Ahead of the Curve: Summer Pet Safety Tips

May 22nd, 2015

Billings_iStock_000013380754_LargeMontana remains a truly wild place – that’s why we love it here. Your pet (being a little wild, as well) likely loves nature, too, and the adventures waiting in the great backyard or beyond the fenceline. However, it’s always good to temper all that excitement with some caution. As we approach the long, lazy days of summer, we recommend the following summer pet safety tips to help you prepare – and protect your pet.

Abundant Sunshine

Pets adapt fairly well to seasonal changes, making it easy to forget all the potential risks associated with longer days and hotter temps. Always remember that your pet needs: Read the rest of this entry »

Beat the Heat, Not the Other Way Around

May 18th, 2015

Billings_iStock_000064735487_LargeNow that Summer is here, fun warm-weather activities for you and your pets abound. Long walks, chasing Frisbees, hiking, biking, swimming – the joys of summer exercise and play are hard to beat. Sadly, some otherwise healthy warm-weather fun may have unhealthy results for your pets if you aren’t paying attention.

Not-so Fun in the Sun

An awareness of warm weather pet safety is extremely important. Emergency pet clinics receive all sorts of summer-fun related animal trauma, but one of the worst summer emergencies involves overheating. We humans are able to sweat from all parts of our skin, which allows evaporation to cool us down. Dogs, on the other hand, can only sweat from their foot pads, which is not too effective – especially if you are standing on them. Read the rest of this entry »

Decoding Doggy Behavior: Why Dogs Hump Things

May 11th, 2015

 

Billings_iStock_000009502242_LargeIt always seems like it happens at the most inopportune moment: Your grandmother is over for dinner, or your kids are hosting a neighborhood playdate. Then, out of nowhere, your normally well-behaved family pet mounts a toy or, worse yet, one of your visitors.

What makes dogs engage in this embarrassing behavior? Most pet owners have wondered at some point why dogs hump and what they can do about it. Keep reading to become an expert in this common doggy indiscretion. Read the rest of this entry »

Ask a Vet: Why is My Dog Licking Ears?

May 1st, 2015

Billings_iStock_000047633956_LargeOur canine companions are known for having many cute, quirky, and sometimes even bizarre behaviors. Many of them stem from some evolutionary behavior or communication mechanism. Others are just unique to the family dog.

You may have noticed your pet licking the ears of another dog, cat, or even human in the household. This borderline gross behavior is not uncommon among dogs, but most pet owners have to wonder why their dog is licking ears. There are two possible answers to this age old question. Read the rest of this entry »

What Does That Mean? Deciphering Your Dog’s Body Language

April 23rd, 2015

Dog looks out at TreesIf you’re trying teach your pet a new trick, routine, or behavior, you’ll first need to understand the way your pet communicates.

 

Learning a new language can be tricky at first, but when trying to decipher what your dog is saying with those pinned-back ears or expressive eyebrows, there are a few common denominators among the species. Although your pet is definitely unique in his or her attempts to make you comprehend certain, shall we say… motivations (did somebody say squirrel?), pet body language is somewhat similar across the board. Read the rest of this entry »

Preventative Reptile Care: A Pound of Cure

April 16th, 2015

Turtle catches the frisbeeJust because you own a lizard, turtle, snake, or tortoise doesn’t mean that you don’t want to provide good pet care. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure in many instances of life, and caring for your small, scaly friend is no different.

Preventative reptile care is an important part of responsible pet ownership, and there are a few things reptile owners (or owners-to-be) need to know about caring for their pets. Read the rest of this entry »

Parvo and the Importance of Prevention

April 11th, 2015

White golden retriever puppyOne of the most frightening words a pet owner can hear is parvo. Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious disease that attacks the white blood cells and causes serious damage to the intestinal tract and sometimes the heart. Parvovirus most commonly affects puppies or dogs under one year of age, since in most cases, they have not been fully vaccinated and have weaker immune systems. In fact, 85% of dogs diagnosed with parvo are between 6-20 weeks old. However, unvaccinated adult dogs are also at risk. Read the rest of this entry »

Establishing a Baseline for Your Pet: The Ultimate Pet Health Monitoring Tool

April 3rd, 2015

Billings_000036607386_LargeAs pet parents, most of us are constantly looking for ways to improve our pets’ lives and help them live longer. While there are all sorts of ways we are accomplishing this, perhaps the most effective means to the end is actually not revolutionary at all.

Being an active participant in your pet’s care and pet health monitoring are actually the most effective way of extending your pet’s quantity and quality of life. By seeking routine wellness care, we can establish a baseline for our pet’s health and do better for him or her! Read the rest of this entry »

Establishing a Baseline for Your Pet: The Ultimate Pet Health Monitoring Tool

April 2nd, 2015

kitten on grass close up

As pet parents, most of us are constantly looking for ways to improve our pets’ lives and help them live longer. While there are all sorts of ways we are accomplishing this, perhaps the most effective means to the end is actually not revolutionary at all.

Being an active participant in your pet’s care and pet health monitoring are actually the most effective way of extending your pet’s quantity and quality of life. By seeking routine wellness care, we can establish a baseline for our pet’s health and do better for him or her! Read the rest of this entry »

A Recipe for Success: How Puppy Training Helps Pets Thrive

March 22nd, 2015

Running beagle puppy at the walkWhen you bring home a new puppy, you want to do everything exactly right. There is nothing quite like looking into those sweet, trusting eyes knowing that they are depending on you to do what is best.

While selecting the right food, picking the perfect collar, and finding just the right doggy bed may be important, a good puppy training program may be the most important thing you do for your new dog. Keep reading to learn how a formal puppy training program can help your pet thrive. Read the rest of this entry »