Category Archives: News & Tips

New Canine Respiratory Disease

Certain areas in Montana are experiencing an outbreak of severe respiratory disease.   The State Veterinarian has received reports from Bozeman, Livingston, Billings, Butte, Roundup and Redlodge so far.  Signs are similar to a severe case of “kennel cough”, but this is not the “kennel cough” dogs have been vaccinated for.  Canine influenza is suggested but further testing is in progress.

We have a vaccine for influenza (H3N2) if you would like your dog vaccinated for it.  It requires a series of two injections three weeks apart and the dog must be at least 8 weeks of age.  Limiting your dog’s exposure to other dogs or public water bowls,  etc is recommended at this time.

“Doc when do we know it’s time?”

This is a question we are confronted with concerning our clients pets all of the time.  Two of the best websites that we have recently come across that may be of help are:   Pawspice.com: Click on Services tab; then select Quality of Life Care of Life Scale

The other website is Lapoflove.com:  Click on Quality of Life Tab

Heartworm Disease & Ticks

Warm weather & mosquitoes are just around the corner.  Over the last few years HEARTWORMS, spread by mosquitoes, have appeared in Montana.  If you are interested in placing your pet on heartworm preventative medicine again this year, the month of MAY is the time to do so.  Please call our office for more information about a heartworm test or to refill your pet’s heartworm medicine.  Choose the once a month tablet or the convenient SIX MONTH INJECTION.  May and June are also the beginning of TICK season and we offer reliable products for their control.

Animal Check Ups And Vaccinations

billings animal 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

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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.

August Animal Tips for Fall Yard and House Preparations

pesticides and dogs

Animal tips for fall include your seasonal yard and house preparations. The use of insecticides and rodenticides increases in the autumn as rodents and insects seek shelter from the cooler temperatures by attempting to move indoors. Rodenticides and insecticides are highly toxic to pets—if ingested, the results could be fatal. If you must use these products, do so with extreme caution and use/store them in places inaccessible to your pets.

 

Animal Exercise: Providing an Enriched Environment for your Pets

Health tips for dogs in Billings

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

Grand Ave Pet Hospital ID Chip

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.

Dog and Cat Vaccinations

Pet Vaccinations in Billings Montana

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

Dog Food Cat Food Billings MT

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.