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

It’s Flu Season, For You and Your Dog

October 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Canine Flu

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It's almost that time of year again when we all cozy up with our family and furry friends for the long Northwest winter. The almanac promises another snowy winter, but there's something else we can always count on as the weather gets colder and we spend more time indoors: flu season. We humans only deal with influenza in the cold months, but the dog flu is an issue year-round. Did you know that flu affects our canine companions and is a growing concern? Here's what you need to know to protect your dog from dog flu.

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What to Ask Before Choosing a Doggy Day Care

October 10, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Doggie Day Camp

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Is Fido forlorn every time you head out to work, leaving you feeling helpless and guilty? Does Rover give you puppy dog eyes and trash the house out of pent-up energy when your work schedule demands long days and late nights?

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Tips for protecting your cat this fall

October 2, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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Ahhh, autumn. It's time to breathe in the scent of crisp fall air and enjoy the crunch of leaves under our feet, and then head inside for a cat nap. Speaking of cats, have you considered how your feline friend is affected by the change in the weather?

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Fall Pet Allergies: Symptoms and Solutions

September 26, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pets with Allergies

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It's a lovely time of year to enjoy all the many outdoor activities the Treasure Valley has to offer. There is now a slight chill in the air, brilliant turning leaves, and the promise of the holidays coming up to enjoy with friends and family. And hey, it's possible that your seasonal allergies are easing up. But did you know your dog or cat may be experiencing some allergies of his or her own during the fall season? Some pets show symptoms of their autumn allergy issues and without the information you need, you may miss the tell-tale signs and not know how to make your dog more comfortable. Here's what every pet owner should know about their furry friends seasonal allergies.

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Getting to the point on Goat Heads (a.k.a. puncture vine)

September 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Dangerous Plants for Dogs and Cats

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Maybe you've had an experience explaining some of the hazards of Idaho living to out-of-state friends and relatives—or maybe you just told someone who doesn't live here that there are goat heads alongside the road everywhere this time of year. To their shocked stares and confused questions, you've probably answered, "Oh, not actual heads of actual goats… stickers or thorns. You know, goat heads."

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Stare Down or Hide: The Lowdown of Your Dog's #2 Habits

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

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**Updated 9/14/2017**

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Does my dog suffer from separation anxiety now that school is in session?

September 12, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Doggie Day Camp

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The weather is beginning to turn, the leaves are starting to yellow, and school buses are lining up to take kids back to the classroom. As school starts back up and the unstructured, fun days of summer end, your family may be happy to get into a rhythm and resume familiar routines. But don't forget your furry family members: they may be less excited about the beginning of the school year. In fact, you may begin to notice your dog "acting out" in September and October as the house gets quieter during the day. Your dog could be suffering from separation anxiety and struggling with the transition back into the academic year.

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Poinsettia Panic: How Toxic Are Poinsettias to Dogs?

September 5, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Dangerous Plants for Dogs and Cats

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You may or may not have heard that poinsettias are highly toxic, even deadly to pets and children. If this is news to you, you maybe worried about bringing these popular plants into your home during the holidays since it's "common knowledge" that they could be fatal when ingested.

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Heartleaf Philodendron: Is This Popular Plant a Threat to Your Pet's Safety?

August 29, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care,

Dangerous Plants for Dogs and Cats

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Before bringing home a new pet, you probably looked around your house before you brought your furry friend home and pet-proofed. Maybe you read about the best ways to keep puppies and kitties out of your human food, what to keep out of reach, and how to keep Fido or fluffy from chewing up your beautiful leather shoes. By all accounts, your dog and cat should be safe, happy, and comfortable in your home. But did you consider the toxicity level of your houseplants in the process?

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Can Lilies Kill Your Pet?

August 8, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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As a loving pet owner, you've probably become aware of the various things in your environment that could be harmful to your furry friend. You may keep a watchful eye to keep him or her inside to stay safe, keep dangerous products away, and feed only the best kind of food. But even with all of these precautions, you could have pet killers lurking in your backyard where Mr. FuzzyPaws plays. Did you know that many varieties of lilies are poisonous to dogs and cats? Read on to learn the warning signs, how to spot a poisonous lily, and how to keep your cat safe.

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