Crate Training Cats: It Can Be Done!

February 27th, 2015

kittens jump out of a plastic box for transport on a white backgIt’s likely that you’ve never really considered the benefits of crate training your cat… After all, crates are for dogs, right? And we all know that training cats to do anything requires advanced coursework at Hogwarts.

Joking aside, though; there are tremendous benefits to crate training cats, and the task itself is not nearly as difficult as you might think. With a little cunning and some basic trickery (not to mention a few healthy treats), you will have your cat thinking that his or her crate is the cat’s meow, in no time. Read the rest of this entry »

Dr. Google: Why Depending on the Internet to Diagnose a Sick Pet is Dangerous

February 20th, 2015

Billings_iStock_000016221968_LargeImagine this scenario: It’s midnight and your pet just vomited up who-knows-what and appears restless. What is the first thing you’ll likely to do? Honestly?

If you said search Google for sick pet symptoms, you would be one pet owner among many. And, while online pet health information can be informative, the problems of relying on online information to diagnose your pet are many and may put your pet’s health at risk. Read the rest of this entry »

Pet Acupuncture: The Benefits of a Healing Touch

February 15th, 2015

acupuncture needlesOver the past few decades, Western medicine has come to acknowledge the efficacy of many Eastern healing modalities, including acupuncture and medicinal herbalism. Veterinary medicine is no exception to the rule, and we are now more familiar with the science of some of these ancient practices.

Pet acupuncture or veterinary acupuncture is growing in popularity for its non-invasive approach to pain management and the successful treatment of many common pet illnesses, and is a treatment modality we are proud to offer at Billings Animal Family Hospital. Here is a look at why… Read the rest of this entry »

Why Is Chocolate Bad For Pets?

February 6th, 2015

Dog eating chocolates from heart shaped Valentine's boxWorldwide, people share a fondness for chocolate that spans a lifetime. From birthday cupcakes to fancy souffles, chocolate (and its strong temptations) surrounds and connects us. However, the prevalence of chocolate throughout the year – from Valentine’s Day to Halloween – creates harmful opportunities for curious pets, and should be never be shared.

Whether your pet has gotten into your secret stash, or you just want to be prepared for the future, knowing why chocolate is bad for pets, what to look for, and how to help, will not only save you time, but may even save your pet’s life. Read the rest of this entry »

No Butts About It: Pet Butt Scooting Stinks

February 2nd, 2015

puppy loveHave you ever witnessed your dog or cat dragging his bottom across the grass or worse, yet, your rug? Butt scooting is a common problem, but if your precious pet is doing this more than once in a while, it could be a sign of a serious problem.
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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 »