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Idaho Is the Best State for Dogs

January 15, 2019 at 1:14 PM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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In November, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AMVA), released their 2017-18 edition of their Pet Ownership and Demographics Source Book and they listed Idaho as having the most dogs! Of course, we were not surprised by the news, but it does beg the question "How do other states stack up to dog, cat and other pet-owning households?"

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Expecting Holiday Company? – Help Your Pet with the Busy House

December 24, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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The holidays can be a stressful time. All the hustle and bustle, guests at the house, new faces, every surface cluttered with gifts and yummy smelling holiday baked goods—it can be a lot. And imagine all of those things from your dog’s perspective, who doesn’t even understand what’s going on.

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Planning on Giving a Pet as a Christmas Gift? 4 Considerations Before You Do

December 18, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Puppy Care,

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The holidays are just around the corner, and you’re probably trying to think of the perfect gift for the pet lover on your list. Maybe you’re even considering putting a big red bow on a furry friend and putting a pet under the tree this year. But hold up—think before you gift.

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How to Spot and Treat Hypothermia in Pets

November 6, 2018 at 10:31 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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Brr, is that a chill we feel in the air? As November descends, so does the impending winter weather and the below-freezing temperatures early in the morning. Although you may be thinking about ways to keep yourself warm, don’t forget your furry friend in the process. Your dog may be wearing a winter coat, but that doesn’t mean she’s immune to the cold of a Treasure Valley winter.

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Black Cats – Good Luck or Bad Luck?

October 30, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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If you’re a cat owner, you know that your feline friend is a source of companionship, fun, and lap snuggle sessions. But did you know that certain kinds of cats were abused and dreaded because of superstitions? Of course, we all know that a “black cat” is a supposedly spooky Halloween decoration and nobody wants one to cross their path, but where did these ideas come from?

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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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