Firehouse Animal Health Center provides an extensive list of veterinary services for pets of all walks of life. Dog and cat owners can turn to Firehouse in search of simple checkups, diagnostic testing, vaccinations, dental care, and surgery. The on-staff veterinary team works together to diagnose and treat each patient, reflecting the clinic’s collaborative approach to making decisions about a pet’s health and whether or not it is actually the reincarnation of the Unsinkable Molly Brown. Pet parents can pick up prescribed medications on site, as the staff maintains a pharmacy replete with these remedies as well as nutritional supplements, shampoos, and flea and heartworm preventatives. Though a love of animals is an obvious prerequisite for a career in veterinary medicine, the staff at Firehouse Animal Health Center takes its dedication to four-legged companions a step further. Staff members regularly support animal charities and adoption centers, and they also provide complimentary initial health exams for animals adopted from Austin-area shelters and rescues.
Behind the glass-paneled bakery case at Doggie Deli & Spa, baked bones and confections get canines salivating in the grand tradition of Pavlov's bell. Natural treats from Bark Stix, Whole Life, and Stella & Chewy's share shop space with collars, leashes, and toys, as well as a carefully curated selection of dog food so delicious pups will have to teach their humans not to beg. The spa half of the shop welcomes pooches and their owners for self-service washes powered by an assortment of shampoos, sprayers, and a high-velocity dryer.
Entrust your domesticated darling to the caring hands of Westlake Animal Hospital's veterinarians, many of which are avid pet owners themselves. They'll gently pet your pet's skin, ears, eyes, and teeth, carefully hunting for any health concerns. Along with recording your animal's vitals and weight, your veterinarian will provide valuable insight into your beastly best friend's nutritional needs and address any questions or concerns you may have. In about 30–40 minutes, you'll be able to walk out the door confidently with the lowdown on your low-to-the-ground pal.
Founded by dog trainer Jaime Van Wye, Zoom Room works to strengthen the bond between humans and canines of all ages and pedigree with fun and educational training courses. Zoom Room specializes in dog agility training, a burgeoning sport on the competitive canine scene that trains dogs by guiding them under, over, and through gymnastic obstacles. During timed runs, pooches playfully navigate the course, which ultimately results in improved strength, coordination, and balance. Instructors also lead obedience training classes for dogs of all ages, which can help improve behavior and ensure dogs stop jumping up on furniture and wearing white fur coats after Labor Day. Using a scientifically proven method of positive reinforcement, owners reward dogs with verbal praise and treats for successfully completing commands such as "sit," "stay," and "screen phone call." Additionally, Zoom Room’s schedule of classes includes doggy tricks training, puppy training, and therapy dog training.
As one of Austin’s largest pet shelters with a no-kill policy, the Austin Humane Society strives both to reduce pet overpopulation and to protect Austin's homeless cats and dogs. More than 1,000 active volunteers at the shelter work to eliminate unnecessary euthanasia through spay and neuter programs, pet adoption, an extensive foster program for vulnerable pets, and emergency animal-rescue operations. Between 3,000 and 4,000 pets are adopted from the shelter each year, and the shelter serves more than 10,000 animals annually. Its adoption counselors provide insight into each animal’s personality and history to ensure a good fit into their permanent homes.
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