Ring in The New Year with our Top 10 Blogs for 2017

The New Year is almost upon us, and with that comes reflection on the year gone by and – a little excitement and new energy for the year to come. At Billings Animal Family Hospital, we took some time to look back at the blogs we wrote last year, and what interested our online family. We then pulled together the Top 10 Blogs for 2017 that you found the most relevant, informational, and fun. So, without further ado, we are pleased to share them here with you!

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Memorial Day Weekend Awaits! But is Your Pet Safe?

pet safeMemorial Day weekend is just around the corner, and for those champions of the backyard BBQ, nothing can be as exciting as firing up the grill. From ribs and steaks to chilling on the deck with a cold beverage, cookouts are indeed America’s holiday pastime.

However, for those of us with pets, Memorial Day weekend can also smell like trouble. The grill may not seem like a matter of concern, but many burned paws and food toxin emergencies have resulted from the unsupervised curiosity of our furry friends. To keep your pet safe this summer, take a moment to learn about some precautions you can take to ensure a great time for all.

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Happy Feet: Keeping Pet Paws Protected from Outdoor and Heat Dangers

Doggie PawsDespite all of the wear-and-tear they receive, pet paws are actually quite sensitive and subject to risk of injury, burn, and dryness or cracking. From scorching sidewalks to sharp rocks, paws are at increased risk, as we often spend more time outdoors with our furry companions during the summer months.

So how can you better protect those tender paws? Through summertime pet paw care!

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It’s Backyard BBQ Season! Pet Safety Tips for Your Furriest Guest

Group of friends eating outdoorSometimes, the tastiest way to enjoy a warm July day is to fire up the grill and invite a few guests over. Backyard parties are a great way to celebrate summer with friends, family, and your party-loving canine.

Unfortunately, while you pass around the plate of ribs, your chow hound may be checking out the trash, stray food, and unattended dishes. To get the most out of your hosting experience, beef up on these pet safety tips about potentially hazardous foods. Continue…

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…

Hooked! Tips To Keep Your Dog Safe While Fishing

Fly Fishing with DogOur state is well-known for many reasons, and among our tremendous natural resources and stunning beauty, Montana’s waterways are especially legendary. Not coincidentally, the combination of an avid angler with a well-trained hound is not a rare sight around these parts. However, while there are those that simply wouldn’t dream of leaving their dog at home, there are others that do not appreciate a canine’s presence while fishing.

While we’re not experts on the sometimes-complicated dynamics between anglers, we do know a thing or two about the ways to keep your dog safe while fishing. Ready to make a splash? Let’s dive right in… Continue…

The Scary Sounds of Summer: Noise Aversion in Pets

PuppyBam, pop-pop-pop, kaboom! From Fourth of July festivities to the ground-shaking thunder claps of a storm, these are the sounds of summer. Noise aversion in pets is a common condition, and these seasonal sounds may unfortunately create a lot of stress and result in adverse effects on health and wellbeing.

Few, if any, animals appreciate loud noises. This is in part due to their sensitivity to noise and ability to hear high frequencies. However, for some pets, simple aversion can turn into full blown phobias. Continue…

A Springtime Reminder: Avoiding Encounters with Venomous Snakes

Billings_iStock_000002429053_LargeThe coming of spring and warmer weather often means spending more time in Mother Nature. And, not only are pet owners and their pets ready to get out for some fun and sun, there is also more risk of encountering sun-loving venomous snakes.

Because we live in an area rife with snakes and the potential for an encounter, we want to review the importance of snake awareness and bite prevention, both for pet owners and their four-legged friends. Continue…

Here Comes The Sun: Pet Summer Safety Reminders

dog relaxing on grassThere’s nothing like summertime in Montana! After a grueling winter, people and their pets are all ready to stretch our legs and take in the sun. Before you hit the rivers, lakes, trails, or backyard with your pet this summer, take a moment to bone up on pet summer safety tips from your friends at Billings Animal Hospital.

Pet Summer Safety Begins At Home

Summer wouldn’t be the same without plenty of time spent grilling, playing, and just hanging out in the backyard. It’s important to be aware that many potential pet toxins are lurking right under our noses, in and around our homes and yards. Continue…

From the Obvious to the Subtle: How to Tell if Your Pet is in Pain

Portrait of british short hair catWe all have “off” days and so does your pet. How can you really tell if something serious is bothering him or her? Besides the obvious effects of some injuries, there are many less pronounced issues that could cause pain in your pet. To make matters worse, your pet is hardwired to hide symptoms as a method of self-preservation.

Therefore, it’s vitally important to keep us in the loop if your pet is in pain or if you suspect he or she is feeling more than just a bit “off.” Continue…