Anal Sac Problems in Pets

dog sitting and scratching itselfDid you know that dogs and cats have something called anal sacs (also sometimes referred to as anal glands)? They are two little pockets just inside the rectum that contain a strongly scented discharge.

Normally your pet expresses this liquid during his or her bowel movements and it’s not something you, as a pet owner, ever have to think about. However, you have probably had the “pleasure” of smelling the distinct fishy odor that can sometimes result when they are expressed.

Unfortunately, some pets can have problems related to their anal sacs. Some of the more common issues include:

Signs of Anal Sac Problems

Normally the sacs empty themselves routinely through tiny openings. When this does not happen, the anal sacs become very full. If they continue Continue…

Adopting a Rabbit

RabbitsWith Easter just a hop, skip, and a jump away, you may be considering adopting a rabbit into your family. But before you bring a fluffy bunny home this spring, you may want to consider that a rabbits is not a give-and-forget pet, and that they do require the same care and attention that you would give a cat or dog.

Sadly, 95% of the rabbits and chicks given as pets at Easter don’t live to see their first birthday. Given this heartbreaking statistic, we hope you will give the decision to adopt a rabbit the consideration it deserves. Here are a few carrots to chew on… Continue…

How to Handle a Found Pet

LostDogAs a pet owner, you probably know the panic that comes with losing a pet. You’ve probably even imagined how terrifying and heartbreaking it is for a pet to be lost, too. And, hopefully, because of this, you’ve tried to help lost pets that you’ve found get home, or at least find a safe place to stay until he or she can be reunited with his or her owner.

But helping a lost (and now found) pet isn’t always as simple as it seems. It’s only natural for both you and the animal to be a little nervous about the whole ordeal, but with a little know-how on your part (and maybe a few treats) it is possible to help these scared, lost pets find their way to safety.

Planning Ahead

If you’re one to play the hero, it’s always best to be prepared. Lost animals don’t always show up at our doorstep (although they can), but instead tend to cross our path while we’re out and about.

Because of this, we recommend having the following items in your car or kit bag when you’re on the go: Continue…

Dental X-Rays for Pets

High Tech Veterinary OfficeProper dental care is one of the most important things that you can do for your pets. Animals who receive quality dental care throughout their lifetime have been shown to live longer, healthier lives.

We strive to help you achieve the best quality care for your pets in all aspects. That is why we not only help you to provide good at-home dental care, but also provide all of our patients with dental services that meet the highest standards.

The American Veterinary Dental College maintains that dental radiographs (X-rays) are one of the most important tools at a veterinarian’s disposal.

At Billings Animal Family Hospital, we are proud to provide dental X-rays for pets. Continue…