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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...

Vacationing With Pets
8 tips for traveling with your pet

Distracting your dog is a great way to keep him calm during a long road trip.Quick travel tips in any season -Research veterinarians and pet-friendly hotels before leaving home. A veterinarian should be within 30 minutes of your final destination. Ask hotels about...

Car seats for dogs? You bet.
Buckle Fluffy into a harness to keep him (and you) safe on the road

Firehouse & Firehouse Pet Resort client, Remus, was safe in a recent car accident thanks to his car carrier. He wears his harness to and from all classes and playdates.We’ve all smiled upon seeing a dog’s happy face leaning out the car window and enjoying the...

How to keep your cat safe on car rides
Three tips for easier road trips (near and far)

For safe transport, put you cat in a hard-shell carrier in the back seat of the car. Secure the carrier with the seat belt. You can also push the passenger seat all the way back, sandwiching the carrier between front and back seats.After 200+ foster kittens, Kelly Erb...

Don’t waste money! Store your pet food right.
Original packaging, room temperature and storage location matter

Dr Hunter Bowen 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 leach...

Introducing your cat to your newborn
Pets can grow to love your new baby with a few simple tricks

Dr Adriana Mendoza welcomed her baby girl in November 2020. She acclimated her cat before and after the birth so the two could become friends.Bringing a new baby into the house can be exciting but could also mean extra stress on your pets. Cats, fairly or unfairly,...

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.

*filmed before COVID 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...

New guidelines: fix your cat by 5 months
Cats can live longer when spayed or neutered one month 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. Firehouse...
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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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

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® and Cat Friendly® 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®” and “Cat Friendly®” a lot at Firehouse....

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Have questions? We’re here to help! Our Leander animal hospital is open, inviting and modern. Please don’t hesitate to contact us or stop by.


3501 N Lakeline Blvd, Ste 150
Leander, TX, 78641
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Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 6:00pm
Sat: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Sun: Closed


Phone: 512.980.2080 (Call 24/7!)
Email: leanderinfo@firehouse.vet

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3501 N Lakeline Blvd, Ste 150
Leander, TX, 78641

Mon-Fri: 7:30am - 6:00pm
Sat: 8:00am - 12:00pm
Sun: Closed