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Why Do Cats Knead? 
Here’s why cats “make biscuits.”

3 min read “Simply put, kneading brings cats peace and comfort,” says Georgie Chadwick, Hospital Manager at Firehouse Westlake.  Kneading is when cats rhythmically push their paws against a soft surface, often with a kneading motion like the way dough is kneaded.   A...

Cats and dogs hate New Year’s Eve fireworks
Your pet’s ears are sensitive to sound

Loud bangs and pops scare pets and can make even the most well-behaved pet misbehave or run away. We have tips.Bruno is one of the few cats who doesn't scare easily during New Year’s Eve and July 4th fireworks. “When I first adopted Bruno,” says Dr Sherry Hill,...

Pet Diabetes: What To Know
With proper care, your pets can thrive

7.5 min read Max, a mix breed mid-size dog, had excessive thirst and weight loss. His family was alarmed and brought him to Firehouse Kyle. After being diagnosed with diabetes, Max’s parents embraced a tailored diet and daily insulin shots. Max is now thriving and his...

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

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...

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