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

Idaho Is the Best State for Dogs

January 15, 2019 at 1:14 PM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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In November, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AMVA), released their 2017-18 edition of their Pet Ownership and Demographics Source Book and they listed Idaho as having the most dogs! Of course, we were not surprised by the news, but it does beg the question "How do other states stack up to dog, cat and other pet-owning households?"

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New Year’s Resolution: Brush your Pet’s Teeth Everyday

January 8, 2019 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Dental Health

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While you’re considering that long list of potential New Year’s resolutions, think about setting one for your pet’s health. Why not resolve to brush your dog’s teeth every day in 2019? It may seem more ambitious to write this resolution down than to lose weight, travel more, or call your mom every Friday. But the truth is, brushing your dog’s teeth isn’t all that difficult, and creating a habit of healthy pet hygiene in 2019 could save your pet pain and your money. Here’s why.

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Expecting Holiday Company? – Help Your Pet with the Busy House

December 24, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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The holidays can be a stressful time. All the hustle and bustle, guests at the house, new faces, every surface cluttered with gifts and yummy smelling holiday baked goods—it can be a lot. And imagine all of those things from your dog’s perspective, who doesn’t even understand what’s going on.

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Planning on Giving a Pet as a Christmas Gift? 4 Considerations Before You Do

December 18, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Puppy Care,

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The holidays are just around the corner, and you’re probably trying to think of the perfect gift for the pet lover on your list. Maybe you’re even considering putting a big red bow on a furry friend and putting a pet under the tree this year. But hold up—think before you gift.

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Humans Need Chiropractic adjustments, So Do Pets

December 11, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Chiropractic Care

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Have you ever had one of those mornings when you wake up and can hardly get out of bed? And it’s not because you’re not looking forward to your first cup of coffee: it’s because your body is all out of whack for one reason or another. That’s when you call the chiropractor.

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Your Cat’s Brain on Catnip

November 27, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Facts

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Felines—they’re often viewed as one of the most majestic creatures, whether they’re a young domestic shorthair or a lion, the “king of the jungle.” Cats tend to have a reserved air, even sometimes with their favorite humans and will be aloof whenever it suits them. But there’s one time no cat can keep their cool—and that’s when someone brings out the catnip.

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Where dogs at the first Thanksgiving?

November 20, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Facts

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It’s Thanksgiving week, a time when we all sit down around a big table with our dear family and friends (both furry and otherwise) and take a moment to be grateful. Celebrating Thanksgiving can be a wonderful time to give your dog a little extra love and reflect on everything they’ve been for you over the years.

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What’s the Scoop on Grain-Free Pet Foods?

November 13, 2018 at 9:19 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Dangerous Foods for Pets

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As a pet owner, you’re always looking for ways to give them the best life possible, and that includes the food you feed your dog. But could it be possible that a trendy dog “health” food trend is harming your pet?

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How to Spot and Treat Hypothermia in Pets

November 6, 2018 at 10:31 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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Brr, is that a chill we feel in the air? As November descends, so does the impending winter weather and the below-freezing temperatures early in the morning. Although you may be thinking about ways to keep yourself warm, don’t forget your furry friend in the process. Your dog may be wearing a winter coat, but that doesn’t mean she’s immune to the cold of a Treasure Valley winter.

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Black Cats – Good Luck or Bad Luck?

October 30, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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If you’re a cat owner, you know that your feline friend is a source of companionship, fun, and lap snuggle sessions. But did you know that certain kinds of cats were abused and dreaded because of superstitions? Of course, we all know that a “black cat” is a supposedly spooky Halloween decoration and nobody wants one to cross their path, but where did these ideas come from?

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