Billings Animal Family Hospital? There’s an App for That!

April 11th, 2014

BillingsAppBillings Animal Family Hospital is excited to introduce its foray into the exciting world of mobile technology with the launch of our new app! At BAFH, we know how important technology has become to our everyday life – especially mobile technology – and it is our hope that this app will make your pet’s veterinary care more accessible, and interacting with our staff and service more convenient.

Smart Phone – Smart Care

The Billings Animal Family Hospital app is available free of charge for the Android OS, as well as the iPhone and iPad, making it accessible to all smartphone users, regardless of your mobile device’s operating system. Read the rest of this entry »

Advanced Pet Pain Management

April 3rd, 2014

cat with broken legDid you know that pets experience pain just like we do? Unfortunately, many conditions that pets experience are painful, but their ability to mask that pain is tremendous. Whether it be after a surgery, due to trauma, or secondary to a chronic condition, it is our priority at Billings Animal Family Hospital to minimize any discomfort that your family pet may feel.

Most veterinary hospitals offer pain-relief for their patients, but we are happy to offer cutting-edge pet pain management techniques to provide all of our patients with the most effective pain control possible.

Good pet pain management is not only important from a comfort perspective, but is also an important part your pet’s healing. It is important for us to address pain in our pets to provide the best possible outcome for your pet’s condition. Read the rest of this entry »

Anal Sac Problems in Pets

March 28th, 2014

dog sitting and scratching itselfDid you know that dogs and cats have something called anal sacs (also sometimes referred to as anal glands)? They are two little pockets just inside the rectum that contain a strongly scented discharge.

Normally your pet expresses this liquid during his or her bowel movements and it’s not something you, as a pet owner, ever have to think about. However, you have probably had the “pleasure” of smelling the distinct fishy odor that can sometimes result when they are expressed.

Unfortunately, some pets can have problems related to their anal sacs. Some of the more common issues include:

Signs of Anal Sac Problems

Normally the sacs empty themselves routinely through tiny openings. When this does not happen, the anal sacs become very full. If they continue Read the rest of this entry »

Adopting a Rabbit

March 21st, 2014

RabbitsWith Easter just a hop, skip, and a jump away, you may be considering adopting a rabbit into your family. But before you bring a fluffy bunny home this spring, you may want to consider that a rabbits is not a give-and-forget pet, and that they do require the same care and attention that you would give a cat or dog.

Sadly, 95% of the rabbits and chicks given as pets at Easter don’t live to see their first birthday. Given this heartbreaking statistic, we hope you will give the decision to adopt a rabbit the consideration it deserves. Here are a few carrots to chew on… Read the rest of this entry »

How to Handle a Found Pet

March 14th, 2014

LostDogAs a pet owner, you probably know the panic that comes with losing a pet. You’ve probably even imagined how terrifying and heartbreaking it is for a pet to be lost, too. And, hopefully, because of this, you’ve tried to help lost pets that you’ve found get home, or at least find a safe place to stay until he or she can be reunited with his or her owner.

But helping a lost (and now found) pet isn’t always as simple as it seems. It’s only natural for both you and the animal to be a little nervous about the whole ordeal, but with a little know-how on your part (and maybe a few treats) it is possible to help these scared, lost pets find their way to safety.

Planning Ahead

If you’re one to play the hero, it’s always best to be prepared. Lost animals don’t always show up at our doorstep (although they can), but instead tend to cross our path while we’re out and about.

Because of this, we recommend having the following items in your car or kit bag when you’re on the go: Read the rest of this entry »

Dental X-Rays for Pets

March 5th, 2014

High Tech Veterinary OfficeProper 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 »

Celebrating Your Pet’s Life

February 27th, 2014

PetLossThe 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 »

How Pets Benefit Our Health

February 20th, 2014

HappyHoundOur 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 »

Valentine’s Day Pet Safety Tips

February 13th, 2014

Kitten with rose petalsFor 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 »

Responsible Pet Ownership

February 6th, 2014

dog and manFebruary 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.

The Basics

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 »