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Firehouse is committed to keeping your pet happy and healthy while preventing disease.

If You Are Facing the Loss of Your Pet
When your pet dies, we are here with answers and support

2min read     Sean’s older cat Gracie limped with pain. She began to bump into walls and urinate in the living room. Then, when Sean’s younger cat began to groom Gracie, he realized it was time to prepare for her death. Our cats and dogs are family, so it’s...

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

2 min read Mort the pug suffers from allergies all year long. His mom, Vet Tech Maria, controls his allergies using medicated baths and Cytopoint injections.  Allergies are no joke. And pets can’t tell us how they feel. Yet, they're manageable in most cases. Keep your...

Pet Allergies Happen All Year Long
Know the triggers to prevent suffering

1 min read Allergens are small particles that our bodies might react to. Allergens enter a pet’s body through their skin, ears, and nose. Dogs can suffer from allergies all year long. Year-round triggers include: -Environmental elements: grass, cedar, mold, pollen....

Protect Your Pup From Heat Exhaustion
Keep your cool pet from turning into a hot dog this summer

1.5 min read Active pets can overheat in the sun. You can enjoy summer and protect your pet from the dangers of heatstroke. “I...

Head off a heat emergency
If your pet has heatstroke, stay cool and take these steps

1.5 min read Watch your pet for signs of overheating when outdoors. If you notice them staggering, becoming weak, or collapsing, contact...

Our Careful and Common Sense Approach to Vaccines
We Customize the Plan for Your Dog and Cat

3.5 minute read Firehouse customizes vaccine plans for each pet. We’ll chat at your pet’s yearly check-up. Then, we recommend only the vaccines your pet needs based on your lifestyle and environment. Our advice is conservative and based on common sense. Vaccines are...

5 Tips for Senior Cats
Easy ways to protect your best bud

1 min read   Cayli never imagined her cat would end up with just one tooth. Cayli, a vet tech,, wishes she knew the importance of dental care when Midnight was young.  “It wasn’t something I ever really thought about,” says Cayli. Midnight has had all her teeth...

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...
Nourish Your Pet with the Best Diet

Nourish Your Pet with the Best Diet

You are what you eat! The saying is true for pets, too. Good nutrition is the single most important thing you can do to help your pet live a happy, healthy, and long life. That’s why we ask what you feed your pet at every visit. What is the best diet for an overweight...

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Firehouse Makes An Impact Through Giving

Firehouse Makes An Impact Through Giving

Dr Justin Nelson at Firehouse Belterra (pre-COVID) helping a pet from WAG Shelter.Our charitable giving and community involvement reflect a deeply rooted commitment to lifelong wellness for animals that extends beyond the walls of our hospitals. When we launched...

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Firehouse Pet Resort – coming to Round Rock this September

Firehouse Pet Resort – coming to Round Rock this September

Firehouse Pet Resort – coming to Round Rock this September – will offer your cats and dogs an abundance of bells and whistles The team at Firehouse Animal Health Centers will offer your pets a new service starting this September: boarding and daycare for cats and...

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Pets and Pet Parents: Fear the Vet No More

Pets and Pet Parents: Fear the Vet No More

We use Fear Free® calming methods at Firehouse. We thought we'd take a moment to explain more about these tactics so you can see how they benefit your cat or dog. You might hear us talking about “Fear Free®” a lot at Firehouse. That’s because we’ve found that these...

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Firehouse Now Carries CBD Chews and Oils for Your Pets

Firehouse Now Carries CBD Chews and Oils for Your Pets

Firehouse is now offering our clients CBD products that are proven to work and are safe for your pets. We’ve found the CBD industry to be a bit wild since it’s unregulated, with many players developing their own concoctions that could have inconsistencies from one...

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Summertime Tips

Summertime Tips

Summertime in Texas -- A great time to get out and enjoy all that our beautiful state has to offer! Whether it’s boating on one of our lakes, hiking along the Greenbelt, or road tripping, Firehouse Animal Health Center has you covered on health and safety tips for...

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Pets Cannot Transmit or Contract COVID-19

Pets Cannot Transmit or Contract COVID-19

Updated April 2, 2020: We've brought you the good news that your pet cannot transmit COVID-19 or become sick with it. And you're likely getting more snuggles in these days. So we hope you're hanging in there! Our team pulled together their go-to "tips and tricks" to...

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Jessie’s Story

Jessie’s Story

A ten-year-old stray dog goes from shelter pet to best sister ever Earlier this year, Austin Animal Center brought Jessie to Firehouse Westlake. Jessie is a ten-year-old stray who was found on the streets of Austin and in desperate need of some healthcare. When we did...

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