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 »

Beat the Heat, Not the Other Way Around

May 18th, 2015

Billings_iStock_000064735487_LargeNow that Summer is here, fun warm-weather activities for you and your pets abound. Long walks, chasing Frisbees, hiking, biking, swimming – the joys of summer exercise and play are hard to beat. Sadly, some otherwise healthy warm-weather fun may have unhealthy results for your pets if you aren’t paying attention.

Not-so Fun in the Sun

An awareness of warm weather pet safety is extremely important. Emergency pet clinics receive all sorts of summer-fun related animal trauma, but one of the worst summer emergencies involves overheating. We humans are able to sweat from all parts of our skin, which allows evaporation to cool us down. Dogs, on the other hand, can only sweat from their foot pads, which is not too effective – especially if you are standing on them. Read the rest of this entry »

Decoding Doggy Behavior: Why Dogs Hump Things

May 11th, 2015

 

Billings_iStock_000009502242_LargeIt always seems like it happens at the most inopportune moment: Your grandmother is over for dinner, or your kids are hosting a neighborhood playdate. Then, out of nowhere, your normally well-behaved family pet mounts a toy or, worse yet, one of your visitors.

What makes dogs engage in this embarrassing behavior? Most pet owners have wondered at some point why dogs hump and what they can do about it. Keep reading to become an expert in this common doggy indiscretion. Read the rest of this entry »

Ask a Vet: Why is My Dog Licking Ears?

May 1st, 2015

Billings_iStock_000047633956_LargeOur canine companions are known for having many cute, quirky, and sometimes even bizarre behaviors. Many of them stem from some evolutionary behavior or communication mechanism. Others are just unique to the family dog.

You may have noticed your pet licking the ears of another dog, cat, or even human in the household. This borderline gross behavior is not uncommon among dogs, but most pet owners have to wonder why their dog is licking ears. There are two possible answers to this age old question. Read the rest of this entry »

What Does That Mean? Deciphering Your Dog’s Body Language

April 23rd, 2015

Dog looks out at TreesIf you’re trying teach your pet a new trick, routine, or behavior, you’ll first need to understand the way your pet communicates.

 

Learning a new language can be tricky at first, but when trying to decipher what your dog is saying with those pinned-back ears or expressive eyebrows, there are a few common denominators among the species. Although your pet is definitely unique in his or her attempts to make you comprehend certain, shall we say… motivations (did somebody say squirrel?), pet body language is somewhat similar across the board. Read the rest of this entry »

Preventative Reptile Care: A Pound of Cure

April 16th, 2015

Turtle catches the frisbeeJust because you own a lizard, turtle, snake, or tortoise doesn’t mean that you don’t want to provide good pet care. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure in many instances of life, and caring for your small, scaly friend is no different.

Preventative reptile care is an important part of responsible pet ownership, and there are a few things reptile owners (or owners-to-be) need to know about caring for their pets. Read the rest of this entry »