Relationships Matter: Improving Pet Health Through Quality Care

July 30th, 2015

family walks with running dog in parkMany of us embrace the idea of preventive wellness as an integral part of long-term health. Maybe you have decided to implement daily exercise into your family’s routine, or opted for healthier whole foods and organics. It’s likely, too, that you have a trusted family physician with whom you’ve built a rapport and preventive care plan. Read the rest of this entry »

Lending an Ear: Deaf Pet

July 24th, 2015

KEYWORD:  HELPING A DEAF PET

Lending an Ear: Deaf Pet

Billings_iStock_000065115897_LargeWhen a pet experiences hearing loss, it can be disconcerting for everyone involved. Animals rely on their hearing for many day to day functions, and a the loss of hearing can be a challenge. But, with a little extra help from their owners, your pet can continue to thrive.

If you have a pet who suffers from hearing loss, read on to learn what you need to know about helping a deaf pet. Read the rest of this entry »

Seeing the Light When Dealing with a Blind Pet

July 14th, 2015

old dog with eye cataractWe depend on our vision for so much that it is hard to imagine a world of darkness. From surfing the internet, to watching a movie, to appreciating a favorite art piece, our vision is a huge part of our lives.

When a pet’s vision is taken, it can be devastating, often more so to us than the animal. How will they function? What will their quality of life be like? Fear not, though. While the thought of having a blind pet might be intimidating, most times these amazing animals can do quite well with a little help. Read the rest of this entry »

The Sun, Bugs, and Pets: Making the Most of the Summer

July 7th, 2015

billings-iStock_000047785894_Large (1)Summer sun and fun means you and your pets are probably going to be spending a little time outdoors. Like most people, you are probably slathering on the sunscreen and bugspray to avoid the burns and bites of the season. But, if your pets are joining you, you may be wondering if they need protection, too.

Learn what you need to know about the sun, bugs, and pets. Read the rest of this entry »

Fourth of July Pet Safety: Celebrate Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of…Low-Stress!

June 24th, 2015

Patriotic PuppyA recent study revealed that Montana is one of the most patriotic states in the nation, and we’d have to agree! Year round, we appreciate our freedom – and honor those that defend it – but the Fourth of July really takes the cake (or, apple pie a la mode!).

Independence Day is one that is spent with family, friends, and, of course, our special four-legged friend. However, the celebratory mood can evaporate quickly in the case of a pet emergency. Read the rest of this entry »

The Best In Summer Fitness For Your Pet

June 22nd, 2015

girl and dog on top of the mountainWhether you have an interest in getting ready for the popular winter sport of skijoring, or you simply want to get outside in the summer sunshine, you and your pet are in for a special treat this summer. Billings – and all of Montana – has some pretty spectacular outdoor opportunities for everyone, and our summer weather is second to none. Summer fitness for your pet should be a priority number one, and we hope to add to his or her health with the following ideas and guidelines. Read the rest of this entry »

There’s No Place Like Home: Microchipping Your Pet

June 12th, 2015

Billings_iStock_000019191267_LargeWith summer in full swing at last, many of us are spending weekends in the mountains and on the trails. And, not surprisingly, some of us are opting to bring our dog (or cat) along on our summer adventures, as well. Whether it’s taking a road trip, going camping, or just getting out for a morning hike, Billings pet owners just can’t seem to leave their pets at home. Read the rest of this entry »

Pocket Pets and Kids: Separating the Facts from the Fantasy

June 4th, 2015

Billings_iStock_000019099622_LargeWhen it comes time for the little people in your family to learn some responsibility and compassion, we often think giving them a small pet to care for is just the thing. After all, pocket pets like rabbits, guinea pigs, and hamsters are cute and relatively low maintenance, right?

Before you take the leap, though, it is important to look a little more closely Read the rest of this entry »

All A-Board! Pet Boarding Checklist for Traveling Pet Parents

May 28th, 2015

Terrier Dog in SuitcaseIf you are anticipating heading out on your much-needed summertime vacation, now is the time to think ahead about your plans for your pet. It would be nice, of course, to take Mittens with you on your journey, but oftentimes pet travel presents too make risks to safety and well-being. Pet boarding, in many cases, is the safest option, and can even provide enrichment for a lonely or bored fur friend.

But, where do you begin? Read the rest of this entry »

Ahead of the Curve: Summer Pet Safety Tips

May 22nd, 2015

Billings_iStock_000013380754_LargeMontana remains a truly wild place – that’s why we love it here. Your pet (being a little wild, as well) likely loves nature, too, and the adventures waiting in the great backyard or beyond the fenceline. However, it’s always good to temper all that excitement with some caution. As we approach the long, lazy days of summer, we recommend the following summer pet safety tips to help you prepare – and protect your pet.

Abundant Sunshine

Pets adapt fairly well to seasonal changes, making it easy to forget all the potential risks associated with longer days and hotter temps. Always remember that your pet needs: Read the rest of this entry »