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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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When Does It Become Too Hot To Take Your Dog for a Walk

Posted by Nikki Wardle on June 12, 2024 at 9:00 AM

The weather is getting nice. Now is the time for activities such as floating the Boise River, boating at Lucky Peak, and spending the day at Roaring Springs. Our furry friends can get dangerously overheated during hot weather — but that doesn't mean your dog has to miss out on exercise.

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Topics: Pet Care, Vet Near Me, Animal Hospital Near Me

River Rafting and Taking Your Pup? Here Are Some Tips

Posted by Nikki Wardle on May 14, 2024 at 9:00 AM

Sharing an adventure with your furry family member is the best, and what better way to do that than a scenic river rafting trip. While the idea might conjure images of tail wags and your doggy joyfully splashing about, safety should always be the top priority. Here are some essential tips to ensure your pup has a safe and "splashtastic" time.

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Topics: Pet Care, Vet Near Me, Pet Facts

Is Heartworm Disease Making a Comeback in America?

Posted by Nikki Wardle on April 16, 2024 at 9:00 AM

Heartworm disease is a serious threat to our furry family members. Caused by parasitic worms that lodge themselves in the heart and lungs, it can lead to coughing, fatigue, and even death if left untreated. While preventive medication is widely available, there are some concerns that heartworm disease might be on the rise in the United States.

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Topics: Pet Wellness Clinic, Vets Near Me, Pet Vaccination Clinic

Urgent Care Is Now Open at Our Nampa Location

Posted by Nikki Wardle on March 20, 2024 at 9:00 AM

In late 2022, IPH merged with Dr. K's Pet Clinic to become a full-service pet hospital. Once the merger was complete, we got right to work. We obtained the space next to the existing hospital and started the process of building out the wellness center of the hospital. The wellness center was completed in 2023, and a remodel of the original clinic began to transform it into an urgent care center. Now in 2024, we are ready to start accepting urgent care appointments. 

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Topics: Pet Wellness Clinic, Vet Near Me, Animal Hospital Near Me, Pet Spay

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