is our fourth win in five years (2009, 2011, 2012 & 2013).  A big hug and thank you to all of our dear and loyal customers who nominated and voted for us.  Information about all categories and winners can be found in March issue –

Nature’s Variety Raw Food Recall – Organic Chicken

Feb 16th, 2013

Nature’s Variety has announced a voluntary recall of one batch of Instinct® Raw Organic Chicken Formula with a “Best if Used By” date of 10/04/13. This action is being taken because pieces of clear plastic may be found in some bags and could cause a potential choking risk to pets. The source of plastic has been identified and the issue has been resolved.  For more information please visit their website at:

Talk on Animal Communication, Thurs., Feb. 21st

Jan 25th, 2013

Animal Communication – Lisa Hartnett, D.C. February 21
Discover your innate abilities to communicate with animals. The rational mind takes a back seat while your natural sensitivities lead. Learn to respect your animal companions and have a mutual relationship. Our relationships with animals provide us with wonderful opportunities to experience unconditional love; they are also our teachers and mirrors. Opening to this world you experience more intimacy with your animals and life. Welcome to life beyond only the rational mind and to being a fuller human.

For complete list of talks scheduled for 2013 please visit:


Diamond Pet Food Recall

Jul 15th, 2012

Diamond Pet Foods has voluntarily recalled the following brands of dog and cat food produced in its Gaston, South Carolina plant due to potential salmonella contamination. Fortunately, California was not affected; however, you should check the links below for updates and more detailed information. You can also call Diamond 866-918-8756 with any questions.

  • Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
  • Country Value
  • Diamond
  • Diamond Naturals
  • Premium Edge
  • Professional
  • 4Health
  • Taste of the Wild

For more information please visit:

Annual Santa Paws Photo Shoot

Dec 12th, 2012

Please join us for our annual holiday photo shoot on Saturday, December 8th, from 10:30 to 5:30.

Tonya Perme, professional pet photographer, will be back again this year to get the perfect photograph of you and your furry companion, with or without Santa. The cost is $30 and all proceeds will be donated to Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) and Berkeley Animal Control. You will be able to take a 4×6 photograph with you that day. More photographs and keepsake items will be available on Tonya’s website:

Appointments are required! Please call or email the store to reserve a space:

Join us for this fun event and help support animals in need!

East Meets West for the Well Rounded Dog

Dec 1st, 2012

Where Holistic Veterinary Care Meets Advances in Veterinary Science

Day One: Dr. Jean Dodds talks about vaccine protocols, Thyroid Disease, Nutrition & Nutrigenomics

Day Two: Dr. Magda Szyrmer – Flower Essences, Betsey Carpenter DC, CAC – Chiropractic Care, Joni Kamlet, RVT, CCRA – Whole Food Nutrition.

For more information and to register online visit: