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Nikki Wardle Nikki has been writing for Intermountain Pet Hospital since 2014.

What Pet Owners Should Look For When Choosing a Fertilizer

August 7, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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As a responsible pet owner, there are certain concessions you have to make to keep your dogs, cats and other pets safe in your home and yard. There are certain house plants you need to keep away from your pets. There are specific foods that you must never feed to your pets. And to add to the list, there are certain fertilizers you should use on your lawn to keep your dog and cat safe, and keep your lawn green.

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Dogs Vs. Cats: The IQ Showdown

July 31, 2018 at 2:00 PM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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The question has been debated since the domestication of dogs and cats:

Who's smarter?

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Keep Your Pets Away From These Summer Plants

July 24, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle

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If you have spent time at the Idaho Botanical Garden or walked around the Rose Garden of Julia Davis Park, you've probably noticed some of the amazing flowers that are in full bloom. They are amazing to look at, but be aware, your pet may not be just admiring them. Your pet may be thinking about how delicious those flowers might taste. 

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Fleas and Ticks and Mites…Oh My

July 19, 2018 at 3:00 PM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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Summertime is great for getting to the park, camping, hiking, and doing all the outdoor things the Treasure Valley has to offer with man's best friend. But...doing all the wonderful outside actives is also an open invitation for fleas, ticks, and mites to make their moves on your pet.

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Dr. Nancy Wunz Joins Intermountain Pet Hospital

July 11, 2018 at 3:30 PM by Nikki Wardle posted in Vet Near Me

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Meridian, Idaho:

Intermountain Pet Hospital welcomes Dr. Nancy Wunz to our growing family of veterinarians and staff.  Dr. Wunz is thrilled to offer veterinary pet care to all furry family members of the treasure valley.

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The Pits about Peach Pits

June 19, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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It’s summertime in the Treasure Valley, which means there is likely plenty of ripening fruit and veggies around your yard and neighborhood. If you have a peach tree nearby—or if you buy and eat peaches in your household—it’s important to know the dangers that peaches pose to your dog. You may be surprised to learn that peaches aren’t a benign snack for your dog, and could even be fatal.

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You’re So Vain: Is Your Cat’s Grooming Excessive?

June 12, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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When you imagine a relaxed cat, you probably see one draped over the edge of a sofa in a square of sunshine from the window, grooming herself contentedly. If you think your cat spends most of his day grooming, you’re not wrong. The average cat spends between 15-50% of his or her day licking and cleaning their fur.

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Are Mushrooms Okay for My Dog?

June 5, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Dangerous Plants for Dogs and Cats

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Have you ever been walking through the woods with your dog and suddenly realized she’s enthusiastically eating a mushroom? Dogs love wild mushrooms, so this isn’t an uncommon occurrence. But if your first thought is panic, you’re not far off. Wild mushrooms can be highly toxic and even fatal to dogs and humans. Here’s the fungis 411 you need to keep your dog safe.

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The Dangers of Bleeding Heart Poisoning to Your Dog

May 30, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Dangerous Plants for Dogs and Cats

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If you look around the Treasure Valley right now, one of the things you’ll notice is how beautiful our area is now that everything is in full bloom. Trees, plants, and shrubs are showing off as we head into summer, and it’s certainly enjoyable to see. But there are some plants and flowers you should be wary of if you have a furry friend in your backyard: the popular Bleeding Heart plant is one of them.

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What is Your Dog Telling You? A Guide to "Dog Speak"

May 22, 2018 at 1:00 PM by Nikki Wardle posted in Doggie Day Care

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As dog owners, we spend a lot of time, effort, and even money on communicating with our dogs. We want them to understand human commands, so we train them with repetition and consistency to help them grasp what we're trying to say. But for most dog owners, the communication is all one-sided because they don't put the same amount of effort into understanding what their dog is saying to them. It's worthwhile to take some time and learn what familiar noises in "dog speak" mean so you can clue into what your furry friend is telling you.

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