Intermountain Pet Hospital Blog

Can Insecticides Hurt My Dog?

May 23, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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It's that time of year again, and the bugs are starting to hatch and swarm around our heads. If your dog is like most, he or she probably loves to run around in the foothills or the parks, attracting all kinds of ticks, fleas, and other bugs. Keeping your dog safe from insects is an important part of being a pet owner, especially in the summer, and we've got all the information you need to use insecticides around your pup safely. The most important thing to remember: only use products that are designed to be safe for your dog, and use caution in your lawn care. Here's the inside scoop into controlling insects on your property and your pet.

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Fertilizing and Mulching This Spring? Keep Your Dog Safe

May 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Dangerous Plants for Dogs and Cats

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It's warming up, and everywhere we look green things are sprouting and growing. It's time to get out the shovel and the garden gloves and spend some time in your yard. It's a fun time of year to be making sure your lawn is the greenest on the block.

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6 tips to Keep Your Dog Safe Around Water

May 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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The weather is finally warming up, and it's time to get your dog out for some fun spring and summer activities. If your dog is like many others, he or she probably loves to jump into the lake, river, or creek when you go hit the water. What's more enjoyable than a cooling swim on a hot summer day? You'll probably hop in the water yourself!

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Lawn Chemicals 101: Keep Your Pets Safe and Your Lawn Green

May 2, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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Ahhh, the beauty of summertime: the hum of lawnmowers and the smell of fresh-cut grass are staples of this time of year. Everyone wants that lush, green lawn this time of year. Because of this, pesticides are a common sight in the lawn care regimen of the typical American; in fact, around 32% of lawn and garden sales are pesticides in the U.S.

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Don't Overlook the Dangers of Cheatgrass This Summer

April 25, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Dangerous Plants for Dogs and Cats

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Spring is here, and so are the grasses and flowers and plants springing to life. Before we know it, we'll be in the heat of summer, and your dog will get to do what he or she loves best: running around in the fields or the foothills. If you're like most dog owners in our area, you're familiar with the after-playtime cleanup, which invariably involves picking some nasty clingers out of your dog's fur. The most common clinger in our area is cheatgrass or Bromus tectorum.

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Spring is the Season of Shedding: Here's How to Handle It

April 18, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care,

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Ahh, spring is finally here. The smell of fragrant flowers and the sweet chirping of birds floats on the air, followed by billowing puffs of—wait, is that dog hair? Yes, it's spring, so that means it's also the shedding season. If you have a furrier dog or cat such as an Arctic breed, you may experience the seasonal headache of "blowing coat"—a term for when your pet sheds (a lot) and turns your house into a fuzzy mess.

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These Spring Plants Are Dangerous to Your Pets

April 11, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care,

Dangerous Plants for Dogs and Cats

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Spring is here, and with it comes a whole plethora of gorgeous new blooms and foliage. There's nothing quite as refreshing as taking your pet for a stroll and enjoying the fresh scents of flowers and plants. Before you head out with your trimmers or visit the local rose garden, however, you need to know which kinds of plants can be dangerous to your pet, especially if they have an allergy to a common spring bloom.

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Congratulations Bingo for Winning the Free Dental Cleaning!

April 4, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Dog Dental Health

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Because we met our goal of 70 dental cleanings during National Pet Dental Month (a.k.a. February to most people), we are happy to announce that Bingo, a sweet 9 year-old Pomeranian, will be getting his chompers polished up at no cost.  

Meet Bingo

Bingo was found near Lake Lowell in Nampa by a family that was on their way to visit grandparents. (Later, this family would find out Bingo was lost due to his owner being in the hospital.) He was trotting along the road, and they scooped him up so a car wouldn’t hit him. He was covered in feces, mud and sticks. The family went door to door in an attempt to locate the owner. Next, they called the local shelters and posted about Bingo on numerous websites and Craigslist. Still no luck.

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Fear Free Certified Explained

March 30, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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Is your dog or cat nervous every time you turn the car in the direction of the vet? Do you dread taking your beloved pet in for an exam because you know they'll be frightened, upset, and anxious? If so, you need to experience the difference of a low-stress veterinary visit. Such a thing does exist, and it's something that Intermountain Pet Hospital is proud to say that we are Fear Free Certifed!

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9 questions to ask your vet during the 1st visit with your puppy

March 28, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Puppy Care

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Congratulations on your new puppy! You're probably enjoying the playtime, snuggles, and getting to know your new pet. As a new pet owner, you're likely wondering what you'll need to do to keep your dog healthy and give her or him a long, healthy life. Your job as a pet parent all starts with taking him or her to the vet—and that first visit a crucial one.

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