1. How To Keep Your Pet Safe During the Summer

    Summer is here! With all the outdoor festivities on the rise, it is important for you to understand how to care for your pet. While summer brings more opportunities for you and your pet to bond outside, the hot weather can bring a lot of danger to your furry friend too. But, don’t sweat it (get it?)! We have all the tips and tricks for you and your best friend to enjoy the summer together! Be Aw…Read More

  2. How to Prepare Your Pet for Surgery

    Any instance where your pet has to go into surgery is going to be overwhelming. It doesn’t matter how big or small the procedure may be, there’s nothing worse than seeing your beloved pet scared. So, when it comes time for you to schedule surgery for your pet, ensuring that you are prepared for the procedure is always a good thing to do. In today’s blog, we are going to touch on a few of the…Read More

  3. 5 More Benefits of Doggy Daycare – Part 2

    In our last blog post, we touched on a few of the reasons that we absolutely believe that dogs benefit from their time at doggy daycare. While we were able to cover five fantastic reasons, those are far from being the only ways that your pup will benefit from doggy daycare. In today’s blog, we will cover five additional reasons that you should consider signing your four-legged friend up for the …Read More

  4. 5 Benefits of Doggy Daycare, Part 1

    Doggy daycare has gained popularity over the last few years. While it may seem like nothing more than a new trend, doggy daycare offers both pet parents and their furry family members a myriad of benefits. One of the hardest parts of having pets is having to leave them, but doggy daycare can help with this heartache by giving pet parents peace of mind in knowing their pup is in a safe, supervised,…Read More

  5. 4 Tips to Keep Your Senior Dog Comfortable During Winter, Part 1

    Whether you live in Boise, Salt Lake City, Spokane, Billings, or any of the surrounding areas, wintertime here can be hard on your senior dog. Like humans, older dogs have a harder time handling the colder temperatures, frigid weather, snow, and ice that accompanies winter. These brisk conditions can make it hard and even painful for your senior dog to walk, go up and down stairs, and perform thei…Read More

  6. 6 Halloween Safety Tips For Dogs

    Halloween is right around the corner, and while this is one of the most exciting holidays for people, there are many safety and health risks to be aware of for your pet. At Sun Valley Animal Center, we want your four-legged friends to be safe and healthy year-round, but especially during the holidays when there’s a lot going on. Today, we will offer six Halloween safety tips for you to consider,…Read More

  7. Understanding Arthritis In Senior Dogs

    If you have noticed your four-legged friend slowing down as they age, this is common. Dogs, like their human counterparts, typically experience the onset of osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease. There are many preventative steps pet parents can take to slow or even sway the development of canine arthritis. Furthermore, there are treatments such as physical therapy for dogs, whi…Read More

  8. 4 Ways to Protect the Health of Your Dog’s Joints, Part 2

    Joint pain is common among dogs as they age. Just like their human parents, dogs can develop joint problems from gradual wear and tear, injuries, poor diet, little exercise, and obesity, all of which put a strain on the joints and supportive tissues. While any dog is prone to joint pain and joint conditions like arthritis, this is especially true for large dog breeds such as Labrador Retrievers, G…Read More

  9. 4 Ways to Protect the Health of Your Dog’s Joints, Part 1

    Welcome back to the Sun Valley Animal Center blog. Like their pet parents, dogs are susceptible to arthritis and other joint issues as they age. Canine arthritis is typically age-related but can also be caused by an injury, overuse, weight gain and obesity, and genetics. Typically, arthritis and joint problems in dogs affects the joints in the hips and extremities, which can be painful for your pu…Read More

  10. 3 Symptoms of Hip Dysplasia in Dogs, Part 1

    If you are the owner of a large dog, you are probably familiar with the term “hip dysplasia.” Hip dysplasia is a serious skeletal disorder common among large and giant dog breeds, but which can also affect medium dogs. Generally, this disease is caused by genetics and environmental factors, and is characterized by a malformation and misalignment of the hips —  more specifically, the hip joi…Read More