‘Tis the Season: Great Gifts for Pet Owners

Boy and a dogWe all know and love someone who collects…something. Not surprisingly, pet owners have a special knack for accumulating items that pay homage to their favorite pet. Over the years, these collections grow until the entire house is full of chicken knick-knacks, Boston terrier throw pillows, Macaw figurines, and photographs of cats getting into trouble.

It might seem that there aren’t any gifts for pet owners anymore, as they’ve all been purchased and displayed already. Well, Billings Animal Family Hospital has the scoop on the most clever, useful, and meaningful gifts for the animal lover in your life. Let the holiday shopping begin!


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:


Safe, Healthy, and Delicious Holiday Foods for Pets

Begging for the Holiday FeastLet’s face it, food is a big deal, and even more so during the holiday season when there are endless opportunities for feasting with family and friends (or on the couch while watching football).

For many families, a holiday gathering wouldn’t be complete without allowing Fido or Fluffy to sample the holiday edibles. Although we may think we are just giving our pets a treat, we may be actually be endangering their health or even their lives.

It’s understandable to want to share the season’s culinary delights with your pets, but it’s crucial to do so in a safe and healthy manner. Your team at Billings Animal Family Hospital has come up with some delicious and nutritious holiday foods for pets that are sure to please your four-legged friend.


Five Ways Dogs and Cats Show Their Love

OVRS_iStock_000017127254_LargeThere really is nothing like coming home from a rough day at work to the warm and friendly face of your fur baby. Happy and eager to comfort you from the adversity of the world, our furry friends give comfort, friendship, and love.

What signs do our dogs and cats give us that they love us? How do they communicate those emotions? What do our pets do that show us they love us? Let’s cover some of the activities that speak from his or her heart to yours and help you and feel the love.


Eye Contact – Your puppy pal will be comfortable giving a long gaze if he or she is in love with you.

Smiles for Miles – Canines use the same muscles to smile that people do. So, smile at each other more often to show that affirmative affection. Continue…

We Fish You a Merry Christmas: Exotic Pets as Gifts


iStock_000052726238_MediumHoliday shopping season is upon us, and you are probably trying to think of that perfect gift for your child, a niece or nephew, or a special friend. During this time of year, exotic pets such as hamsters, fish, or birds can be popular choices for that special present. Before you take the plunge, though, be sure to put some thought into choosing exotic pets as gifts. Continue…

Holly and Folly: Pet Holiday Safety

iStock_000077561627_LargeMany people embrace the chaos of the holidays while others settle into a seasonal funk that lasts well after New Year’s. Our pets are no different, and their reactions are largely dependent on how prepared we are to address changes or disruptions in their routines.

Whether you’re hosting, visiting loved ones, or attending holiday parties, it’s important to consider your pet during this busy time of year. To keep the festivities jolly for everyone, we encourage you to take a moment to brush up on our pet holiday safety tips. Continue…

Black Cats and Halloween: The Myths, the Facts, the Dangers

iStock_000008891247_LargeAt some point in time, the image of a black cat, hackles raised and eyes glowing, has become intimately associated with the Halloween holiday. They certainly add an aura of mystique to the season, but why black cats? Read on to learn more about how black cats and Halloween have come to be associated and separate the facts from the spooky speculation.

The History of Black Cats and Halloween

The connection between black cats and Halloween is certainly not a new one. Stories of black cats, thought to be evil spirits, being sacrificed into fires during the celebration of the Lord of the Dead on October 31 can be found about 2,000 years back in Druid circles. Continue…

Fourth of July Pet Safety: Celebrate Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of…Low-Stress!

Patriotic PuppyA recent study revealed that Montana is one of the most patriotic states in the nation, and we’d have to agree! Year round, we appreciate our freedom – and honor those that defend it – but the Fourth of July really takes the cake (or, apple pie a la mode!).

Independence Day is one that is spent with family, friends, and, of course, our special four-legged friend. However, the celebratory mood can evaporate quickly in the case of a pet emergency. Continue…