Billings Animal Family Hospital’s Top 10 Blogs of 2014

playing catAs we gear up for the 2015 ball to drop and the medley of Auld Lang Syne to begin, we at Billings Animal Family Hospital are also counting down… the top 10 blogs of 2014!

Our focus for our blog has been to empower you with pet health and safety resources. We are happy to know you’ve read these animal health tips and topics, and we welcome your input for upcoming topics and themes, too. Thank you!

Now, back to those blogs! Continue…

Make Your Holiday Even More Meaningful – Help An Animal In Need

Cute And LonelyThe holidays are a perfect time to consider the needs of others and, as animal lovers and advocates, we’ve been inspired by the countless compassionate volunteers and donors that continually make a difference in the lives of animals in need. If this is your first foray into the world of serving others, rest assured that numerous opportunities abound for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you have a constrained schedule or budget, there are many ways that you can apply your generosity this holiday season, and every month of the year. Continue…

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year: Holiday Pet Safety

iStock_000031226378_LargeWhile sipping on some eggnog, listening to Bing Crosby, and reflecting on the memories from holidays past, take a moment to assess your pet’s environment. Is it safe? Free of potential choking hazards and poisonous ingredients? Is it primed for your pet to enjoy the season, as well?

Even for a resolute Scrooge, the holidays can be a distracting time as we become truly flurried, not unlike the Montana weather. Presents to buy, trees to decorate, cookies to bake…In the shadow of so many inviting and comforting things to do, your pet could be at risk. To help with this, we brainstormed the pet safety tips you can use to eliminate holiday dangers dangling provocatively at your pet’s eye level. Continue…

Impress Your Pet: Top Pet Presents This Holiday Season

iStock_000051511110_LargeAlthough your pet may not understand the importance of gift-giving this time of the year, he or she certainly deserves to be treated to a little special something this holiday season. Sniffing around for just the right present can be time-consuming, though; so we’ve decided to do some of the legwork for you and compile a list of spot-on pet presents for the holiday season.

Health Matters

Some pet owners want to give the ongoing gift of health to their pets and a great way to do that is with dental care. Some pets don’t mind coming to see us for a dental cleaning experience, which can lengthen life and increase overall wellness. Also, acupuncture, although beneficial year-round, can make a great holiday present for pets unfamiliar to it’s healing and supportive qualities. Continue…

Winter Pet Safety

iStock_000031619262_LargeAs we dig out our own cold weather clothes and switch out the tires on our cars, it’s also time to think about what we can do to ease our pets through the winter. A few simple winter pet safety precautions can help keep the icy months a winter wonderland for our four-legged friend, and not a nightmare before (or after) Christmas.

The best thing we can do to keep our critters healthy and safe is to keep them warm and dry, and inside with us (preferably under quilts, and with lots of tummy rubs). When we do take them outside we can bundle them up in coats and sweaters and put booties on Dexter, we can dig a spot out of the snow for Checkers to go potty, and we can limit the time Penny is outdoors as the temperature drops.

All the winter pet precautions are no good if Peanut decides to run off though, so here are some important reasons to keep your furry friends close by to prevent a cold weather disaster. Continue…