Posts Tagged ‘billings animal family’

Celebrating Your Pet’s Life

Thursday, 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. (more…)

Ear Infections in Pets

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

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One of the most common problems seen in the average veterinary practice is ear infections in pets. Many dogs and cats suffer from this uncomfortable condition, and chances are that your veterinarian sees several cases a day. (more…)

Thanksgiving Pet Safety

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

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Anyone who has visited the vet’s office in the days following a holiday can tell you that they are some of the busiest days of the year. Thanksgiving pet safety tips can help you avoid this hassle. (more…)

Halloween Safety: Pet Hazards

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

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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…)

Don’t Be a Sourpuss, Part 2: Keeping Your Cat Happy

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

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Keeping your cat happy and healthy while indoors doesn’t have to be a challenge. By providing your cat with an enriching environment that is conducive to his or her needs, you can keep your cat purring all year long. (more…)

Protecting Your Pet in a Wildfire

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

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As wildfires burn across the Intermountain West, many families and their pets are suffering the consequences. Thankfully the Billings area has been spared from wildfires this summer, but we are not out of the woods yet. Should disaster strike, we thought it best to brief you on what to know, just in case. (more…)

Mind Your Manners: Dog Park Etiquette

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

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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…)

Pets & Fireworks on the Fourth of July

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

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At long last, the Fourth of July has arrived! We love “the Fourth,” and like many of you, love the celebrations it brings: the floats, the friends, the food, and the fireworks.  Unfortunately, while we find the festivities to be fantastic, many forget that it is the worst night of the year for our pets. (more…)

Tips for Proper Pocket Pet Care

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

 

hamstercare_iStock_000000296889XSmallIf you have a pocket pet (pets such as hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, and the like), you have probably come to realize that there is a little more to their care than you originally thought.

These furry little critters are capable of stealing our hearts just as much as any dog or cat, and they look to us in order to ensure that they are properly cared for. Use the following tips to be sure that you are providing the best possible care for your pocket pets. (more…)

Happy National Hairball Awareness Day!

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

 

cat is being combedThe last Friday in April is one that is important to our feline friends everywhere. It is National Hairball Awareness Day. This common kitty ailment is no light matter. Take the day to learn a few facts about hairballs in cats:

  • The scientific name for a hairball is a trichobezoar.
  • Most hairballs are not balls at all, but rather elongated cylinders that mimic the shape of the cat’s digestive tract.
  • Hairballs result from hair swallowed during the grooming process. Most of the hair passes through the digestive system, but that which is left behind can form a hairball. (more…)