No Place Like Home: Holiday Pet Safety

Let's help to Santa Clause!First, allow us to wish you and your family a happy holiday season! Your to-do list is probably overflowing, but hopefully, you’re able to sneak in some quality time with your best furry friend. After all, without extra time and attention, your pet could easily find – or fall into – trouble. Don’t worry, with our holiday pet safety tips and tricks, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy all that glitters this season.

Sweets and Meats

The holidays are brimming with indulgences, but remember, these goodies can be harmful to your pet. Never leave the following out for your pet to sample:

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Scrapping Table Scraps: A Guide to Avoiding Pet Pancreatitis

Billings_iStock_000076272325_Large.jpgAfter indulging in a chocolate cronut or an extra helping of mashed potatoes, most of us can just reach for some green papaya capsules or an antacid if we’re feeling uncomfortable. Luckily, many people can embrace a rich, delicious treat now and then without major repercussions. But can the same be said for your four-legged friend?

Sadly, no pet’s dinner menu should include cronut-inspired dishes. While those pleading eyes are hard to resist, he or she could develop pet pancreatitis from even one bite of something rich and fatty. Continue…

The Billings Animal Family Hospital Guide To Healthy Treats

Portrait of a Parson Jack Russell Terrier transfixed by the prospect of a treatThe word “treat” is not generally synonymous with “healthy”. Most treats for pets, and for people, come in packages and are laden with fat, salt, and sugar. All pets love prepackaged treats, but did you know that most enjoy fruits and vegetables too?

Loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, certain properly prepared fruits, veggies, and other pantry staples make wonderful alternative treats for dogs and cats. When deciding which of the many healthy treats to offer your pet, it is absolutely vital to keep in mind that some people food is toxic to pets and therefore strictly off-limits, such as grapes, onions, chocolate, and macadamia nuts to name a few.
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The Best In Summer Fitness For Your Pet

girl and dog on top of the mountainWhether you have an interest in getting ready for the popular winter sport of skijoring, or you simply want to get outside in the summer sunshine, you and your pet are in for a special treat this summer. Billings – and all of Montana – has some pretty spectacular outdoor opportunities for everyone, and our summer weather is second to none. Summer fitness for your pet should be a priority number one, and we hope to add to his or her health with the following ideas and guidelines. Continue…

The Perils of Pet Obesity

Golden Retrieving FoodAmericans have come to view pudgy pets as cute and funny. The reality is, though, that pets who are overweight are unhealthy. Extra fat carries health risks for animals as well humans. Recognizing when a beloved pet is overweight and understanding the seriousness of the problem is a vital part of responsible pet ownership. Continue…