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Don’t waste money! Store your pet food right.
Original packaging, room temperature and storage location matter
Dr Beth Spencer recommends storing dog and cat food in its original packaging, on a pantry shelf.You’ve done your research and chosen the best food for your cat and dog.  Avoid these 3 mistakes once you get home.  Don't decant food into new canisters, which could...
Introducing your cat to your newborn (or child)
Pets can grow to love your new baby with a few simple tricks
Dr Penn Chinudomsub when she was with her cat named JJ. Cats can get along with newborns and kids if you plan ahead and use these tips.Bringing a new baby into the home can be exciting but could also mean extra stress on your pets. Cats, fairly or unfairly, can be a...
How do I introduce my dog to my newborn?
3 tips that make all the difference for furry friends
A few easy steps can relieve your dog’s anxiety when you bring home a new baby, creating lasting friendships between your furry and human kids. Photo credit: Family PupzFor many of us, our dog was our first child. If you’re about to have a baby, congratulations! A...
Your dog’s age just got a little more exact
Researchers have a new formula to replace the “7 dog years = 1 human year” calculation
Our docs can offer advice on habits that promote a long, happy, healthy lifeNew research shows that dogs age in spurts as their DNA changes. Dogs still age faster than humans. However, they don’t age in a straight line like previously believed. As dogs age, their...
Humping: dogs mount for more than sexual reasons
There’s no reason to be embarrassed, but action is required if it’s constant
Male and female dogs hump buddies due to sexual instinct, to play, or to command control. Call us if this has become a habit for your pet.Is there anything more awkward than your dog humping another dog at the park? Perhaps sniffing a guest’s groin.  But we’re here to...
Non-anesthetic dental procedures don’t work
Anesthesia is safe and provides your pet with a stress-free and pain-free cleaning.
Cats and dogs won't sit still for a dental cleaning. Anesthesia is the only way a vet can remove disease-causing bacteria from your pet’s teeth and gums.Recently, we’ve seen non-anesthetic dental procedures promoted for pets. Don’t believe the hype. These providers...
New guidelines: Fix your cat by 5 months of age
Cats can live longer when spayed or neutered earlier
Raj the cat might look a bit nervous, but really Feline Fix by 5 is a more humane option: It reduces disease, improves behavior and controls unwanted cat populations.Research indicates a decrease in cancer, behavioral issues, overpopulation, and infections when cats...
Cats and dogs may not love fireworks as much we do
Your pet’s ears are sensitive to sound
Dr Beth Spencer and her dogs, Mobi and Brownie, who will enjoy New Year’s Eve together this year!Loud bangs and pops scare pets and can make a normally well-behaved pet misbehave or run away. Celebrations can be stress-free if you plan ahead. Consider your pet as you...
Nourish Your Pet with the Best Diet
You are what you eat! The saying is true for pets, too. Good nutrition is one of the most important things you can do to help your pet live a happy, healthy, and long life. That’s why we discuss what you feed your pet at every visit.Small tweaks to diet and lifestyle...
Your Pets Can Live Better Lives
Catch disease early or prevent it entirely with annual wellness check-ups.
The Focus at Firehouse is Prevention We aim to keep your pet well for as many years as possible Everything we do is focused on your cat or dog's long-term wellness. We aim to prevent disease through annual wellness check-ups. That is why we recommend assessing your...
Take a page out of the new schooling playbook for dogs!

Take a page out of the new schooling playbook for dogs!

Kids might be in virtual classes, but that doesn't mean dogs need to stay home.While this back to school looks different than past years, one thing hasn’t changed and that is the excitement of socializing and seeing your buddies. Much like kids, dogs are social...

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Firehouse Makes an Impact Through Giving

Firehouse Makes an Impact Through Giving

Firehouse Animal Health Center’s charitable giving reflects a commitment to lifelong wellness for animals. When she launched the business late last year, Dr Beth Spencer decided that Firehouse would play a key role in Central Texas’s collective effort to elevate the...

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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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Summer Travel Tips

Summer Travel Tips

Summer in Central Texas is a great time to get out and enjoy all that our beautiful state has to offer! Whether it’s hiking, enjoying farmer’s markets or road trips, Firehouse Animal Health Center has you covered on health and safety tips for your dogs and cats. Road...

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Firehouse turns 6 months!

Firehouse turns 6 months!

Time flies when you’re having fun! As Firehouse Animal Health Center rounds out our 6-month anniversary, we wanted to say thank you to our wonderful clients and neighbors for making us feel welcome. We know you have many veterinarians to choose from in the area, and...

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Fun Things To Do During Coronavirus

Fun Things To Do During Coronavirus

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 help you get through...

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Pets Cannot Transmit or Contract COVID-19

Pets Cannot Transmit or Contract COVID-19

Updated as of 5pm Central Time on April 6th, 2020: Are you open? Yes! We are open and here for you and your pets. What if I'm sick or feel uncomfortable coming in? -No problem! If your pet needs services and you are sick, please call us and we'll walk you through your...

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