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Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in dogs and cats in the United States and many other parts of the world. It is caused by foot-long worms (heartworms) that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body. The dog is a natural host for heartworms, which means that heartworms that live inside the dog can mature into adults, mate and produce microscopic larval forms called microfilariae.
By: Dr. Amy Plankenhorn
For most families with new puppies, the biggest things to worry about are common – housetraining, feeding a good diet, keeping vaccinations current, and socialization (actually, that's as easy as signing up for AHNA's Puppy Preschool!). But two of our recent puppy patients faced even bigger problems that required emergency abdominal surgeries.
Cats often disguise the fact they are in pain. That may be because in the wild, cats that appear sick or injured are vulnerable to predators. Cat pain can be caused by such things as arthritis, dental problems, urinary tract infections, bone disease and cancer. Pain is also common following a surgical procedure. You are in the best position to look for the subtle changes in behavior that may indicate your cat is suffering. It’s important to stay alert, because the sooner your cat’s pain is diagnosed and treated, the sooner he or she can heal and resume a normal, happy life.
Since 1977, Animal Hospital of North Asheville has been actively involved in helping homeless and needy pets. Many of us have been working here long enough to realize the huge achievements that Asheville Humane Society has made in saving and improving the lives of needy pets, but we also realize that the need for funds is great as there is much more work to do.