Category Archives: Animal Care

Dr. Doug Honken and his wife Terri are New Owners

Dr. Doug Honken and his wife Terri bought Grand Avenue Animal Hospital in August of 2018 from Dr. Mike and Dr. Sioux Stephens who have since retired and moved to Florida. Dr. Honken and Terri are very grateful Dr. Mike and Dr. Sioux chose them to take over their practice of over 30 years. They are excited to have the opportunity to continue providing exceptional care and look forward to meeting all of you and your animals.

Doug Honken, DVM- Veterinarian

Dr. Doug Honken Billings Veterinarian

Dr. Honken spent most of his life in Laramie, Wyoming. From a young age he knew he wanted to be a veterinarian and attended the University of Wyoming, earning a degree in microbiology before moving to Colorado State University for his degree in veterinary medicine.

Veterinary medicine became a family affair as Dr. Honken was often seen working along side his wife and their two children in their successful mixed animal practice in Laramie. It was there that he was honored with the 2007 Better Business award and deemed the ‘Angel Vet’ by the Springer Spaniel Rescue. In his years of practicing, he has gained a strong interest in soft tissue and extensive experience in orthopedic surgery.

Today you will see Dr. Honken working alongside with his wife, Terri, and trusty sidekick Riley, his beloved golden retriever. Together they share passion in providing compassionate and quality care to your animals.

Terry Honken Grand Avenue Animal HospitalTerri Honken

Terri is a Wyoming native, growing up in Casper. She attended Casper Community College, the University of Wyoming and the University of Northern Colorado, earning her degree in therapeutic recreation.

Terri has spent the better part of her adult life working along side Doug in running the family owned practice. She has a deep love for animals and strives everyday to assist in providing the best care to your beloved pets.

Sharing Animal Care for Over 30 Years

For over 30 years, our motto of “Sharing the Care” reflects our sincere belief that you are very important to the input, care and recovery regarding any health problems that may arise with your pet. We also believe it takes a partnership with you to provide life long preventative care to keep your family member happy and healthy. This “partner” approach helps makes the best vet care in Billings.

Animal Check Ups And Vaccinations

Your pet needs regular animal check ups to maintain a good healthy life. For optimal health, pets need regular vaccinations against common ills, such as rabies, distemper, feline leukemia,  feline upper respiratory viruses,  canine hepatitis, parvo and canine influenza virus.

How often your dog or cat needs to be immunized depends on their age, lifestyle, health, and risks, so if it’s been a while, talk to us about the vaccinations that make sense for your pet.

Pet Dental: Check Ups and Cleaning

Pet Dental? Just like you, your pet can suffer from gum disease, tooth loss, and tooth pain. And just like you, regular brushing and oral cleanings help keep your pet’s teeth strong and healthy.

“Dental disease is one of the most common preventable illnesses in pets,” Ohio veterinarian Vanessa Douglas tells WebMD, “yet many people never even look in their pet’s mouths.”

It’s estimated 80% of dogs and 70% cats show signs of dental disease by age three, leading to abscesses, loose teeth, and chronic pain. In addition to regular dental cleanings by us, periodontal disease can be avoided by proper dental care by owners. Some pets may be more susceptible than others. Consult us at Grand Avenue Animal Hospital for a good source of information about brushing techniques, oral rinses, and dental treats.

Animal Exercise: Providing an Enriched Environment for your Pets

Animal exercise is important (and good for you too)! An enriched environment is another key to the long-term health and welfare of your canine and feline friends. House pets need a fun and healthy environment and outdoor pets, such as larger dogs can benefit from longer walks and more dynamic terrain and activities.

Pets need mental stimulation, say the pros, which may mean daily walks for your pooch, and scratching posts, window perches, and toys for your cat. It means play time with you, which not only keeps your pet’s muscles toned and boredom at bay, it also strengthens your bond with your four-footed companions.

Animal ID Chip and Tags

Your animal’s tag’s are a must. The use of an animal ID chip is even better. Lack of any ID tags or devices means as few as 14% of pets ever find their way home after getting lost. Regular tag IDs are a minimum for local cases and fortunately, microchipping allows for the pet to have a far greater chance of making it back to its owner no matter how far away it is when found.

About the size of a rice grain, a microchip is inserted under the skin in less than a second. It needs no battery and can be scanned by a vet or an animal control officer quickly.

Be sure to register the chip ID with the chip’s maker. A current registration is the vital last step in making certain your pet can always find his way home.

National Pet Week: Pets at play will brighten your day!

National Pet Month is a celebration of the benefits that pets bring to our lives – and vice versa. In short, this month has communities all over the Nation spreading the awareness of pet wellness that include:

  • Promote the benefits of pet ownership
  • Support pet adoption
  • Make people aware of the benefits of pets for people and people for pets
  • Increase public awareness of services available from professionals who work with animals
  • Raise awareness of the role, value and contribution to society of working companion animals


Dog and Cat Vaccinations

For optimal health, pets need regular  vaccinations against common ills, such as rabies, distemper, feline leukemia, feline upper respiratory viruses,  canine hepatitis, parvo and canine influenza virus.

How often your dog or cat needs to be immunized depends on their age, lifestyle, health, and risks. Talk to us about the vaccinations that make sense for your pet.

Diet and Nutrition for Your Animal

A good pet diet is crucial to your animals health and happiness. Many dogs, cats and other domestic animals in the U.S. are overweight or obese. And just like people, obesity in pets comes with health risks that include diabetes, arthritis, cancer and other health issues.

Overfeeding is one of the leading causes of obesity.  Keeping your pets trim can add years to their lives and we can help you with better food, diet and exercise tips.

Because pets need far fewer calories than most of us think—as little as 185-370 a day for a small, inactive dog; just 240-350 calories daily for a 10-pound cat—talk to our vets and techs at Grand Avenue Animal Clinic, who can make feeding suggestions based on your pet’s age, weight, and lifestyle.