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Lawn Chemicals 101: Keep Your Pets Safe and Your Lawn Green

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

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Ahhh, the beauty of summertime: the hum of lawnmowers and the smell of fresh-cut grass are staples of this time of year. Everyone wants that lush, green lawn this time of year. Because of this, pesticides are a common sight in the lawn care regimen of the typical American; in fact, around 32% of lawn and garden sales are pesticides in the U.S.

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Spring is the Season of Shedding: Here's How to Handle It

April 18, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care,

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Ahh, spring is finally here. The smell of fragrant flowers and the sweet chirping of birds floats on the air, followed by billowing puffs of—wait, is that dog hair? Yes, it's spring, so that means it's also the shedding season. If you have a furrier dog or cat such as an Arctic breed, you may experience the seasonal headache of "blowing coat"—a term for when your pet sheds (a lot) and turns your house into a fuzzy mess.

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These Spring Plants Are Dangerous to Your Pets

April 11, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care,

Dangerous Plants for Dogs and Cats

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Spring is here, and with it comes a whole plethora of gorgeous new blooms and foliage. There's nothing quite as refreshing as taking your pet for a stroll and enjoying the fresh scents of flowers and plants. Before you head out with your trimmers or visit the local rose garden, however, you need to know which kinds of plants can be dangerous to your pet, especially if they have an allergy to a common spring bloom.

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Fear Free Certified Explained

March 30, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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Is your dog or cat nervous every time you turn the car in the direction of the vet? Do you dread taking your beloved pet in for an exam because you know they'll be frightened, upset, and anxious? If so, you need to experience the difference of a low-stress veterinary visit. Such a thing does exist, and it's something that Intermountain Pet Hospital is proud to say that we are Fear Free Certifed!

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6 Reasons to Choose an AAHA Accredited Veterinary Hospital

March 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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Maybe you read that sentence and thought, "Huh?" or "So what?" That's a possibility because if you're not in the veterinary community, that acronym likely means nothing to you. To us vets, though, the accreditation of the American Animal Hospital Association means a lot. It's not something that is overly common. In fact, only 15% of animal hospitals in the U.S. have an AAHA accreditation, and we're very proud to be one of them. Here's why it matters for you and your furry family members.

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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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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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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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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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