What’s New? Check Out Our New Ultrasound Capabilities

February 1st, 2016

Billings_iStock_000012611017_LargeYou probably have realized that Billings Animal Family Hospital is all about staying on the cutting edge and providing the best possible care for your animal family. We are constantly looking for ways to improve our diagnostic, treatment, and care capabilities. That is why we are so excited to share with you our new ultrasound capabilities. Read the rest of this entry »

From the Obvious to the Subtle: How to Tell if Your Pet is in Pain

January 26th, 2016

Portrait of british short hair catWe all have “off” days and so does your pet. How can you really tell if something serious is bothering him or her? Besides the obvious effects of some injuries, there are many less pronounced issues that could cause pain in your pet. To make matters worse, your pet is hardwired to hide symptoms as a method of self-preservation.

Therefore, it’s vitally important to keep us in the loop if your pet is in pain or if you suspect he or she is feeling more than just a bit “off.” Read the rest of this entry »

The Jack Russell Terrier: Breed History, Personality, and What it’s Like to Live With One

January 17th, 2016

dog making splashes of snow. Jack Russell Terrier playing on sunIf you’ve ever seen Frasier, you know the character Eddie was played brilliantly by a very smart, well-trained Jack Russell Terrier. These small dogs are charming, intelligent, and adorable, but the breed is anything but a lap dog.

With boundless energy, fierce independence, and a proclivity for bouncing, running, digging, and hunting, the Jack Russell Terrier may be more than you bargained for or the perfect addition to your life. Read the rest of this entry »

Pet Apps You Can’t Live Without

January 11th, 2016

iStock_000076754759_LargeIf there’s an app for everything, it stands to reason that dogs and cats would be included. With over 144 million dogs and cats in America, it makes sense that they should be represented in the digital world. But how does the discerning pet owner even begin to know which apps are worth the time and potential cost? Read the rest of this entry »

Our Year In Review: Top Ten Blogs Of 2015

January 5th, 2016

Billings_iStock_000009354962_Large.jpgThe end of the calendar year provides us with an opportunity to remember and reflect on all the events, milestones, and everyday lessons that occur over the span of 365 days. During the last year we’ve attempted to provide our wonderful community or pet owners with relevant, meaningful information via our pet health blog, and when we pause to look back on each article it’s amazing what we find. For starters, blogs about rattlesnakes go over very well with our Billings community. Thanks for reading and check back next year for more goodies! Read the rest of this entry »

Paws to Enjoy the Season: Creating Holiday Pet Traditions

December 18th, 2015

iStock_000030968938_LargeThe holidays are a magical time of year when we spend time with our loved ones and enjoy each other’s company. The holidays are also full of traditions. Whether it be indulging in Aunt Gertie’s famous pineapple casserole on Christmas day, volunteering your time to help those in need, or watching It’s a Wonderful Life as a family, traditions make this season special.

Many times our pets play a limited role in our holiday festivities. Take some time this year to create a seasonal tradition or two with your furry family member that you are both sure to enjoy. Keep reading for some ideas for creating your own special holiday pet traditions this year. Read the rest of this entry »

We Fish You a Merry Christmas: Exotic Pets as Gifts

December 13th, 2015

 

iStock_000052726238_MediumHoliday shopping season is upon us, and you are probably trying to think of that perfect gift for your child, a niece or nephew, or a special friend. During this time of year, exotic pets such as hamsters, fish, or birds can be popular choices for that special present. Before you take the plunge, though, be sure to put some thought into choosing exotic pets as gifts. Read the rest of this entry »

Holly and Folly: Pet Holiday Safety

December 5th, 2015

iStock_000077561627_LargeMany people embrace the chaos of the holidays while others settle into a seasonal funk that lasts well after New Year’s. Our pets are no different, and their reactions are largely dependent on how prepared we are to address changes or disruptions in their routines.

Whether you’re hosting, visiting loved ones, or attending holiday parties, it’s important to consider your pet during this busy time of year. To keep the festivities jolly for everyone, we encourage you to take a moment to brush up on our pet holiday safety tips. Read the rest of this entry »

Breed Spotlight: Getting to Know Border Collies

November 22nd, 2015

Billings_iStock_000009354962_Large.jpgFrom catching frisbees to fetching the exact pink left slipper you’ve been looking for, Border Collies seem to have an intelligence that rivals that of most small children. In people terms they’re smart, in dog terms they are a veritable doggie Einstein or Hawking. Read the rest of this entry »

Scrapping Table Scraps: A Guide to Avoiding Pet Pancreatitis

November 15th, 2015

Billings_iStock_000076272325_Large.jpgAfter indulging in a chocolate cronut or an extra helping of mashed potatoes, most of us can just reach for some green papaya capsules or an antacid if we’re feeling uncomfortable. Luckily, many people can embrace a rich, delicious treat now and then without major repercussions. But can the same be said for your four-legged friend?

Sadly, no pet’s dinner menu should include cronut-inspired dishes. While those pleading eyes are hard to resist, he or she could develop pet pancreatitis from even one bite of something rich and fatty. Read the rest of this entry »