Keeping Thanksgiving Pet-Safe and Fur-Friendly

english Bulldog puppy in chef's hat“Pass the turkey!”

“More stuffing, please.”

“Nomnomnom… Zzzzzzzz”

These are the familiar sounds of Thanksgiving, a day abuzz with the usual banquet of overwhelming good eats and treats, followed by that post-feast nap on the couch. While we feel very thankful for the food we share and the time we spend with loved ones, for pet parents, the safety and whereabouts of pets during the hectic holiday is a big concern –or at least it should be.

Like other holidays, Thanksgiving brings with it potentially pet toxic foods, dangerous decorations, and overzealous guests with leftovers for Fido and Patches. And, even in the best of cases, it’s easy to overfeed your dog or cat, which can result in digestive upset and even more serious issues like pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas resulting from overindulgence. Continue…

Caring for the Pregnant Dog

iStock_000038976440_MediumBreeding pets isn’t for everyone, or even most. It takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and passion for the breed. If you are someone who has decided to breed their dog, however, you know how overwhelming it can be to take care of your pregnant pet.

Luckily for you, Billings Animal Family Hospital has enormous expertise and experience in the area. We are always happy to help our clients with their canine reproductive care needs.

Prenatal Care for Your Dog

Dogs are pregnant for approximately 63 days and, just as in their human counterparts, experience changes in metabolism during their pregnancy. It is important to make the appropriate adjustments to her care during this time in order to help her have a healthy, strong litter. Be sure to do the following for your pregnant dog: Continue…

Shake It Off: Deciphering the Trembling Dog

iStock_000007345679_MediumChances are that if your dog is shaking, he or she is not enjoying Taylor Swift’s latest album. Dogs may shake, shiver, and tremble for many reasons. Some of them are no big deal, and others can be more serious. Learn about the more common reasons you might see a quivering canine.

Physiological Issues

Shaking can be a normal physiologic response to certain situations. Dogs may shake if they are:

  • Cold
  • Excited
  • Nervous
  • Stressed/anxious
  • If you can pinpoint one of these stimuli as a cause for your pet’s trembling it is probably nothing to be too worried about. The shaking should subside when the cause is removed and not be frequently recurring. Continue…