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Where Do “Dog” Expressions Come From?

August 5, 2021 at 9:15 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Facts

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Have you ever said, "the dog days of summer" or "work like a dog" and wondered where those phrases originated from? After a bit of digging into those sayings, we've uncovered some pretty interesting history and evolution to some of the most common dog expressions.

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Now That You’re Going Back to Work…What About Your Pets?

January 21, 2021 at 9:24 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care,

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March of 2020 changed every American’s life in one way or another. But for pets, that month turned into one of the best months ever. Some fortunate employees were able to work from home, and their fur babies were over the moon happy. 

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The Canine Head Tilt Explained

November 19, 2019 at 10:15 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Animal Hospital Near Me,

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Ears perked up with a slight head tilt back and forth is dang near the cutest thing dogs do.  But why?

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Why We Stopped Declawing Cats

November 5, 2019 at 11:06 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Facts

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“I love when my cat uses the furniture as a scratching post,” said no cat parent ever. This is why, for the past few decades, feline parents have opted to declaw their cat as a way to save their home and keep their fur-baby indoors with them. However, recent research has been released that has since reversed our previous policy on declawing cats.

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The CDC is now advising against giving pig ears to dogs

August 7, 2019 at 9:17 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Facts

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On July 31st, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and the FDA (Federal Drug and Administration) announced they have started an investigation in several states concerning an outbreak of multi-drug resistant Salmonella. These cases all have linked back to pig ear dog treats.

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The Story of Your Dog's Stool

July 9, 2019 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care,

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Poop can look differently depending on your dog’s breed and the kind of food they eat. However, all things being equal, it should generally have a medium brown color and not be too hard or too soft (you can probably tell just by looking at it).

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How to Help Your Pets Live the Best Life Possible

April 9, 2019 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Facts

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Having a pet in your life has been proven to make you happier and healthier, but deciding to add a furry (or not so furry) pet to your family is a big decision. It’s almost as big of a choice as adding a child to your family. It’s not something you should rush into and ask questions later. Below are a few tips to help you make the best decision so that you, and your pet, can live the best life possible.

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Want Better Overall Health? Get a Pet!

March 13, 2019 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care,

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About 85 million families across the United States (about 65% of total households) own a pet of some type, and a vast majority of that number consists of cat and dog owners. So, if you’re not one of the 85 million, you have to ask yourself: what’s so great about owning a pet?

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Service vs Therapy vs Emotional Support Dogs: What You Should Know

February 26, 2019 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care,

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Over the past few decades, Boise has seen a growth of service dogs. A majority of this growth has to do with our booming population, but a small portion of this has to do with people presenting their family dogs as training service, therapy, or emotional support dogs so they can take Fido everywhere.

Let's take a look at what the significant differences are in these types of working canines.

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Your Cat’s Brain on Catnip

November 27, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Facts

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Felines—they’re often viewed as one of the most majestic creatures, whether they’re a young domestic shorthair or a lion, the “king of the jungle.” Cats tend to have a reserved air, even sometimes with their favorite humans and will be aloof whenever it suits them. But there’s one time no cat can keep their cool—and that’s when someone brings out the catnip.

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