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Caring for your deaf dog
Advice for owners of deaf and hearing-impaired pets

Franklin’s family realized he was hard of hearing soon after they adopted him. “We learned he might have hearing issues when he was just a puppy,” says Katie, Franklin’s mom.

The grass-eating habit in dogs
7 reasons dogs eat your landscaping

3 min read Milo is a 6-month-old mini Bernadoodle who really likes to chew on grass in his mom’s lawn. “I think Milo eats grass for...

When should you spay or neuter your kitten?
Research shows cats stay healthiest when procedure is completed by 5 months

We first reported new recommendations for spaying and neutering cats by 5 months in January 2021. We continue to support these guidelines from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).   Research shows the...

Avoid Dr Google: Don’t Be Misled
Vet Consultation is Always Recommended

2 min read    “When I was 18, my first pet Bella was scooting and licking her butt a lot, says Hope Amidon, a Vet Tech at Firehouse Westlake. “I was concerned and Googled for answers. I was told it was anal gland/butt cancer. Google told me my pet was dying. Luckily,...

A 2023 Guide: Vaccinations for Cats and Dogs
Our careful, common sense approach. Customized for your pet.

3.5 minute read   Vaccines are an important piece of your pet’s wellness plan to prevent certain diseases.   Firehouse customizes immunization plans for each pet. We’ll chat at your pet’s yearly check-up. Then, we recommend only the vaccines your pet needs...

Lost Your Beloved Pet?
4 Ideas to Find Your Lost Cat or Dog

2 min read  More pets go missing during July 4th fireworks celebrations than at any other time of the year. The loud bangs and pops scare both dogs and cats.   We’ve written tips to help pets feel safe and secure during Independence Day festivities.  In this blog,...

Essential Pet Safety Tips for Boating and Lakes
How Planning Reduces Accidents

2 min read Our team has pulled together 5 boating and lake safety tips for fun summer days with your pet. 5 tips to enjoy summer with pet safety in mind: #1: Fit your pet for a life jacket New-to-the-water dogs should have one! And pups who are excellent swimmers...

Reasons Why Your Should Microchip Your Pet
Ensure you can find your pet if they get lost

3 min read   “I lost my sweet cat, Gerald, on a rainy day in January of 2022,” says Devin, a Client Services Coordinator at Firehouse Westlake. “We had just moved to Austin from Oregon. I put the cats in the guest room while the movers were placing our furniture.  "I...

3 Signs Your Cat is Stressed
How to eliminate as much stress as you can

4 min read   “I have a 2-year-old cat named Jasmine who travels everywhere with me, which has its difficulties,” says Aubra Mizelle, a Vet Tech at Firehouse Westlake.  “Like most cats, Jasmine didn’t love being in the car at first. She would get very stressed. To help...

2023 Travel Tips for Pet Owners
How to vacation with your cat and dog

3 min read “My dogs and I love to travel to Lubbock, TX to visit my family,” says Savannah. “We always stop at a dog-friendly gas station on the way, so they can run around and make new friends.” Here are tips to prepare for any adventure with your cat and dog. #1:...
A Feast for All Beasts  Safe Thanksgiving Foods for Your Pet

A Feast for All Beasts
Safe Thanksgiving Foods for Your Pet

1 min read Charlie Brown always shared Thanksgiving with Snoopy. If you plan carefully, your pets can join in on the holiday too. Some human foods are unsafe for pets. Yet, plain ingredients (or single ingredients) are fine. Avoid a Thanksgiving trip to the ER with...

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6 Signs Your Pet Has Allergies   Dogs suffer more often than cats

6 Signs Your Pet Has Allergies
Dogs suffer more often than cats

2 min read Goldie’s allergies strike in the summer. Her eyes get red and oozy, her paws swell, and her eating is disrupted. Goldie’s mom says, “everything is affected and she feels miserable.”  Firehouse doctors and vet tech, Mary, helped Goldie with an injection and...

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