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September 26, 2019 - 10:35am

Recently, Hurricane Dorian left a path of death and devastation across the Bahamas and parts of the southeastern United States. Not only are the people affected by this terrible storm, but countless animals desperately need help as well. Many people have asked how they can help; here are some of the ways:

Bahamas: The Humane Society of Grand Bahama was hit after floodwaters reached unprecedented areas. Unfortunately many lives were lost but there were a few staff...

September 19, 2019 - 8:48pm

If you have a dog or cat who is fearful, anxious, or stressed during veterinary visits, the veterinary team may have recommended that you give your pet a PVP, or pre-visit pharmaceutical. These are medications that may be used in addition to training or behavior or environmental modifications to treat fear, anxiety, or stress associated with veterinary visits. PVPs can help to make veterinary visits more likely to be successful. The goal is to make your pet’s veterinary visit more enjoyable and less stressful. Because they reduce stress and anxiety, these medications can help to change the...

September 19, 2019 - 8:21pm

SPAYING, NEUTERING, AND STOMACH TACKING

We recommend spaying or neutering your kitten or puppy. Every year, millions of unwanted dogs, cats, kittens, and puppies are euthanized. Having your dog or cat sterilized will help prevent unwanted litters, help protect against some serious health problems, and may reduce many of the behavioral problems associated with the mating instinct.

Removing a female dog or cat’s ovaries eliminates heat cycles and generally reduces the unwanted behaviors that may lead to family frustration. Early spaying of female dogs and cats can help...

August 22, 2019 - 2:58pm

Summertime is a great time to spend frolicking in the water. With the hot sunny days, there has been a recent spike of blue-green algae intoxication in pets with some even leading to death. We want you to have information to help protect you and your pet.

What is Cyanobacteria?

Algae occurs naturally in the water. The blue-green variety, which has been in the news recently, is considered to be one of several Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs). Blue-green algae is a group of bacteria that is also known as cyanobacteria. It is a bacteria present in fresh and marine bodies of water...

July 23, 2019 - 3:34pm

 Information originally at AKC.org

According to the United States Fire Administration, an estimated 500,000 pets are affected annually by fire. The American Kennel Club and the ADT Security Services created the Pet Fire Safety Day to be celebrated on July 15th. This day is dedicated to raising awareness of the fire hazards beloved pets could pose in the home, but, more importantly, how to prevent them. Many fires in the home can be a result when pets and potential fire...

July 23, 2019 - 3:12pm

By Melissa Oglesbee, B.S., A.A.S., former RVT

Bloodwork. Why is it important? Why does my veterinarian ask me to do it every year when my pet is obviously healthy? Why does my sick pet need to be monitored in this way? Is bloodwork on my perfectly healthy pet really necessary before anesthesia? Why do you need to use bloodwork to monitor certain medications? And why do dogs need a heartworm test every year since my pet gets a preventive every month without fail?

These are all very valid questions. Bloodwork may seem to be unnecessary and just an added cost to a pet...

July 4, 2019 - 9:47pm

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June 19, 2019 - 9:20pm

Dr. Kasandra Garner, DVM

How many times have you heard (or said it yourself), “The only bad thing about pets is that they don’t live long enough.” It is an unfortunate reality that most of us are going to outlive our furry soulmates. However, when they reach their “golden years,” there is no need to despair. Older pets still have plenty of life left. They are in many ways better behaved than their younger selves, and with a few modifications, you and your older pet can continue to enjoy an active pleasurable companionship right up until the moment they cross the rainbow bridge....

June 18, 2019 - 10:31pm

A day filled with compassion and love for senior pets

There is something special that touches our hearts when we see the silver in the muzzle, the cloudiness of the eyes, and the slower gait of an aging pet. Senior pets are special beyond words.

We had the honor to participate not only as a sponsor, vendor, and speaker, but also as fellow pet owners in the Angel Pets Conference and Expo. We were part of a large group of like-minded individuals who have been touched by the love of a senior pet.

The day was filled with amazing speakers, such as our own Dr. Kasandra...

June 18, 2019 - 8:43pm

Asheville Humane Society is holding their 2nd Annual "WNC Pet of the Year" photo contest to help raise money to support local homeless animals in need. The pet with the most votes by 9 pm tonight (June 25) will win the title "WNC's Pet of the Year" and become a local pet celebrity!  

The race is in full swing. The pet with the most votes will be crowned the WNC Pet of the Year. Not only will they be a model for AHS in the coming year but they will win some pretty cool prizes too. Each vote is $1 ($1=1 vote). We are so excited to see many familiar faces in the contest. Everyone is...

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