Introducing a New Pet to Your Home

January 27th, 2015

Billings_iStock_000026445873_LargeCongratulations! You’ve made the best decision ever (as far as we’re concerned) by choosing to invite a furry friend into your home and family. As exciting as this is, though; it’s also a time for some careful planning to make sure every-fuzzy gets along for years to come.

Surely you’ve planned the pickup and safe drive home with your new friend, you’ve got your food and new toys all picked out, and all the blankets and bedding are at the ready… So now what?

Introducing a new pet to your other animals can be tricky, and you don’t want to threaten your tried and true pets or terrify the newcomer. Your tactics will be different whether you’re bringing in a rascally kitten or a senior canine, but here are some stellar ways to start off right. Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrate National Walk Your Dog Month

January 21st, 2015

Family and dog having fun in the country in winterJanuary is National Walk Your Dog Month and we at Billings Animal Family Hospital want to encourage you to keep that “get more active” new year’s resolution by walking your dog! Yes, those of us in a colder climate like Billings MT may find it a little harder to get motivated during the winter months, but walking has an undeniably positive effect on the health of your dog (and you, too!). Read the rest of this entry »

The Perils of Pet Obesity

January 20th, 2015

Golden Retrieving FoodAmericans have come to view pudgy pets as cute and funny. The reality is, though, that pets who are overweight are unhealthy. Extra fat carries health risks for animals as well humans. Recognizing when a beloved pet is overweight and understanding the seriousness of the problem is a vital part of responsible pet ownership. Read the rest of this entry »

Billings Animal Family Hospital’s Top 10 Blogs of 2014

December 31st, 2014

playing catAs we gear up for the 2015 ball to drop and the medley of Auld Lang Syne to begin, we at Billings Animal Family Hospital are also counting down… the top 10 blogs of 2014!

Our focus for our blog has been to empower you with pet health and safety resources. We are happy to know you’ve read these animal health tips and topics, and we welcome your input for upcoming topics and themes, too. Thank you!

Now, back to those blogs! Read the rest of this entry »

Make Your Holiday Even More Meaningful – Help An Animal In Need

December 23rd, 2014

Cute And LonelyThe holidays are a perfect time to consider the needs of others and, as animal lovers and advocates, we’ve been inspired by the countless compassionate volunteers and donors that continually make a difference in the lives of animals in need. If this is your first foray into the world of serving others, rest assured that numerous opportunities abound for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you have a constrained schedule or budget, there are many ways that you can apply your generosity this holiday season, and every month of the year. Read the rest of this entry »

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year: Holiday Pet Safety

December 18th, 2014

iStock_000031226378_LargeWhile sipping on some eggnog, listening to Bing Crosby, and reflecting on the memories from holidays past, take a moment to assess your pet’s environment. Is it safe? Free of potential choking hazards and poisonous ingredients? Is it primed for your pet to enjoy the season, as well?

Even for a resolute Scrooge, the holidays can be a distracting time as we become truly flurried, not unlike the Montana weather. Presents to buy, trees to decorate, cookies to bake…In the shadow of so many inviting and comforting things to do, your pet could be at risk. To help with this, we brainstormed the pet safety tips you can use to eliminate holiday dangers dangling provocatively at your pet’s eye level. Read the rest of this entry »

Impress Your Pet: Top Pet Presents This Holiday Season

December 15th, 2014

iStock_000051511110_LargeAlthough your pet may not understand the importance of gift-giving this time of the year, he or she certainly deserves to be treated to a little special something this holiday season. Sniffing around for just the right present can be time-consuming, though; so we’ve decided to do some of the legwork for you and compile a list of spot-on pet presents for the holiday season.

Health Matters

Some pet owners want to give the ongoing gift of health to their pets and a great way to do that is with dental care. Some pets don’t mind coming to see us for a dental cleaning experience, which can lengthen life and increase overall wellness. Also, acupuncture, although beneficial year-round, can make a great holiday present for pets unfamiliar to it’s healing and supportive qualities. Read the rest of this entry »

Winter Pet Safety

December 8th, 2014

iStock_000031619262_LargeAs we dig out our own cold weather clothes and switch out the tires on our cars, it’s also time to think about what we can do to ease our pets through the winter. A few simple winter pet safety precautions can help keep the icy months a winter wonderland for our four-legged friend, and not a nightmare before (or after) Christmas.

The best thing we can do to keep our critters healthy and safe is to keep them warm and dry, and inside with us (preferably under quilts, and with lots of tummy rubs). When we do take them outside we can bundle them up in coats and sweaters and put booties on Dexter, we can dig a spot out of the snow for Checkers to go potty, and we can limit the time Penny is outdoors as the temperature drops.

All the winter pet precautions are no good if Peanut decides to run off though, so here are some important reasons to keep your furry friends close by to prevent a cold weather disaster. Read the rest of this entry »

Keeping Thanksgiving Pet-Safe and Fur-Friendly

November 21st, 2014

english Bulldog puppy in chef's hat“Pass the turkey!”

“More stuffing, please.”

“Nomnomnom… Zzzzzzzz”

These are the familiar sounds of Thanksgiving, a day abuzz with the usual banquet of overwhelming good eats and treats, followed by that post-feast nap on the couch. While we feel very thankful for the food we share and the time we spend with loved ones, for pet parents, the safety and whereabouts of pets during the hectic holiday is a big concern –or at least it should be.

Like other holidays, Thanksgiving brings with it potentially pet toxic foods, dangerous decorations, and overzealous guests with leftovers for Fido and Patches. And, even in the best of cases, it’s easy to overfeed your dog or cat, which can result in digestive upset and even more serious issues like pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas resulting from overindulgence. Read the rest of this entry »

Caring for the Pregnant Dog

November 17th, 2014

iStock_000038976440_MediumBreeding pets isn’t for everyone, or even most. It takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and passion for the breed. If you are someone who has decided to breed their dog, however, you know how overwhelming it can be to take care of your pregnant pet.

Luckily for you, Billings Animal Family Hospital has enormous expertise and experience in the area. We are always happy to help our clients with their canine reproductive care needs.

Prenatal Care for Your Dog

Dogs are pregnant for approximately 63 days and, just as in their human counterparts, experience changes in metabolism during their pregnancy. It is important to make the appropriate adjustments to her care during this time in order to help her have a healthy, strong litter. Be sure to do the following for your pregnant dog: Read the rest of this entry »