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Is This Common Household Product in Your Home?

October 17, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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It happens all too often and leaves dog owners devastated: everyday household items can, and do, cause death for beloved pets. This tragic scenario almost came true for a couple in Iowa last month when their one-year-old Boxer-Terrier mix Millie got into a bottle of melatonin.

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What you should know if a service dog approaches you without an owner

September 11, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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If you saw an unattended dog approaching you, your response may be one of avoidance, annoyance, or even fear. Most unsupervised dogs should be cautiously approached, but when it comes to service dogs, there could be something else entirely going on than you think.

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The science behind why leaving a dog in a hot car can be deadly

August 28, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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Every year, dogs overheat and die after being left in hot cars during the heat of the summer. As we’ve been experiencing some of the hottest temperatures of the years in the Treasure Valley this month, ranging up to as high as 109 degrees, it’s a good time to talk about why it’s so dangerous to leave your dog in a car. It’s not a fun idea to consider and can be upsetting to think about, but it’s important to know why leaving your dog in a car for any amount of time during the summer can be lethal so quickly.

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Tips to make sure your dog is ready for the great outdoors

August 21, 2018 at 1:45 PM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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Is it time for an end-of-summer camping trip with the whole family, including Rover? Before you embark (see what we did there?) into the great outdoors with your pup, it’s important to be prepared and think through the entire adventure. Your dog’s safety is important, and everyone will have a much better time if you include your dog’s needs and temperature in your planning. Here are a few things to keep in mind before bringing your dog on a camping trip.

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What Pet Owners Should Look For When Choosing a Fertilizer

August 7, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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As a responsible pet owner, there are certain concessions you have to make to keep your dogs, cats and other pets safe in your home and yard. There are certain house plants you need to keep away from your pets. There are specific foods that you must never feed to your pets. And to add to the list, there are certain fertilizers you should use on your lawn to keep your dog and cat safe, and keep your lawn green.

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Dogs Vs. Cats: The IQ Showdown

July 31, 2018 at 2:00 PM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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The question has been debated since the domestication of dogs and cats:

Who's smarter?

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Fleas and Ticks and Mites…Oh My

July 19, 2018 at 3:00 PM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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Summertime is great for getting to the park, camping, hiking, and doing all the outdoor things the Treasure Valley has to offer with man's best friend. But...doing all the wonderful outside actives is also an open invitation for fleas, ticks, and mites to make their moves on your pet.

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The Pits about Peach Pits

June 19, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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It’s summertime in the Treasure Valley, which means there is likely plenty of ripening fruit and veggies around your yard and neighborhood. If you have a peach tree nearby—or if you buy and eat peaches in your household—it’s important to know the dangers that peaches pose to your dog. You may be surprised to learn that peaches aren’t a benign snack for your dog, and could even be fatal.

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You’re So Vain: Is Your Cat’s Grooming Excessive?

June 12, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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When you imagine a relaxed cat, you probably see one draped over the edge of a sofa in a square of sunshine from the window, grooming herself contentedly. If you think your cat spends most of his day grooming, you’re not wrong. The average cat spends between 15-50% of his or her day licking and cleaning their fur.

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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,

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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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