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10 Minutes with Dr. Bingham: “Why we require the Canine Flu Vaccine”

August 2, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Dr. Brett Bingham posted in Pet Care,

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Last March, Intermountain Pet Hospital decided to require canine flu vaccinations for all dogs staying at our Lodge and Day Camp. Over the past few months, some clients and fellow veterinary professionals have asked why we did this. We’d like to address those inquires and concerns here.

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The Pits: Are Stone Fruits Really Dangerous for Dogs?

July 27, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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As the summer months continue to heat up, you may be tossing a few delicious seasonal treats to your dog, such as fruits and veggies. Peaches are a popular summer delight, and you may be wondering whether they're a good fit for your dog's diet. The answer is: yes, but not all of the peach. Here's how to give your dog a delicious, healthy snack of peaches this season without jeopardizing his health.

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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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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,

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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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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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6 tips to Keep Your Dog Safe Around Water

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

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The weather is finally warming up, and it's time to get your dog out for some fun spring and summer activities. If your dog is like many others, he or she probably loves to jump into the lake, river, or creek when you go hit the water. What's more enjoyable than a cooling swim on a hot summer day? You'll probably hop in the water yourself!

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