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Your Pet’s Dental Health

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Brushing Dogs Teeth


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… (more…)

Halloween Safety: Pet Hazards

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

halloween pet safety


Ghosts, goblins, and ghouls … There are lots of scary things lurking in the shadows this Halloween. Thankfully, none of them are really a risk toward Halloween safety. There are, however, some Halloween pet hazards that you should still be on the lookout for. (more…)

Lumps and Bumps on Your Pet: When to Worry

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013


You are petting your dog when you notice something that you have never noticed before. There is a small yet definite lump just behind is left ear. What could it be? Should you worry? Is it an emergency?  (more…)

Hunting Safety: Tips for Keeping Your Pet Safe In Hunting Season

Thursday, September 19th, 2013


It is September, which means that hunting season here in Montana is in full swing. Whether you are gearing up to go out yourself or just living in the area, you need to make yourself aware of things that you can do to make this hunting season a safe one.  (more…)

Mind Your Manners: Dog Park Etiquette

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013


The dog parks in Billings can provide you and your dog with a much-needed opportunity to work out the kinks after a long day at the office. However, from Billings to Boston, there is a basic etiquette that all dog park users should know and follow. (more…)

Holiday Baking Hazards

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

I shouldn’t share baked goods with my pets?

The holiday season is a time of indulgence for many Americans, and you may be tempted to pass along the good cheer to your four-legged friends.  When including them in the festivities, be careful not to overdo it, however.  Many traditional holiday baked goods are not good for, or even harmful to, our pets.  Be wary of the following:

  • Chocolate

Most people know that chocolate is not good for their pets.  The compound theobromine can cause digestive side effects (think diarrhea and vomiting) at lower doses, but at higher doses it can cause increased or irregular heart rate, seizures, and even death.  Dark chocolate and baking chocolate contain higher levels of theobromine.  The dose is also size dependant, making smaller critters at the highest risk of serious side effects.  Play it safe and find a different treat for Fido.

  • Macadamia nuts

A frequent ingredient in holiday baked goods, macadamia nuts are also on the naughty list.  Ingestion can cause weakness, depression, vomiting, and loss of coordination.

  • Pastry/bread dough

Uncooked yeast-containing treats can expand when mixed with body heat and cause bloating or obstruction.  Also, the organisms can produce enough alcohol as they ferment to lead to alcohol poisoning!  Don’t let your pets sneak a taste of your baked goods!

  • Grapes/raisins

Many treats contain this ingredient.  Grapes and raisins have the potential to cause kidney failure in dogs, and the amount needed varies greatly from pet to pet.  For some animals very few can cause devastating results.

  • Xylitol

If you use this artificial sweetener in your baking, be aware that tiny amounts can cause severe side effects in dogs resulting in liver failure, low blood sugar, and even death.

Instead of sharing people treats with your pets, find a recipe for homemade treats or visit a local dog bakery.  Doing so helps to make sure that your pet enjoys the holiday season as much as you do!

Kneady Cats

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Kneady Cats

We have all seen our cats knead (alternating pushing in and out with the right and left front paws) from time to time, but do you really know why?  The truth is that no one is really sure what this behavior means, however there are several theories.

  • It is an instinctive behavior that is comforting.  Kittens perform this behavior while nursing, so kneading may be a self-soothing behavior similar to humans sucking their thumb.
  • It is a behavior designed to help make a fluffy bed before settling down for a cat nap.
  • Kneading allows cats to mark their territory through the scent glands on the bottoms of the paws.

So, long story short, we simply do not know!  It may be rooted in one of these suggestions, a combination of them, or none at all.  As with so many other aspects of feline behavior, this one remains a mystery!



What does ABVP mean to you?

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Did you know that Dr. Edie Best is ABVP certified? “What’s that” you might say…. Or “Who cares”!!

ABVP stands for AMERICAN BOARD of VETERINARY PRACTITIONERS. Dr. Best received certification in 2003 and became a “Diplomate” with this small group of veterinarians. In fact, there are only 900 ABVP Diplomates in the United States and abroad!

So, what does it mean? It means your veterinarian made the choice to undergo a very long, very difficult process of additional studies and examination to become a board-certified specialist. This process can take up to six years to complete. The process, however, does not end at certification. ABVP Diplomates are required to recertify every 10 years, something most other specialty groups do not require. In the end, the motivation behind achieving Diplomate status us, very simply, excellence!

ABVP Diplomates have proven knowledge and expertise above and beyond what is required to practice veterinary medicine. Beyond that, they have earned the privilege to specialize in the treatment of one or more categories of animals.

How does this affect you? You can rest easy knowing your pets are receiving expert treatment because your veterinarian feels a strong commitment to providing the best possible care available. ABVP advances the quality of veterinary medicine through the certification of veterinarians who demonstrate excellence in species-oriented clinical practice.

The Diplomates of the ABVP have a common desire and willingness to deliver superior, comprehensive, multi-disciplinary veterinary service to the public. They are veterinarians who have demonstrated expertise in the broad range of clinical subjects relevant to their practice and display the ability to communicate medical observations and data in an organized and appropriate manner.

Dr. Best is due for recertification by the end of 2013. She will be traveling to Chicago this November to take the extensive 2-day examination to qualify for recertification.