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.
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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.
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.
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? 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 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.
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 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
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.