Our doctors share their tips for the breeds they grew up with!

Dr Ashley Opyt

A wellness tip for terriers is to make sure to have a good dental home care routine and regular teeth cleanings at the vet.

If you own a Labs, I recommend monitoring his or her weight very closely because Labradors have been shown to live about 2 years longer if they are at an ideal weight!

Dr Robbie Calabrese

Golden retrievers are great family dogs. Maintaining wellness in golden retrievers includes good nutrition for a healthy coat and joints and making sure they get plenty of exercise. Goldens typically love to swim, as you can see in the picture, and swimming great exercise!

Dr Justin Nelson

Tickles was a domestic medium hair breed of cat! My wellness tip for raising a cat is to do things on their terms. There aren’t really “breed” tips for cats, so this is a “one size fits all” guideline.

Dr Adriana Mendoza

Figaro, my childhood cat was a tuxedo (black and white), domestic shorthair cat (nothing fancy, a stray street cat). Honestly, I don’t have a tip for how to raise a cat, regardless of breed, other than try to socialize and desensitize them to touch, different sounds and people.

The Focus at Firehouse is Prevention
Everything we do for your pet is focused on your cat or dog’s long-term wellness. We aim to prevent disease through annual check-ups with you and your pet.

That’s why we prefer to assess your cat or dog’s health on a regular basis: we want to identify disease and other problems early.

We have found that annual check-ins let us better guide our clients to keep pets happy and healthy for as long as possible. This helps us prevent disease and elongate your pet’s life.

Plus, regular visits let us catch disease early and prevent its spread.

Small tweaks can make a big difference:
-Our annual wellness visits let us review your cat or dog’s diet so we can ensure they’re receiving the proper nutrition and exercise each day.
-We also discuss behavior to ensure your pet isn’t feeling scared, anxious or stressed.
-Plus, we always check your pet’s teeth since cats and dogs explore the world with their mouths. Healthy teeth and gums stop the spread of disease from bacteria in the mouth to the rest of the body.

We work with each pet’s human to create a healthcare plan that fits within their daily routines and lifestyle. Knowing what you think is realistic allows us to fine-tune our recommendations for you and your pet.

Everything we do is for the longevity of your pet’s life.

We know how much joy we all get from our cats and dogs. So, it’s our aim to keep your family pet as healthy as they can be for as long as possible.

Pets can’t tell us when they feel bad. And they’re great at hiding disease. Let’s work together to create a wellness plan for your cat or dog.

Contact us 24/7 with questions!