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

Is This Common Household Product in Your Home?

October 17, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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It happens all too often and leaves dog owners devastated: everyday household items can, and do, cause death for beloved pets. This tragic scenario almost came true for a couple in Iowa last month when their one-year-old Boxer-Terrier mix Millie got into a bottle of melatonin.

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What is Feline Tooth Resorption?

October 9, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Dental Health

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Have you felt concerned about your cat's teeth because of her behavior? Have you noticed symptoms such as bleeding, drooling, or foul breath recently? If you're worried your cat has a cavity, think again. Feline cavities are very rare and an unlikely scenario for a domestic cat. What cats do frequently suffer from is a condition called tooth resorption.

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My Dog is Coughing: What Could it Mean?

October 2, 2018 at 9:07 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Canine Flu,

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You are a responsible dog owner. You take your pooch or pooches out for regular walks, give them the right food, take them to the dog park, and even doggy day camp on days you know you’ll be out all day. And of course, your family fur-ball is up-to-date on his vaccinations.

Now, he has a cough. A bad one.

You ask, “How could this happen? My dog is vaccinated. Is it the canine flu? Is it kennel cough?” The answer might surprise you.

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Why are neutered dogs less aggressive than un-neutered dogs

September 25, 2018 at 9:16 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Neutering Pets

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Making the decision to spay or neuter your pet can come with some worry and confusion. After all, you want what’s best for your dog and may worry about the effects of an operation like spaying or neutering. But when it comes to spaying and neutering, there are a plethora of good reasons to go forward. There are, of course, health benefits and convenience issues that often convince dog owners to spay or neuter, but you may be unaware of the behavioral reasons to consider spaying and neutering, as well.

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How to introduce a new puppy to your family dog

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

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Deciding to bring home a new puppy can be exciting, thrilling, and stressful all at once. If you already have another dog (or more) in the home, this introduction of a new family member can be dicey and require extra care and attention on your part. Particularly if you have concerns about your dog based on interactions in the past where your dog may have acted aggressively toward other animals, you should consider how to make the first impression a good one. Here are a few ideas to make the transition of bringing a new puppy home smooth.

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What you should know if a service dog approaches you without an owner

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

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If you saw an unattended dog approaching you, your response may be one of avoidance, annoyance, or even fear. Most unsupervised dogs should be cautiously approached, but when it comes to service dogs, there could be something else entirely going on than you think.

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A Neuroscientist Explains Why You Can’t Help But Love Puppies

September 5, 2018 at 10:23 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Puppy Care

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Neuroscientist Shannon Odell loves to study the brain and ask why certain things affect us so much, from alcohol to cuddling. In a recent video, Shannon tackled a question we may all wonder: why do we love puppies so dang much?

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The science behind why leaving a dog in a hot car can be deadly

August 28, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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Every year, dogs overheat and die after being left in hot cars during the heat of the summer. As we’ve been experiencing some of the hottest temperatures of the years in the Treasure Valley this month, ranging up to as high as 109 degrees, it’s a good time to talk about why it’s so dangerous to leave your dog in a car. It’s not a fun idea to consider and can be upsetting to think about, but it’s important to know why leaving your dog in a car for any amount of time during the summer can be lethal so quickly.

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Tips to make sure your dog is ready for the great outdoors

August 21, 2018 at 1:45 PM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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Is it time for an end-of-summer camping trip with the whole family, including Rover? Before you embark (see what we did there?) into the great outdoors with your pup, it’s important to be prepared and think through the entire adventure. Your dog’s safety is important, and everyone will have a much better time if you include your dog’s needs and temperature in your planning. Here are a few things to keep in mind before bringing your dog on a camping trip.

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It’s back to school for the kids – what about Fido

August 14, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Doggie Daycare

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As summer draws to a close, it’s time to start thinking about getting back to school and the routine of the fall and winter months. Your kids may already be complaining about the end of another fun and carefree summer and feeling a little unready to brave the classroom again—but have you thought about how your dog is feeling?

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