Fall Hunting and Dog Safety

iStock_000017794754_MediumThe weather in the Billings area starts to feel very autumnal in October and it’s typical to see a variety of weather patterns ranging from Indian summer days to rain and then, invariably, snow in November. Even during our relatively short fall season, Big Sky Country has a great deal to offer an outdoor enthusiast with hunting at the forefront of many people’s activities.

If you are one of the millions of people preparing your dog for a hunt we’d like to remind you of certain safety considerations. Being unprepared to deal with the weather, other hunters or accidents can put you and your dog at risk. While we at Billings Animal Family Hospital are there for you and your pet at every turn, we do recommend that you prepare as much as possible to enjoy the fall hunting season with your dog. Continue…

New Pet Wellness Plans at Billings Animal Family Hospital

playing catWe know there is a great deal of information, stress, and confusion regarding the cost of pet medical care. Certainly you love your pet and want to be able to cover any costs associated with medical care or an emergency. But significant amount of people may worry that they may not be able to afford medical bills for a sick or injured cat or dog.

At Billings Animal Family Hospital, we know it can be financially difficult to commit to your pet’s long-term care, so we’ve decided to make it a little easier for you. Continue…

Welcome Dr. Sarah Bruggeman!

sarahThe staff at Billings Animal Family Hospital could not be more pleased to introduce you to Dr. Sarah Bruggeman, DVM.

That’s right, Doctor Sarah Bruggeman!

For many of you, Dr. Sarah’s face is a familiar one, as she has been a part of the BAFH family off and on since 2001. This amazing woman (and Billings native) began with us 13 years ago as a receptionist and kennel attendant, and has been with us ever since (when time would allow) as she completed her education and, eventually, her degree in veterinary medicine. Continue…

Senior Pet Care Improves Quality of Life

iStock_000017127254_MediumWhile many of our adult pets are still active, playful, and in good health; did you know that after six to seven years of age, your cat or dog is considered to be in his or her senior years?

Pets age much more rapidly than we often notice, leaving the early-stages of health issues undetected because we still see our pets as relatively young. While the terms senior or geriatric are sometimes difficult to define, most veterinarians will agree that your pet should see his or her veterinarian every six months, after six years of age. Continue…

Laser Therapy for Pets

iStock_000014701170_MediumWhile laser therapy may seem a little cutting-edge for the veterinary world, it is an exciting treatment reality that Billings Animal Family Hospital offers to our pet patients. For those of you that are not familiar with therapeutic laser treatments, we want to help you understand why it’s such an exciting option for your pet’s pain management and wound care.

The Use Laser Therapy for Pets

For many of you, laser therapy may sound like something straight out of science fiction, but it’s actually an effective treatment that is approved by the FDA as a safe and effective modality for pain relief and healing. Continue…