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Safeguarding your deaf dog
A focus on deaf and hearing-challenged animals

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.

Explained: Why dogs eat grass
7 common reasons your pet eats grass

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 Online Pet Health Advice
Consult Your Vet First

2 min read  “More than one client has told me about Googling which over-the-counter pain meds they can give to their pet,” says Adan Davila, Hospital Manager at Firehouse Kyle. “Yet, many of the OTC human pain meds can be toxic to pets! They can cause liver damage or...

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

3.5 minute read 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 based on your lifestyle and environment. Our advice is conservative and based on common sense. Vaccines...

Can’t Find Your Pet?
Proven Techniques to Recover Your Lost Dog or Cat Quickly

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,...

Anchors Aweigh! Boating and Lake Safety Tips for Pets
Planning ahead prevents accidents

2 min read “I enjoy spending time at the river with my doggos, Gemma and Penne,” says Victoria Derr, Veterinary Technician Assistant at Firehouse Kyle, “as it gives me time to relax and enjoy nature after crazy days.” Our team has pulled together 5 boating and lake...

Why You Should Microchip Your Pet
Make certain that your pet can be found

3 min read A microchip is a grain-of-rice-sized, electronic device. It’s placed just under the skin between the shoulder blades. The chip contains a unique ID number that can be scanned by a veterinarian or shelter to identify your pet if he gets lost or stolen.  May...

How Cats are Affected by Stress
Tips to decrease stress in your cat’s life

4 min read   “My biggest tip is to make sure your cat has plenty of enrichment,” says Jamie, a Vet Tech at Firehouse Kyle. “This improves their quality of life, helps you bond, and also reduces the likelihood they’ll feel anxious when triggered throughout their day.”...

How to Travel in 2023 with Your Cat or Dog
Vacationing tips for your jet-set pet

3 min read Jamie and Gunner on their road trip. Dogs do well when parents prep well. “Preparation is key,” says Jamie, a vet tech at Firehouse Kyle. “I always bring Gunner on holiday. I’m ready for anything, with water, snacks, bowls, and food for the car. I also...
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 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...

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