Intermountain Pet Hospital Blog

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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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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Are Your Holiday Plans Safe for Fido and Fuzzy?

December 20, 2016 at 11:14 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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It's the most wonderful time of the year, for humans and their furry best friends. But don't be fooled by the warm fuzzies into making potentially dangerous choices for your household pets; dogs and cats can be harmed by some of the most innocuous holiday staples.

Are your plans for this holiday season safe and healthy for your pet?

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Is Your Dog Revenge Pooping?

December 1, 2016 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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Have you been out of the house a little more often than usual recently, perhaps because of the holidays? Is your dog "getting back at you" for all of your away time?

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Busting Purebred Puppy Myths

September 29, 2016 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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When it comes to puppies, you'd like to think that everything about them is as sweet, innocent, and adorable as they are--but the truth is that there are lots of puppy facts swirling around in this great big technological world that certainly don't make tails wag. Unfortunately, a lot of this noise is centered around the purebred vs. mutt debate, so when it comes to busting myths, even a seasoned researcher might have trouble telling fact from fiction. Today, the pet care experts are stepping up in defense of purebred puppies and their true challenges and benefits.

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Purebred vs. Mixed: The Ultimate Question

September 8, 2016 at 4:47 PM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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It is a battle that has raged endlessly between experts and dog-lovers alike, unbeknownst to the tail-wagging subjects of this existential question: when it comes to choosing a puppy, are you better off buying purebred or mixed-breed? As with every disagreement that has gathered two enthusiastic camps around it, information abounds on this particular subject--but, also like most disagreements, that information can be contradictory and hard to trust. At the end of the day, all you want to know is what kind of furry friend to welcome into your home--and now, the experts in pet care are here to help.

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Selecting a Dog Groomer

August 23, 2016 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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You probably have a consistent hairdresser you go to and trust to do a good job. Do you have the same for your dog? It's even more important to have a familiar groomer for your dog to bond with and who knows your pet well.

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Interpreting Your Cat's Tail Wagging

August 9, 2016 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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An involved pet owner knows that there's more to pet care than just feeding and providing shelter. It's crucial to understand your pet's behavior, especially since this will allow you to know what your animal is trying to tell you.

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Are You Stressing Your Dog Out?

August 3, 2016 at 12:03 PM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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It's becoming known more widely that stress hurts the human body, leading to health problems and even early aging. Stress reduction is a great first step to take if you're trying to improve your health.

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Learn About Your Cat's Personality With This Research

July 26, 2016 at 12:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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We all know that pet care extends far beyond just feeding and grooming. Understanding your pet's quirks and personality traits can help you keep him or her safe, happy, and healthy. Does your cat sometimes seem enigmatic when you're trying to understand her personality? Does he seem more human than cat some days? Read up on this fascinating research about cat personalities to learn more about your feline companion.

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