March 5th, 2014
Proper dental care is one of the most important things that you can do for your pets. Animals who receive quality dental care throughout their lifetime have been shown to live longer, healthier lives.
We strive to help you achieve the best quality care for your pets in all aspects. That is why we not only help you to provide good at-home dental care, but also provide all of our patients with dental services that meet the highest standards.
The American Veterinary Dental College maintains that dental radiographs (X-rays) are one of the most important tools at a veterinarian’s disposal.
At Billings Animal Family Hospital, we are proud to provide dental X-rays for pets. Read the rest of this entry »
February 27th, 2014
The death of a pet is never easy. Even under the best of circumstances – where you know that your pet’s passing has been the culmination of a long and joyous life, and you’ve had ample time to prepare and say your good-byes – letting go of your best friend and constant companion of the time you spent together can seem impossible.
For some pet owners, the loss of a pet is felt as acutely as the loss of a close human friend or family member. And while others may not feel the loss as strongly, it is important to remember that the grief each of us feels is real, and should be honored for what it is. Read the rest of this entry »
February 20th, 2014
Our pets love us unconditionally. No matter how bad we mess up, how messy our house gets, or how crazy out hair looks in the morning, we can always count on our pets to love us just the same.
But why do we love our pets? Sure, there are the quirky personality traits, the big soulful eyes and overwhelming adorableness, the crazy antics, and the comfort of having someone to come home too; that’s pretty much a given for all pet owners. But what else is there that drives us to keep pets in our life year after year, and even pet after pet?
It’s possible that there’s a biological imperative that is driving you to be a pet owner. Most people don’t realize that there are scientifically proven health benefits to being a pet owner, but there are. Perhaps our subconscious knows this better than we do, and that’s what compels us to keep our furry friends around, no matter what.
Here are some examples of how pets benefit our health… Read the rest of this entry »
February 13th, 2014
For many of us, nothing is better than getting flowers, chocolates and those kitschy conversation hearts from our sweetheart on Valentine’s Day. But sadly, many of the iconic Valentines Day offerings we give and receive on February 14 can be harmful to our beloved pets.
Chocolate, artificial sweeteners (Xylitol in particular), and many flowers have toxic properties that can wreak havoc on our pet’s internal systems. This toxicity can cause immediate discomfort and distress on your pet, and possibly result in long-term or fatal consequences.
As you give and receive this Valentine’s Day, keep the following cautions in mind and keep these gifts well out of your pet’s reach. Or, perhaps, use this as an excuse to try a new approach to Valentine’s this day, and give gifts that are safe for everyone. Here are our Valentine’s Day pet safety tips… Read the rest of this entry »
February 6th, 2014
February is Responsible Pet Ownership Awareness Month, and the perfect opportunity to think about what it means to be a responsible pet owner. It is easy to fall in love with creatures great and small, but each time you choose to include a new pet in your life it is important to ask yourself if you are able to provide what that pet needs.
These qualify as no-brainers, but sadly there are pets in the world that are not having these basic needs met. Any animal that is under your care should have its basic needs fulfilled. Read the rest of this entry »
January 29th, 2014
With the cold, wet weather of winter still swirling around us, you may be tempted to think that you’re doing your pet a favor by holding off on his or her regular grooming until spring.
But, you’re not.
Contrary to popular belief, grooming is just as important during the winter months as it is throughout the dog days of summer when it seems obvious that a bath and a short cut will do your pet good. However, during the winter months, your dog’s undercoat needs just as much attention as the topcoat does in the summer, if not more.
Here’s why winter grooming is important for your pet… Read the rest of this entry »
January 22nd, 2014
It has been a long, cold winter here in Billings; and even with the spring “teaser days” we’ve gotten recently it’s likely that you and your pets may be getting a little stir crazy.
Keeping your pets physically and mentally stimulated is important no matter the weather. But often it seems to be more important than ever when you have to stay indoors and can’t get out to play as often as you and your pet might like.
If you are in need of a few ideas to keep your pet active until spring, check out the following ideas for keeping life exciting this winter…
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January 16th, 2014
February marks the official start of Pet Dental Health Month, but we feel like it is such an important topic that awareness shouldn’t just be restricted to a few weeks a year. So, instead, we’ll celebrate from now until March!
Your pet’s dental health care may be one of most important things you do to increase the quality and length of life for your best friend. Not only does proper dental care help your pet’s breath, it can also protect your cat or dog from the life-threatening impacts dental disease can have on your pet’s organs; including the heart, liver, and kidneys.
How Pet Dental Care Can Help
Not only can comprehensive oral exams help protect your pet from these life-threatening consequences, but it can also help with the following… Read the rest of this entry »
January 8th, 2014
As temperatures across the nation crash to record lows, there has been considerable concern about keeping pets safe during the winter months. We understand this concern and hope you’ll consider the following when it comes to keeping your pet warm and safe as the mercury drops.
In or Out?
Generally speaking, your common sense should guide you when it comes to cold weather safety for your pet. For most companion animals the rule of thumb: if you’re cold, they’re cold, rings true. Just like us, pets can suffer from frostbite and hypothermia if left outside for too long in cold weather. This is especially true when it comes to pets with short fur and low body weight. Read the rest of this entry »
December 26th, 2013
With New Years Eve and the dawn of 2014 approaching, many of you may be reflecting on your New Year’s resolutions. But what about your pets? If they could make a New Year’s resolution or two, what would they be?
We’ve come up with a few ideas on what life changes your pet might resolve to make, given the chance. Maybe these New Year’s resolutions for your pet will inspire you to act on your pet’s behalf and make 2014 a happy and healthy year for you both.
2014 New Year’s Resolutions
- Maintain a healthy weight—Pet’s should maintain a healthy weight just like us; and for the same reasons, too. If your pet is overweight (or underweight), bring him or her in for a nutritional consultation. We’ll help your pet get on the right food at the right amount for a healthy diet.
- Get more exercise—Whether it’s going for a hike or running circles around your bedroom at 3 a.m., pets need to exercise. Help your pet meet this goal by going for short, daily walks (with longer hikes on the weekend), introducing a scratching post into your home for your cats (they provide a great workout for your kitty), or playing a game of fetch or catch-the-laser before the day is through. Not only will your pet be happy for the fresh air and time with you, but chances are good that you’ll both sleep better at night, too. Read the rest of this entry »