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

Dental Disease in Dogs can be Fatal… and You can be Your Dog’s Hero

March 3, 2017 at 9:53 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Dog Dental Health

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You already know that you should be brushing your dog's teeth daily, and you probably know why: dental disease can be painful, frustrating, and hard on the pocket book. Here at Intermountain Pet Hospital, we talk often about how to keeping your pet's dental health in check can help improve their quality of life and stop them from living in pain. But pet dental health is about much more than just staving off a toothache: left untreated, dental disease in dogs is deadly.

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Why We are Adding to the Required Vaccinations for Dog Day Camp and Lodging

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

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'Tis the season for coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose. No one's happy to come down with a strain of this year's flu, and hopefully, you've taken concrete steps to avoid it like getting your annual flu shot.

Did you know that your dog is just as susceptible as you are to influenza? That's why it's important to get your dog vaccinated. As part of our mission to keep your dog healthy, IPH has updated vaccination requirements for our dog day camp to include the canine influenza immunization.

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How to Choose the Right Vet to do your Pet’s Dental Cleaning

February 21, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Dental Health

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Cost can be an understandable barrier for proper pet dental care. Many pet owners wonder whether they're buying their vet a new car every time they come in for any dental work. Why, they ask, is it so expensive to take care of your dog's teeth?

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Dear Master, This is how I say "I Love You”

February 14, 2017 at 11:20 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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Becoming a dog owner is one of the most rewarding things you can do—full of moments of snuggling, love, bonding, and fun. It's not without its annoying moments, though: for instance, when was the last time you got to sit on the porcelain throne without an audience? Or took a nap without a curious nose sniffing directly in front of your face? Or cuddled with your significant other without jealous stares and moans from your furry friend?

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News Flash: Dogs and Cats Need Their Teeth Cleaned Too

February 7, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Dental Health

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There's a reason the saying "I'd rather have a root canal" carries a heavy emphasis. It's because everyone hates visiting the dentist—it probably means a sore jaw, a bit of pain, and a new toothbrush on the way out the door.

And yet we all go to the dentist. Why? Because it's a heck of a lot better than living with the pain that cavities and other dental issues cause.

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Pets In the Workplace: Good or Bad?

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

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Pets can do wonders for your physical and mental well-being. This won’t surprise a lot of people—you probably wouldn’t be reading this blog if you didn’t have at least some inkling of it. Research supports this idea too: According to a recent study by the United States Humane Society, 79.7 million households have a pet.

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6 of the Best Dog Breeds for First-Time Owners

January 31, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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Are you looking for the perfect furry friend to complete your family? Choosing the dog breed that will fit your family and lifestyle is an important process and one that you shouldn't rush through. You should consider activity level, temperament, size, genetic issues, and many other factors when researching breeds.

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We are Proud to Announce that Kim Mulvahill gets CVPM Certification

January 26, 2017 at 4:17 PM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Vaccination Clinic

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At Intermountain Pet Hospital, we’ve always believed in keeping our training and skill sets up to date. The better educated we are, the better care we can give to your furry friends. 

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7 Activities Your Dog Can Do To Avoid the Winter Blues

January 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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Maybe you're feeling a touch of the winter blues during this winter, now called the "2017 snowmageddon". The snow and ice just seem to keep piling up. When the weather gets like this, it's easy to feel cooped up, bored and frustrated.

Don't forget that your dog probably has a bad case of cabin fever too. You may have already noticed that he or she isn't quite himself or seems to have far too much energy for the house to contain. But when the weather doesn't lend itself to a game of fetch at the park, how can you help your dog exercise and stay healthy?

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Why we use anesthesia for your pet’s dental cleaning

January 17, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Dental Health

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Bringing your dog or cat in for a procedure can be nerve-wracking both for your pet and for you. Anesthesia is a central part of dental work and other veterinary procedures that require pets to stay still and calm.

The idea of putting your pet under anesthesia might make you uneasy. However, it's much safer than having your pet struggle and possibly injure themselves or the veterinary staff. Here's what you need to know about having your pet anesthetized for dental work.

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