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

Canine Influenza is no joke and spreading fast

July 18, 2017 at 9:00 PM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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The canine influenza virus H3N2 strain first showed up in Chicago in 2015 and didn't show immediate signs of spreading quickly. In late May, it reared its ugly head again, jumping across state lines and infecting an estimated 300 or more dogs. There are confirmed cases of H3N2 in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas, and there are several confirmed canine fatalities.

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The Dangers of Foxtail to Dogs and Cats

July 12, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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If you've spent at least one summer in Idaho, then you are well aware of a particular annoying weed that grows rampant across the West. Scientists refer to it as Bromus Madritensis, us non-Ph.D. folks call it foxtail grass, and it's more than a nuisance. It'll stick to your socks and cause a poke in your shoes, but it could also be deadly to your dog.

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Dr. Benjamin Davis Joins Intermountain Pet Hospital

July 6, 2017 at 2:00 PM by Nikki Wardle posted in Vet Near Me

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Meridian, Idaho:

Intermountain Pet Hospital welcomes Dr. Benjamin Davis to our Overland location. Dr. Davis is thrilled to be back in Boise to serve the community he loves.

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7 Places to Vacay With Your Furry Family Members This Summer

July 5, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care,

Pet Friendly Vacations

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As the summer months heat up, so do many dog owners' travel plans. Maybe this year you're tired of wondering what Fido is doing without you while you sip a drink on the beach or take a sunset hike in the mountains. If you want to take your furry friend along this summer, there are plenty of dog-friendly vacations you could embark (pun definitely intended) on.

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The Ugly Truth About Bleeding Heart and Foxglove

June 21, 2017 at 11:45 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Dangerous Plants for Dogs and Cats

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Are you looking for new plants to put in your yard and flower beds, but you're not sure what to choose as a dog owner? It's crucial that you do some necessary research before selecting new flowers, shrubs, and trees for your lawn. Without proper information, you could plant something that's dangerous to your dog's health.

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Roses and Rover: Are Roses Safe for Dogs?

June 15, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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If you're a gardening enthusiast, you're probably spending quite a bit of time out in the sunny weather adding to your landscape. If you're looking for a pet-safe way to make your yard beautiful, you may be considering planting a rose bush or two. Roses are a classic, lovely addition to any garden, and bring with them a sense of nostalgia and elegance. But are roses truly safe for your dog?

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Dogs Left in Hot Cars: What to Do in the Worst Case Scenario

June 7, 2017 at 12:44 PM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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It's that time of year again when the weather heats up, and pet owners everywhere get out and about to enjoy summer. However, too often local headlines during the summer months tell a cautionary tale: pets left in cars while it's hot outside are likely to suffer severe distress and even death.

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Kill weeds, not pets

May 30, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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As the weather turns warmer and the days get longer, you're probably noticing a few unwelcome visitors pop up in your lawn and garden. The last thing you want for your property is to grow a weed patch, so you've probably already set the wheels in motion to eradicate a few dandelions, button weed, and other plants from your yard.

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Can Insecticides Hurt My Dog?

May 23, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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It's that time of year again, and the bugs are starting to hatch and swarm around our heads. If your dog is like most, he or she probably loves to run around in the foothills or the parks, attracting all kinds of ticks, fleas, and other bugs. Keeping your dog safe from insects is an important part of being a pet owner, especially in the summer, and we've got all the information you need to use insecticides around your pup safely. The most important thing to remember: only use products that are designed to be safe for your dog, and use caution in your lawn care. Here's the inside scoop into controlling insects on your property and your pet.

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Fertilizing and Mulching This Spring? Keep Your Dog Safe

May 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Dangerous Plants for Dogs and Cats

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It's warming up, and everywhere we look green things are sprouting and growing. It's time to get out the shovel and the garden gloves and spend some time in your yard. It's a fun time of year to be making sure your lawn is the greenest on the block.

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