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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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1.5 min read When Patrick ate Sago Palm roots this summer, his mom knew she had to rush him to the ER. Sago Palms are toxic to dogs and most attractive (and easy to eat!) when recently dug up.  Luckily, Patrick is now fine and his personality has returned to normal. ...

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 Beatrice’s mom worried she’d injured her back when she began walking off-kilter and licking her rear side. A visit to Firehouse Kyle confirmed the culprit was allergies. Luckily, an injection helped relieve the itchiness. And a topical ointment healed the...

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. “Rhett...

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   Old in years but young at heart. An older cat can be full of surprises. “I don’t know that there’s something I wish I knew before they become seniors,” says Jessica, a CSC at Firehouse Kyle. “Yet, I am constantly surprised by how resilient and playful...

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

3 min read “I always find that senior pets are happy to hang out and enjoy life,” says Dr Ashley Opyt, Medical Director of Firehouse Kyle (now in its new location!). “My beloved Corgi, Sam, passed away in 2021. His final years were filled with lots of walks, cuddles,...
My pet ate poison. Now what?  The 5 things to do next

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...

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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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