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

Why You Should Wait Until Puberty to Neuter Your Dog

December 19, 2017 at 11:52 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Neutering Pets

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The valid concerns of pet overpopulation have prompted frequent and aggressive spay and neuter campaigns on local and national levels. These are well-intended: without responsible pet ownership and spaying/neutering, many pets end up in foster care or shelters—even increasing the rates of dogs and cats who are euthanized needlessly.

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News Flash: You CAN Spay your dog too early

December 14, 2017 at 11:11 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Neutering Pets

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When it comes to spaying your female dog, you probably have plenty of questions. For some pet owners, spaying is an overwhelming decision they know they’ll have to make at some point, but put off because the research seems daunting.

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Your AAHA! Moment: Choosing an AAHA Accredited Hospital

December 7, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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As a pet owner, you want the best for your furry friend and work hard to provide a good life for them. You do your research, know your stuff, and choose the best products and services for your dog or cat. You also want the best possible health care for your pet, starting with the first line of defense: your veterinarian.

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Can I leave my dog in my car during the winter?

November 29, 2017 at 2:57 PM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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Many pet owners love their dogs enough to want to spend as much time as possible with them, so it’s no surprise when they choose to bring their furry friends along on errands or to events. Many public places are dog-friendly and welcome your pet in, but more often than not, grocery stores and other businesses where food is prepared and/or served don’t allow animals inside. Because of this, many owners wonder: can I leave my dog in the car during the winter months?

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Your Pet and Thanksgiving Food

November 22, 2017 at 9:45 PM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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Your Pet and Thanksgiving Food

It's time to indulge at the Thanksgiving table and eat until we all have to let out a few notches in our belts. During the festive meals of the holidays, it can be tempting to get Fido or Fluffy in on the fun and give your dog or cat a plate full of leftovers. Pause before loading up their food bowl with turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes, though. What looks harmless to you could spell gastrointestinal distress—or worse—for your pet. Here’s what you need to know before giving your pet any Thanksgiving leftovers.

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The Bones About Giving Bones to Your Dog

November 14, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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There are few things that will make a dog happier than a bone.  Dog owners know that they'll get Fido's tail wagging fast if they offer the leftover bones from dinner, and who doesn't like to see a goofy doggy grin on their pup's face?

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Flying the Friendly Skies with your Pet: Worth the Risk?

November 9, 2017 at 2:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Dog Boarding

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The holidays are fast approaching, and it's the season to visit grandma, your parents or whoever you've promised you'll be home for Christmas. Is Rover hopping on an airplane with you as well this year? If so, it's crucial that you plan ahead and factor your furry carry-on into your travel plans. Here's how to make sure things go smoothly on your first flight with Fido.

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Don’t Forget to Brush Your Pet Teeth Everyday

October 30, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Dog Dental Health

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Do you break out in a cold sweat just imagining brushing Fido's teeth? It's understandable, especially when you catch a glimpse of those needle-sharp canines and inscisors—even on your friendly dog, they can look pretty ferocious.

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What's Your Dog's Poo is Telling You?

October 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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If you're a dog owner, you put up with your fair share of crap. Literally. There's a lot of poop-scooping, bagging, examining, and cleaning up that comes with having a furry family member, and responsible pet owners know that it's not all sunshine and daisies. It's your duty (pun definitely intended) to pay attention to what's coming out of your dog's business end, and although you don't have to get too dirty, a little information can go a long way toward making knowing if your canine is having tummy troubles or not. 

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The Butt Crawl and What To Do To Stop It

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

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Some of the things your dog does probably make you wonder, "What the poop?" Perhaps no behaviors are more perplexing than the classic butt scoot that your pup does on occasion.

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