The Asheville area had many confirmed cases of H3N2 during the 2015 canine influenza outbreak, but with the most recent US outbreak that began this spring, the closest case that we know of to date occurred near Charlotte, NC. There have been other cases in NC and two deaths occurred in NC from Canine Influenza. At this time, other areas of the country are dealing with confirmed H3N2 outbreaks and an outbreak may occur in our community. Attached is an article from the University of Florida about the outbreak Florida is experiencing.
Have you ever watched your cat breathe? What a silly question! But the fact is, most of us don’t really watch how our cats breathe on a regular basis. Normally, cats breathe about 20 times per minute, and their breathing is smooth, silent, and almost imperceptible unless they’re purring. When there is something wrong in the lungs, there are some changes that you can watch out for:
By Dr. Kasandra Garner
Our goal is to teach you what you need to know to help your pet. As much as we wish we could include your pet in our free help sessions, they are for humans only, so please leave all those sweet and wonderful pets at home.
These Help Sessions are free to the public on a first come, first seated basis. Please be aware that Animal Hospital of North Asheville will be seeing patients while the Help Session is in progress, so some of our parking will be reserved for the families of patients needing care. Thank you for understanding.
Asheville Humane Society’s Paw It Forward Campaign raised over $31,800 to help needy pets in our community! Your generosity helped TEAM Animal Hospital of North Asheville raise over $4,100 for Paw It Forward. Thank you!
Retractable leashes (Flexi leads) are very popular for walking dogs and provide wonderful benefits to dogs when used in the right environment. These types of leashes are designed to give dogs the freedom to roam and explore, but this design can cause problems in enclosed spaces, situations where you cannot give your dog your full attention, or areas that are shared by other families with pets. An animal hospital is one of these places where injuries from retractable leashes are increased.
In life, at one time or another, every dog will need space when they encounter other dogs or people. You may have a dog learning basic manners, behavioral modification or specialized occupational training. Some dogs may have medical reasons such as recovering from an illness or surgery, or have a physical limitation such as being deaf, blind or arthritic. Service or working dogs need space to focus on the task at hand. Some dogs are fearful of unfamiliar people or dogs. Sometimes it is the family that may need space and prefer minimal interaction on walks.
Always keep an ID tag on your pet! This is one of the quickest ways to help your pet find his or her way back home.
Be safe! No single ID is fail-safe. Use more than one method of identification.
Chip your pet! Microchip your pet and keep your contact information current.
When thinking about adding a dog or puppy to your family, it is always a good idea to research breed types and traits. The physical appearance of mixed breeds often (but not always!) provides clues about breed heritage. Knowing the breed types and traits that contributed to your dog’s ancestry is important to help your new family member grow into a well-balanced dog. Traits your dog is likely to show should match the lifestyle of your family, otherwise behavior issues may arise.