Taking a Deep Breath: Canine Infectious Respiratory Diseases

Canine infectious respiratory diseases are a common, often-misunderstood group of conditions. If your dog has been coughing, you may have wondered if they could catch a cold. The short answer is, “Yes,” although dogs don’t catch the same kind of cold viruses as humans. Many times a dog’s illness is short and subclinical, but canine [...]

Three Steps to Protect Your Pet’s Smile

Most pets may not smile like a Cheshire cat, but although you don’t see their teeth, they are still important. “Flip the lip” to look at your pet's teeth—what you see may shock you. If you see less-than-perfect brownish teeth, your pet is not alone, because 85% of pets have some form of dental disease [...]

Meet the Alpine Animal Hospital Team

Most of our support staff are hometown Idahoans, but others come from Texas and California. No matter where they came from, all of them have different, interesting backgrounds. We are so lucky to call this group of people our professional family. Here are a few fun facts about each member, including how they made their [...]

Helping Your Senior Pet Age with Grace

Remember the early days when your pet was full of mischief? Life becomes calmer as they mellow over time, and your bond grows deeper and stronger. However, your pet’s senior phase can bring new concerns about their health.  Senior pets tend to have health problems similar to senior humans, but aren’t as good at talking [...]

A Healing Hand: Spotlight on Alpine Animal Hospital’s Veterinarians

You’re likely familiar with Alpine Animal Hospital’s veterinarians, and you may admit your pet has a favorite. And, while you know our veterinarians are experts at healing your pet and preventing life-threatening disease, you may not know much about the person behind the stethoscope. We’d like to share why our veterinarians do what they do. [...]

Changing Veterinary Visits Woes from Frightening to Fear-Free

Have you ever wondered what your dog does all day while you’re at work? We’ll let you in on a secret—they watch a doggy daytime television show called Dogtor Phil. The show airs in canine language, so we had to use our animal communication skills to decipher the latest episode, which covered a topic near [...]

Anxious Pets: Stressed Scarlett and Frightened Frank

Scarlett Siamese: My kingdom is falling apart! My humans painted a room, bought a bunch of new things, left me with the cat sitter, and then came back with a funny looking tiny human. I do not like the tiny human. He cries a lot, smells bad, and has taken over my mom’s lap. My [...]

Quintessential – and Safe – Summer Fun

Summer is a particularly wonderful time of year for you and your dog, Chukar. Since Chukar goes with you pretty much everywhere, you have historically enjoyed summers of baseball games, hikes, and picnics. One particular summer day, you wake up to a blue sky, plump white clouds, and bright sunshine.  “It seems like a wonderful [...]

Take a Bite out of Firework Fear

It isn’t everyday that you get to listen in to your dog’s favorite talk-radio station, but with July Fourth fireworks approaching, our dog-human relations liaisons have granted us exclusive access to the English translation of the show, so you can help your dog calmly conquer their fireworks anxiety. The show is about to start—listen carefully. [...]

Diagnosis = Lazy; Treatment = Playtime

Penny, a 5-year-old mixed-breed dog, lives in a quiet neighborhood. When her owners take her for a walk, she takes 30 minutes to walk 30 feet down the street. She likes to smell her way through her walk—if you can call it a walk. When she gets back into the house, she moseys over to [...]