Dr. Dave Thompson and our Dental Hygienist, Dana Raphaelle, have just returned from learning even more about the best of dental care for your pet. Dr. Dave spends every day performing dental exams and dental surgery at Animal Hospital of North Asheville, so he frequently attends special dental classes to be sure he is always staying current in the latest information and surgical techniques. This three day program of classes and hands-on labs was the Veterinary Dental Forum that approximately 1000 veterinarians and technical staff attended in Boston. A couple of Dr.
“Our dog, Bella, has always been very athletic. By just about anyone’s standards, she is in phenomenal shape for an 11-year-old dog,” said Brandi Hand. “People are always marveling at her speed and the lengths she will go to in order to fetch a ball. Even so, my husband, Tom, and I began to notice changes in her. Years of diving off of rocks into water and then having to pull herself up steep riverbanks had finally taken its toll on her. She still enjoyed our daily walks, but we noticed she was limping, and instead of being out in front of us leading the way, she was a few steps behind us.
For safety and companionship, dogs spend more time indoors and therefore exercise less. They may be bored so they eat more. We tend to leave food out at all times or unknowingly overfeed (out of love) and they may eat to excess because it is convenient. Just six extra pieces of kibble per meal can cause weight gain. Weight gain means you are eating more than your body needs.
Celebrate the holiday season with a fun event that will give you something to "bark" about!
We are a proud presenting sponsor of the Grove "Bark" Inn Gingerbread Doghouse Competition and Display taking place December 4th - 7th! This fundraising event, to be held at the Grove Park Inn Historic Country Club, will benefit local pet charities Animal Compassion Network, Asheville Humane Society, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, Humane Alliance, and Paws on a Mission.
By: Mary Rita Sandoval
Our family has been blessed with the presence of our dear Rosie, a beautiful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, for almost 16 years. In those years I’ve become a true believer that by brushing her teeth every evening I have lengthened her life by almost a decade!
Rosie is a sweet, friendly dog who hardly ever barks. My husband, Richard, and I got Rosie for our daughter, Katie, who was 13 at the time. Katie is now 29 and Rosie will be 16 in February!
Animal Hospital of North Asheville is once again holding a Holiday Pet Food Drive!
Nan Ruby, who works here at Animal Hospital of North Asheville as a Registered Veterinary Technician, has 3 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 chickens. They all take up the same amount of space in her heart, but Peyton, her 170-pound St. Bernard, definitely takes up the most space in her house!
Nan adopted Peyton from a St. Bernard rescue when he was 9-months-old and weighed in at only (!!!) 130 pounds.
Health Alert: We are recently seeing deer ticks on pets at a much greater frequency than we have in past years. These ticks are much, much smaller than the ticks that most people are familiar with, so please click on the accompanying links and learn how to recognize them on your pets and human family members. We also felt it important to alert you because these ticks appear in late fall after the larger types of ticks have already subsided and many people have stopped using a tick preventative.
Cats are wonderful to share our homes with, unless they start treating our homes as their bathroom. While most cats are very content to use the litter box for their eliminations, there are a variety of reasons why a cat may stop using the litter pan.