Crate Training Cats: It Can Be Done!

kittens jump out of a plastic box for transport on a white backgIt’s likely that you’ve never really considered the benefits of crate training your cat… After all, crates are for dogs, right? And we all know that training cats to do anything requires advanced coursework at Hogwarts.

Joking aside, though; there are tremendous benefits to crate training cats, and the task itself is not nearly as difficult as you might think. With a little cunning and some basic trickery (not to mention a few healthy treats), you will have your cat thinking that his or her crate is the cat’s meow, in no time. Continue…

Dr. Google: Why Depending on the Internet to Diagnose a Sick Pet is Dangerous

Billings_iStock_000016221968_LargeImagine this scenario: It’s midnight and your pet just vomited up who-knows-what and appears restless. What is the first thing you’ll likely to do? Honestly?

If you said search Google for sick pet symptoms, you would be one pet owner among many. And, while online pet health information can be informative, the problems of relying on online information to diagnose your pet are many and may put your pet’s health at risk. Continue…

Pet Acupuncture: The Benefits of a Healing Touch

acupuncture needlesOver the past few decades, Western medicine has come to acknowledge the efficacy of many Eastern healing modalities, including acupuncture and medicinal herbalism. Veterinary medicine is no exception to the rule, and we are now more familiar with the science of some of these ancient practices.

Pet acupuncture or veterinary acupuncture is growing in popularity for its non-invasive approach to pain management and the successful treatment of many common pet illnesses, and is a treatment modality we are proud to offer at Billings Animal Family Hospital. Here is a look at why… Continue…

Why Is Chocolate Bad For Pets?

Dog eating chocolates from heart shaped Valentine's boxWorldwide, people share a fondness for chocolate that spans a lifetime. From birthday cupcakes to fancy souffles, chocolate (and its strong temptations) surrounds and connects us. However, the prevalence of chocolate throughout the year – from Valentine’s Day to Halloween – creates harmful opportunities for curious pets, and should be never be shared.

Whether your pet has gotten into your secret stash, or you just want to be prepared for the future, knowing why chocolate is bad for pets, what to look for, and how to help, will not only save you time, but may even save your pet’s life. Continue…