Have a Safe Spring! Protecting Your Pet in the Upcoming Months


f4298dlWhile it may not feel like it quite yet, it is officially spring! March is also Poison Prevention Month, so we thought it might be a good time to remind you of some of the more common spring toxins that your pets might be exposed to. Keep the following in mind as the weather turns:



Digital Radiology: Changing the Future of Veterinary Care


In veterinary medicine used to be that taking radiographs, or x-rays, was a pretty involved process. At least two people would have to dress in lead protective equipment, position the (sometimes less than willing) animal on the table in order to provide a good picture of the area of interest.

Then an exposure was made and one of those individuals would have to trek to the dark room, run the film through a series of messy and stinky chemicals (in the dark!!!).  After this was complete, the veterinarian or technician would have to evaluate the resulting film and say that the positioning and picture was satisfactory, or… say it was not and make the individuals repeat the process over and over until they were satisfied.  Continue…

Tips for Bringing Home a New Pet


Congratulations on your new pet! You have probably done lots and lots of research to be sure that your new family member will fit into your home. But do you know what to do when your new pet gets there? Here are some tips:

  • Be sure that your home is pet-proofed. Remove any potentially toxic or dangerous items from reach. Don’t forget that pets have teeth, making items like electrical cords very dangerous. Baby gates and/or crates can help to keep your new addition safe from things you don’t want them getting into. Continue…

Reproductive Services & Breeding Information for Your Dog


Have you ever considered breeding your dog? If so, did you know that Billings Animal Family Hospital offers canine reproductive services? Dr. Best has a special interest in doggy reproduction, and is happy to help you every step of the way. Here are a few of the services offered:

  • Reproductive counseling and breeding suitability exams

For those who are thinking about breeding their dog, a discussion with their veterinarian is one of the most important steps. We will discuss with you what to expect in the breeding process and help to evaluate whether breeding your dog is a good decision.