A Springtime Reminder: Avoiding Encounters with Venomous Snakes

Billings_iStock_000002429053_LargeThe coming of spring and warmer weather often means spending more time in Mother Nature. And, not only are pet owners and their pets ready to get out for some fun and sun, there is also more risk of encountering sun-loving venomous snakes.

Because we live in an area rife with snakes and the potential for an encounter, we want to review the importance of snake awareness and bite prevention, both for pet owners and their four-legged friends. Continue…

Here Comes The Sun: Pet Summer Safety Reminders

dog relaxing on grassThere’s nothing like summertime in Montana! After a grueling winter, people and their pets are all ready to stretch our legs and take in the sun. Before you hit the rivers, lakes, trails, or backyard with your pet this summer, take a moment to bone up on pet summer safety tips from your friends at Billings Animal Hospital.

Pet Summer Safety Begins At Home

Summer wouldn’t be the same without plenty of time spent grilling, playing, and just hanging out in the backyard. It’s important to be aware that many potential pet toxins are lurking right under our noses, in and around our homes and yards. Continue…

Hooray: It’s National Kids and Pets Day!

boy and catIs there anything sweeter than the special relationship between a child and a pet? Kids and pets go together like peanut butter and jelly, milk and cookies, cheese and crackers, and…well, you get the picture! So perfectly complementary and utterly irresistible is this adorable combo it’s easy to presume that everything is – and always will be – naturally easy going and mutually beneficial.

In honor of National Kids and Pets Day, your friends at Billings Animal Family Hospital want to make sure that relationships between the species are safely supported. That way, you and your whole family can have the most possible fun! Continue…

Celebrating Earth Day With Pets: A Spotlight On Public Health

Billings_iStock_000045052444_LargeWhat comes to mind when you think of Earth Day? Images of children holding hands and running barefoot through green grass? A crystal blue ocean filled with leaping dolphins and whales? Or perhaps a bustling recycling plant overflowing with plastic bottles ready to be turned into sweaters and park benches?

Public health probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when Earth Day is mentioned, but for pet owners, perhaps it should be.

While recycling and planting trees are wonderful and meaningful Earth Day (or everyday) activities, we invite you to consider the ways in which you as a pet owner can increase the safety, health, and beauty of your community. Continue…

Ewww, Dog Germs! What You Need to Know About Kissing Your Dog

Billings_iStock_000076357617_LargeSome pet owners are a little more liberal with doggy kisses than others. Some of us channel a little more Lucy than others, avoiding contact with our pet’s tongue at all costs, while others believe that dogs have very clean mouths and don’t mind the extra affection.

So which is it?

Read on to learn more than you ever wanted to know about kissing your dog. Continue…

Petscaping: Creating a Pet Friendly Backyard

Arlington_iStock_000071200371_LargeA basic backyard for your pet should include fencing, access to water, shade, and his or her own patch on which to answer nature’s call. While there’s nothing wrong with this approach, going the extra mile to design a truly pet friendly backyard has far-reaching benefits. Not only will your pet be happy and safe, you can rest assured he or she isn’t misbehaving. Let the design challenge begin!

Safety First

Depending on the size of your backyard, you may want all or part of it fenced in. Dog runs can be a great addition to a larger property that isn’t fully enclosed (as long as your pet doesn’t feel isolated). Always make sure your pet is safe within the perimeter and cannot easily escape (over or under the fence). The following considerations are also important: Continue…

A Mutt By Any Other Name… Is A Friend Indeed

Billings_iStock_000025611849_Large (1)Mutts, Mongrels, Mixes, and Mixed Breeds are all names that might be less indicative of the amazingly palatable character they have. Mutts may seem a byproduct of circumstantial canine amore, however, they are a truly endearing option when reviewing viable breeds.

In this, Breed Spotlight: Mutts, we will discuss the benefits of the lovable mutt and review a few traits common to many mutt or mixed-breeds of dogs.

Mixed-Breed Bonuses

Mutts, great and loyal, can have some of the most unique and endearing traits of any dog. Lets look at some of the bonuses or positives to owning mutts: Continue…

Girl Power! A Look at Women in Veterinary Science

Billings_OVRS_iStock_000064223829_LargeMany things in veterinary medicine have changed over the last 100 (or even 20 years). The field has evolved tremendously from the days of James Herriot, when the family veterinarian was a one-man show, treating all species great and small within a town.

Another major thing that is different in modern times is the number of women involved in the field. In honor of Expanding Your Horizons, an organization dedicated to encouraging girls to enter science and engineering fields, Billings Animal Family Hospital is excited to take a look at the role of women in veterinary science and what opportunities await girls interested in the field. Continue…

Five Things Your Cat Wishes You Knew

Billings_iStock_000026797308_LargeIt can take months or maybe even years for a cat-owner relationship to grow strong enough to have the mutual respect that makes for a pleasant and smooth routine. Having to guess what your animal friends wish you already knew is a challenging part of pet ownership, care, and companionship.

What if there was a way for you to understand what your cat wanted you to know? Would you want to hear what she had to say? If there were five things your cat wishes you knew, what would they be?

Sometimes a strong message is exactly what is needed to communicate without guessing, but until then let’s look at five things your cat wishes you knew. Continue…

Five Things Your Dog Wishes You Knew

Billings_iStock_000075088461_LargePerhaps you’ve seen the multitude of phone or tablet apps that are supposed to translate human speech to barks, growls, and howls that our dogs can understand. Or maybe you’ve read the articles about a machine that will let us know what our pup is trying to tell us.

While high-tech translations are a tempting idea, having some sort of universal translation device still seems like something from a B-rated sci-fi flick.And, unfortunately, much of what we have read about and tried is, indeed, science fiction.

So, until Fido can order out for doggy treats or communicate terms for couch sitting privileges, there may be some guesswork for what your dog wishes you knew. Continue…