Boating With Your Pet: Keeping Your Fur Friend Safe Around Water

water safetySpending time on the water is one of America’s favorite pastimes during the warm summer months. Boating is a particularly great way to combine a love of outdoor recreation with a love for swimming and floating on a tranquil lake. For pet owners, this often entails bringing a water-loving dog along for some fun in the sun.

Boating with your pet, however, should also include necessary preparations and awareness of safety precautions. Like you would with a child, a pet requires some additional attention and planning to ensure a most incredible day on the water.

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Animal Planet: Wildlife Safety 101

Abyssinian cat hunting in parkRaccoons, coyotes, snakes, deer, skunks, rabbits, foxes, and bears are only a few of the hundreds of species of wildlife that have adapted to life near humans. As Montana residents, many of us encounter some or all of these beautiful creatures on a regular basis, whether during a wilderness excursion or right in our own backyards.

It may not be possible to live in perfect harmony with our surrounding ecosystem, but by understanding the principles of wildlife safety we can help to protect our human families, our pets, and of course the creatures themselves. Continue…

Wildlife Awareness for Pet Owners

Desert CoyoteWhile you may not consider yourself the Grizzly Adams type, life in Montana means exposure to Mother Nature in all of her beauty and perils (after all, it’s why we live here). Wildlife awareness is almost second nature to us, and we often have personal stories with wildlife close encounters.

But wildlife safety takes a different turn when we are pet owners. Whether our cat is outdoors a lot or we love to hike with our dog, there are precautions to take.

The Basics of Wildlife Awareness

Even if you aren’t planning a camping or hiking excursion, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with species that have adapted to urban areas. And, it is not uncommon to run into coyotes, bears, skunks, foxes, and other wildlife. Continue…

The Sun, Bugs, and Pets: Making the Most of the Summer

billings-iStock_000047785894_Large (1)Summer sun and fun means you and your pets are probably going to be spending a little time outdoors. Like most people, you are probably slathering on the sunscreen and bugspray to avoid the burns and bites of the season. But, if your pets are joining you, you may be wondering if they need protection, too.

Learn what you need to know about the sun, bugs, and pets. Continue…

There’s No Place Like Home: Microchipping Your Pet

Billings_iStock_000019191267_LargeWith summer in full swing at last, many of us are spending weekends in the mountains and on the trails. And, not surprisingly, some of us are opting to bring our dog (or cat) along on our summer adventures, as well. Whether it’s taking a road trip, going camping, or just getting out for a morning hike, Billings pet owners just can’t seem to leave their pets at home. Continue…

Ahead of the Curve: Summer Pet Safety Tips

Billings_iStock_000013380754_LargeMontana remains a truly wild place – that’s why we love it here. Your pet (being a little wild, as well) likely loves nature, too, and the adventures waiting in the great backyard or beyond the fenceline. However, it’s always good to temper all that excitement with some caution. As we approach the long, lazy days of summer, we recommend the following summer pet safety tips to help you prepare – and protect your pet.

Abundant Sunshine

Pets adapt fairly well to seasonal changes, making it easy to forget all the potential risks associated with longer days and hotter temps. Always remember that your pet needs: Continue…

Pets and Rattlesnakes: Avoiding an Unfortunate Meeting

Mojave Rattlesnake - Crotalus scutulatusSpring is just around the corner, and with the rise in temperatures and the sunny days ahead, rattlesnake and other venomous snake sightings are set to become more common. A few years ago, we blogged about the types of venomous snakes in the area and what happens – physiologically speaking – if your dog is bitten. However, an encounter between pets and rattlesnakes (or other venomous reptile) can be prevented with some simple precautions and a focus on avoiding these scenarios in which most bites occur. Continue…

Celebrate National Walk Your Dog Month

Family and dog having fun in the country in winterJanuary is National Walk Your Dog Month and we at Billings Animal Family Hospital want to encourage you to keep that “get more active” new year’s resolution by walking your dog! Yes, those of us in a colder climate like Billings MT may find it a little harder to get motivated during the winter months, but walking has an undeniably positive effect on the health of your dog (and you, too!). Continue…