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

What Can Chiropractic Care Do for My Pet?

May 15, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Alternative Veterinary Medicine

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It can be heart-breaking to watch your dog suffer from the effects of aging. Maybe Fido’s not as young as he once was, and now lives in daily pain or can’t run and play like he used to. Maybe you’ve even sought out surgery for your dog, but you’re still watching her live in pain. If this is the case, it may be time for you to gift your dog the gift of pet chiropractic care.

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Dr. “Toby” Bingham Joins Intermountain Pet Hospital

May 8, 2018 at 1:19 PM by Nikki Wardle posted in Alternative Veterinary Medicine

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Intermountain Pet Hospital welcomes Dr. “Toby” Bingham to our Chinden location. Dr. Toby is thrilled to offer pet chiropractic care and orthopedic manipulation.

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Do Your Dog’s Ears Hang Low? Science May Know Why

May 2, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle

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Maybe you’ve never thought about it, but you’ll notice the trend once you look around: many domesticated dogs have lovable, droopy, floppy ears. In fact, you may subconsciously associate gentle and slow dogs with floppy ears—who’s afraid of a Basset Hound, after all?—and guard dogs with alert, upright ears (like a German Shepherd). Why is it that some dogs have floppy ears while others are naturally upright?

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What Can St. John’s Wort Do For My Pet?

April 24, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Alternative Veterinary Medicine

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As scientists and doctors uncover more about the healing powers of natural substances, alternative treatments have woven their way into the day-to-day prescriptions of western medicine. From acupuncture to herbal teas, many doctors are recommending treatments that have been around for centuries and are now proven true through scientific research. These alternative therapy plans can be just as powerful for your pet when recommended by a licensed veterinarian. Here’s why.

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Protect Your Springtime Bulbs… and Your Pets

April 17, 2018 at 9:47 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Dangerous Plants for Dogs and Cats

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It’s a beautiful time of year in the Treasure Valley when the tulips, lilies, and daffodils start popping up in your garden and yard. You’ve probably been getting outside more already with your pets to enjoy the warming weather and do a little digging in the garden—or maybe your dog has done most of the digging so far. But did you know that two of your favorite things—bulb plants and your dog—don’t mix?

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Relieve Pet Arthritis and More With Turmeric

April 4, 2018 at 8:58 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care,

Alternative Veterinary Medicine

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There’s a new superfood on the block, and it’s one that not only humans can benefit from, but dogs as well. Turmeric may seem like the last alternative medicine you’d consider for your dog, but if your pet is suffering from inflamed joints, arthritis, or memory issues, it may be time to look into this wonder powder.

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4 Reasons Your Dog Goes Crazy After a Bath

March 27, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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The zoomies. The post-bath crazies. Energy burst. Whatever you call it, you’ve probably experienced it: your dog goes nuts running around your house or yard after a bath. It’s fun to watch (as long as you don’t get a lap-full of wet dog on accident), but it’s also a little weird, right? Why does your dog go crazy after a bath? We’re no doggy psychologists, but we’ve been around enough canines to have a few ideas.

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What You Need to Know About Canine Flu

March 21, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Canine Flu

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A recent news story has Treasure Valley pet owners worried, and for a good reason: the canine influenza virus has made its way to the Boise area. This isn’t surprising given the rapid spread of canine flu over the past several years as it sweeps through the United States and has proven deadly to even some healthy, adolescent dogs. Canine influenza virus (CIV) is relatively new to the U.S., meaning most dogs haven’t been exposed before and haven’t been vaccinated, either. It is highly contagious and can be fatal, even to a healthy dog, and especially to very young or elderly pets.

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5 Things to Know About Acupuncture for Dogs

March 13, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Acupuncture for Dogs

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Maybe you’ve looked into or even utilized acupuncture as a pain management technique and alternative to traditional (or western) medicine. There are scads of studies that show the benefits of acupuncture for managing arthritis, anxiety, chronic pain, and even cancer symptoms.

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The dog flu is nothing to sneeze at, and now it’s in the Treasure Valley

March 6, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Canine Flu,

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In February, vets at Broadway Veterinary Hospital diagnosed the valley’s first case of dog flu, confirming fears that an outbreak would occur locally sooner or later. The dog flu has spread steadily across the U.S. over the last ten years, hitting hard in states like Louisiana and Minnesota.

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