Intermountain Pet Hospital Blog

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

Posts about Pet Care

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

How to Take the Best Picture of Your Pet

Posted by Nikki Wardle on July 19, 2023 at 9:56 AM

Our furry friends are a special part of our family, and we always want to capture each of our pets’ unique personalities in photos. But taking good pet photos can be tricky since our cuddly companions don’t always want to cooperate.

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Topics: Pet Care

Signs of Pet Cancer and Available Treatment Options

Posted by Nikki Wardle on May 23, 2023 at 9:00 AM

Cancer is serious and can affect any animal, including pets. Unfortunately, there is no single answer to the question of how to tell if your pet has cancer. However, there are some signs and symptoms you can look for that may indicate that your pet is sick.

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Topics: Pet Wellness Clinic, Pet Care, Acupuncture for Dogs, Alternative Veterinary Medicine

Four Potentially Dangerous Children’s Toys for Pets

Posted by Nikki Wardle on December 13, 2022 at 9:00 AM

Tis the season for parties, festivities, and presents — lots and lots of presents. And while parents are doing their research on what toys are appropriate and safe for their children, most people don’t consider the safety of their pets and those toys.

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Topics: Pet Care, Puppy Care, Pet Facts

The Benefits of Adopting a Dog

Posted by Nikki Wardle on December 6, 2022 at 9:00 AM

19th-century American humorist Josh Billings said, "A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself." The logic behind this statement is evident to dog owners: Canines are loyal, dependable, and loving — truly the best kind of best friend. 

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Topics: Pet Care

Is Your Pet Disaster Ready?

Posted by Nikki Wardle on September 28, 2022 at 9:00 AM

Idaho is lucky in the sense that we don’t have to deal with hurricanes, tropical storms, or Midwest-sized tornados, but we do have our share of natural disasters. Think house fires, forest fires, and snowstorms.

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Topics: Pet Care

Exercising Your Dog When It’s 100+ Degrees Outside

Posted by Nikki Wardle on August 11, 2022 at 9:22 AM

To say that it’s hot outside would be an understatement. Whether it’s 106 degrees outside or 97 degrees, both are too hot to take man’s best friend out for a walk and get in some park playtime. When the heat turns up in July and August in the Treasure Valley, options are limited on getting your dog out to get his much-needed exercise time. Below are some tips on exercising your pup while keeping him safe from the heat.

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Topics: Doggy Day Care, Pet Care

Is My Dog Dehydrated?

Posted by Nikki Wardle on July 25, 2022 at 10:02 AM

It’s summer, which means hiking, morning walks, and lots of outdoor time. It also means that our need for water increases, and that includes our pets. Even while inside, water is going to evaporate faster, so water bowl refills go up.

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Topics: Pet Wellness Clinic, Pet Care

Why Is Thunder So Scary to Dogs?

Posted by Nikki Wardle on June 21, 2022 at 9:00 AM

While we started April 2022 in an extreme drought condition, May definitely gave the Treasure Valley a good watering. With these rain showers came a few thunderstorms, certainly not a favorite of local canines. This begs the question, what makes dogs (and cats) scared of thunder?

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Topics: Pet Care, Fear Free

The History of Microchipping Pets

Posted by Nikki Wardle on June 2, 2022 at 9:22 AM

May and June are both dedicated to bringing awareness to microchipping your pet and making sure that the chip registration information is up to date. Why — because it’s estimated that 10 million pets are stolen or lost every year. Your pet having a microchip is its best chance at being reunited with you.

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Topics: Pet Care, Microchip Your Pet