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5 ways to nurture your senior pet
Make the most of your companion’s golden years

3 min read My dog named Saki was 12 when she crossed over the rainbow bridge. She was white with a big brown spot on her back,” says Dr Briana Armstrong at Firehouse Round Rock. “Her tail would wag madly when I walked into the room and soon, her whole bottom would...

Ticks are Little. They Spread Big Diseases
Protect your cat and dog with preventive medicine

2.5 min read “I had a patient with two ticks burrowed so deeply inside the ear canal, we couldn’t safely remove them without sedation,” says Dr Rebecca Davies. “We gave the dog a dose of Bravecto, and within a few hours, the ticks crawled out on their own.” Ticks are...

My pet ate poison. Now what?
The 5 things to do next

1 min read If you suspect your pet has eaten something they shouldn’t have eaten, don’t panic. Many pets eat toxins. We won’t judge you over the item or substance. Life happens. We’re here to help. Step 1: Find the packaging. It helps to have the product packaging so...

Beethoven loses a leg but finds a home
Firehouse doc adopts her patient

1 min read It’s the stuff of romcoms: surgeon and patient meet, bond, and fall in love.  Dr Briana Armstrong at Firehouse Round Rock will adopt her cuddly St Bernard named Beethoven this month.  Their whirlwind romance began in January when WILCO brought Beethoven,...

Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth: What to Know for Cats and Dogs
It's easier than it seems!

2.5 min read Brushing is a good habit to form as part of pet dental care. It’s a nice addition to professional cleanings. While there are a lot of tricks we can teach our pets, brushing their own teeth is not one of them. Alas, this task falls to owners.  Get started...

Prep for Everything This Winter: How to Protect Your Pets During Austin Cold Fronts

2 min read  Dogs (and even cats!) can enjoy the snow. The cold and texture of the snow are new sensations, triggering all sorts of positive stimuli in their brains. Read the tips below if you plan to be outdoors in the snow for long periods of time. Or if Mother...

A Heartwarming Holiday Story: Gator the Puppy Finds a Home

2.5 min read Hello, dear readers. We have a heartwarming story to share with you. Just in time for the holidays. Grab your hot cocoa (or iced tea since it’s 75 degrees outside) and gather round. Our tale is about a pup with 2 broken legs, a winning personality, and a...

When is the Right Time to Spay or Neuter Your Pet?
You and your vet decide together based on breed, age, and health

2 min read We wish there was a hard and fast rule when spaying or neutering your pet, but there is no perfect age. Your pet's health and breed, among other factors, determine the right time.  What's the right age to spay or neuter my pet?Discuss this with your...

Xylitol: Is it Lurking in Your Pantry?
Symptoms, treatments, and what to do if you think that your pet has eaten it.

The number #1 recommendation from professionals is to read food labels before feeding anything to your pet. Do you have sugar-free gum, candies, or powdered peanut butter in your pantry? A sugar substitute called xylitol(also called birch sugar)is common in most of...

4 Halloween Treats to Keep Away from Your Pet

10/21/2021 | 2 min read Staying safe on Halloween doesn’t need to be tricky.  Celebrate the spookiest night of the year by keeping your pet away from these hazards:    #1: Candy bags and wrappers  Bags and wrappers can be as dangerous to your pet as the treats...
4 Halloween Treats to Keep Away from Your Pet

4 Halloween Treats to Keep Away from Your Pet

10/21/2021 | 2 min read Staying safe on Halloween doesn’t need to be tricky.  Celebrate the spookiest night of the year by keeping your pet away from these hazards:    #1: Candy bags and wrappers  Bags and wrappers can be as dangerous to your pet as the treats...

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How to Recognize Pain in Your Cat

How to Recognize Pain in Your Cat

Even though house cats have been domesticated for 10,000 years, their instincts still tell them to hide their vulnerabilities.Cats are stoic. This trait can make it hard to know when they're in pain.Your cat may experience pain for many reasons: joint issues, tooth...

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Vacationing With Pets  8 tips for traveling with your pet

Vacationing With Pets
8 tips for traveling with your pet

Distracting your dog is a great way to keep him calm during a long road trip.Quick travel tips in any season -Research veterinarians and pet-friendly hotels before leaving home. A veterinarian should be within 30 minutes of your final destination. Ask hotels about...

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