Intermountain Pet Hospital Blog

Intermountain Pet Hospital's blog provides tips and ideas to help make life more enjoyable for you and your pet.

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Nikki Wardle

Nikki is the marketing manager for IPH and has been writing for Intermountain Pet Hospital since 2014.

Nikki Wardle

Nikki Wardle
Nikki is the marketing manager for IPH and has been writing for Intermountain Pet Hospital since 2014.
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Recent Posts

What Does My Pet’s Calculus Index Score Mean?

Posted by Nikki Wardle on February 20, 2024 at 9:46 AM

During every exam at Intermountain Pet Hospital, our veterinarians will thoroughly examine a pet’s teeth to check for overall dental health of the teeth and the gums. If the doctor determines that a pet’s teeth are at an index score of 2 or 3, they will recommend a professional dental cleaning. 

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Topics: Pet Dental Health, Dog Dental Health

Unleash the Fun: Benefits of Doggy Day Camp

Posted by Nikki Wardle on January 31, 2024 at 9:04 AM

Doggy day camp isn't just a place for your pup to hang out while you're at work. It's a wonderland of physical activity, mental stimulation, and social interaction that can benefit your furry friend in countless ways. Whether you're considering day camp for the first time or just looking for a refresher on its perks, buckle up for a tail-wagging exploration of the "pawesome" benefits it offers!

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Topics: Doggy Day Care, Doggie Day Camp

Can Dental Disease Actually Kill My Pet?

Posted by Nikki Wardle on January 23, 2024 at 9:12 AM

We all know a trip to the dentist isn't exactly the highlight of our day, and for our furry friends, dental hygiene is often more neglected. While a bit of bad breath might seem like a minor inconvenience, untreated dental disease in pets can actually have serious, and even fatal, consequences.

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Topics: Pet Dental Health, Dog Dental Health

How to Socialize Your Pet for Holiday Parties

Posted by Nikki Wardle on December 19, 2023 at 9:00 AM

‘Tis the season for parties, which can be a lot of fun for humans and our furry family members. But if your pet is not used to being around a lot of people, they may become anxious or stressed. These stressors can lead to them barking, jumping, or even biting.

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Topics: Pet Care

New Canine Infection Respiratory Disease - What You Need To Know

Posted by Nikki Wardle on November 22, 2023 at 2:38 PM

Undoubtably, you have heard through social media, national news, or local news sites that a new respiratory disease affects dogs in the Portland metro and Willamette Valley

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Topics: Pet Care

How to Give Your Pet Medication

Posted by Nikki Wardle on November 21, 2023 at 9:00 AM

Giving your pet medication can be a challenge, especially if they don't like the taste or smell. But it's important to make sure they take their meds so they can get better. Here are some tips on how to give your pet medication:

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Topics: Pet Care

Puppy and Kitten-Proofing Your House and Yard

Posted by Nikki Wardle on October 17, 2023 at 9:00 AM

Bringing home a new puppy or kitten is exciting, especially for kids. However, it's important to remember that these furballs are curious explorers, and they can get into all sorts of mischief if you're not prepared. Puppy- and kitten-proofing your house and yard is important to ensure their safety and create a harmonious living environment for you and your new furry friend.

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Topics: Pet Wellness Clinic, Pet Care, Vets Near Me, Puppy Care

The Benefits of Laparoscopic Spay for Dogs

Posted by Nikki Wardle on October 3, 2023 at 9:00 AM

Spaying is a common surgery performed on female dogs to prevent them from getting pregnant. There are two main types of spay surgeries: traditional and laparoscopic.

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Topics: Pet Care, Vet Near Me, Vets Near Me

How To Tell If Your Dog Is In Pain

Posted by Nikki Wardle on September 19, 2023 at 9:30 AM

Pain is an interesting subject when talking about pets, particularly canines. First, we have the obstacle of pets not being able to tell us exactly what is hurting, followed by the other issue that canines are experts at hiding pain.

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Topics: Pet Care, Animal Hospital Near Me

Heat Safety Tips for Pets

Posted by Nikki Wardle on August 16, 2023 at 9:00 AM

Although this summer has been unseasonably cool, we have had a few 100°+ temperature days that have made everyone run for shade. These hot days can be especially dangerous for pets as they have a harder time cooling off. Here are some tips to help keep your pets safe in the hot Idaho weather.

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Topics: Animal Hospital Near Me, Pet Facts