Celebrating Earth Day With Pets: A Spotlight On Public Health

Billings_iStock_000045052444_LargeWhat comes to mind when you think of Earth Day? Images of children holding hands and running barefoot through green grass? A crystal blue ocean filled with leaping dolphins and whales? Or perhaps a bustling recycling plant overflowing with plastic bottles ready to be turned into sweaters and park benches?

Public health probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when Earth Day is mentioned, but for pet owners, perhaps it should be.

While recycling and planting trees are wonderful and meaningful Earth Day (or everyday) activities, we invite you to consider the ways in which you as a pet owner can increase the safety, health, and beauty of your community. 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…

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…

Beat the Heat, Not the Other Way Around

Billings_iStock_000064735487_LargeNow that Summer is here, fun warm-weather activities for you and your pets abound. Long walks, chasing Frisbees, hiking, biking, swimming – the joys of summer exercise and play are hard to beat. Sadly, some otherwise healthy warm-weather fun may have unhealthy results for your pets if you aren’t paying attention.

Not-so Fun in the Sun

An awareness of warm weather pet safety is extremely important. Emergency pet clinics receive all sorts of summer-fun related animal trauma, but one of the worst summer emergencies involves overheating. We humans are able to sweat from all parts of our skin, which allows evaporation to cool us down. Dogs, on the other hand, can only sweat from their foot pads, which is not too effective – especially if you are standing on them. Continue…