Intermountain Pet Hospital Blog

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

What You Need to Know About Pyometra

January 18, 2022 at 11:30 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care,

Puppy Care

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Spaying your female canine or feline is one of the best things you can do for your pet’s health. However, pyometra is a disease of which every pet parent with breeding pets needs to be aware. In 2014, the NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) found that about 25% of intact female canines are affected by pyometra before the age of ten.

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January: Unchain a Dog Month

January 6, 2022 at 9:30 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care,

Pet Enrichment

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January is “Unchain a Dog Month”, and it is a time to come to the rescue of chained-up dogs.  It is also a time to spread awareness about the damaging physical and psychological effects that chaining has on dogs.

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Is Your Cat a Psychopath?

December 28, 2021 at 9:15 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Vets Near Me,

Pet Facts

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Have you ever been over at a friends’ house and their cat stares at you like you’re their next victim? Or maybe you have a feline furball that randomly yowls and hisses at you 30 minutes after purring and rubbing up against your leg. Could your cat be bipolar, moody, or possibly even worse? Researchers in the UK may have an answer for you: your cat could indeed be psychopathic.

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Safest Toys for Your Pets

December 20, 2021 at 11:30 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Puppy Care,

Pet Facts,

Pet Enrichment

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Toys are a necessity for all pets. Toys can provide comfort, entertainment, and even help combat bad behavior problems. So, when choosing a toy for your pup or kitty, you want to make sure it is the correct type of toy, especially for cats, as they are very particular about what toys they will play with.

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A Tale of Tails

November 9, 2021 at 3:30 PM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Facts

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Humans use our face and body to communicate with other humans non-verbally; dogs use their ears and tails. And the science behind how dogs use their tails to communicate with other dogs, as well as humans is fascinating.

Dogs wag their tails to convey happiness, anxiety, alertness, and most likely a vast array of other emotions. Dogs pick up on each other’s wagging signals that will influence whether they will respond positively or negatively.

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Can My Dog Get Breast Cancer?

October 27, 2021 at 1:00 PM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Wellness Clinic,

Animal Hospital Near Me

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The short answer is yes, your dog can get breast cancer, better known in canines as mammary cancer. In fact, mammary cancer is the most diagnosed tumor in female dogs that are still intact. Just like with humans, these tumors can metastasize and spread to other areas of a canine’s body.

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Laparoscopic Spays - What You Need To Know

October 12, 2021 at 1:30 PM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Spay

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So, you and your veterinarian have decided that now is the time to have your dog spayed. Great choice! Which procedure will you choose? Yes, there’s more than one choice. In this blog, we’ll discuss two different spay procedures and the pros and cons of both.

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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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Why Do We Go Nuts About Kittens

July 8, 2021 at 8:30 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care,

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Domestic cats, or felis silvestris catus, if you’re fancy, are thought to have domesticated themselves thousands of years ago in the Near East. That's right; cats chose to be around humans. 

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Why Should You Get Your Pet Microchipped

May 12, 2021 at 9:03 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Microchip Your Pet

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We love our fur babies. They are more than just pets; they are part of our family. They sleep with us, share the couch with us, and even join us on vacation. The idea of having our beloved canines or felines separated from us is almost unbearable.

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