Intermountain Pet Hospital Blog

Does Your Dog Hate Your Hugs?

July 14, 2016 at 9:48 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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Recent articles have circulated the internet making a claim that has dog owners perplexed: they propose that dogs hate our human displays of affection, particularly hugs. For the average dog lover, this isn't just bad news; it's also confusing. Many dogs seem to respond positively to displays of affection, even reciprocating with "hugs" and "kisses" of their own. So what does the science say?

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4 Apps to Make Your Dog-Walking Experience Even Better

June 30, 2016 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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Love to walk your dog? There's an app for that!

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3 Adorable Ways to Include Your Pet in Your Wedding

June 28, 2016 at 11:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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Are you spending these first few weeks of summer planning your wedding? Congratulations! We here at Intermountain Pet Hospital couldn't be happier for you. While you're hashing out the details of venues, catering, and a honeymoon, you might also be wondering about how to include your best friend in your special day. No, we're not talking about your intended—your other best friend, your pet.

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5 Tips to Keep Your Dog Cool This Summer

June 16, 2016 at 5:00 PM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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Tongue out, rapid breathing, short breaths—it's the season for panting. Your dog is probably already feeling the heat just like you are, and with that furry coat, they don't have the option of putting on a swimsuit and hitting the pool. Summer can be a fun time for your dog, but it can also pose a danger for heat stroke and heat-related problems, especially since Fido probably can't stop himself from continuing to chase the frisbee even when he's exhausted.

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Talk to the Tail: What's Your Cat Telling You?

May 26, 2016 at 2:15 PM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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What's your cat trying to tell you? You've probably noticed that your feline friend won't come out and say what's on her mind—and least not by vocalizing. But your cat's body language is full of clues about what he's feeling, and one of the tell-tale signs is, well, his tail.

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3 Ways to Trick Your Cat Into Exercising

May 12, 2016 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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Is Fluffy the feline lazing around the house all day putting on the pounds? Are you worried Mr. Whiskers isn't getting the exercise he needs? We have some clever ideas to trick your cat into exercising—you just have to disguise it as some good old-fashioned fun.

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Help! My Cat is a Killer

April 14, 2016 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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We hear this common question from cat owners all the time: "How can I keep my cat from killing birds?" Can you do anything to keep your feline friend from ridding the neighborhood of birds, squirrels, and mice? Here's our advice for perplexed cat owners.

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3 More Strange Dog Behaviors Explained

April 12, 2016 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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Have you ever wondered if your dog's strange behavior is normal—or if it's a sign you need to intervene? We're continuing our series on dog behavior this week, answering your questions about what's normal and what's not.

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Your Dog's Crazy Behaviors Explained: Part I

April 7, 2016 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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Do you watch your dog's odd behavior on occasion and wonder, "Is my dog crazy?" Some actions and behaviors are entirely reasonable even if they seem strange while some "acting out" can be a sign of necessary training or your dog trying to tell you something. Here's how to decipher your dog's nutty behavior.

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How to Help Your Pet Maintain a Healthy Weight

March 11, 2016 at 10:35 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care

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As spring gets closer, we're all examining the pounds we gained over the holidays and thinking about how to improve our health in the new year. Is your furry friend a little husky (no pun intended) as well after the holidays? It's easy to spoil pets a little more than usual over the Christmas season with treats and human food, but it's important to keep a close eye on your dog or cat's weight.

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