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November 21, 2019 - 10:01pm

Author: Melissa Oglesbee, B.S., A.A.S., former RVT

The season of gratitude, giving, and general merriment is fast approaching. And with that also comes the season of various yummies—turkey, ham, dressing, pies, other various sweet treats, etc. While some will view these solely as indulgences, others know that they are expressions of love and care, and it’s completely normal to want to extend those feelings to our pets. However, as I will explain, showering our pets with these things can have serious consequences.

Any veterinarian knows that the days after a holiday can be...

November 21, 2019 - 9:16pm

It can seem overwhelming when it comes time to choose diagnostic testing for your pets. When you bring your dog to Animal Hospital of North Asheville for an annual comprehensive physical exam, we will discuss and recommend heartworm and tick-transmitted disease screening. The reason we recommend these tests for early detection of Heartworm or Tick-Borne disease is that early diagnosis can increase the chance of a good prognosis with treatment. 

Here is an easy guide to help you choose basic screening panels for canine heartworm and tick testing. 

Antech Heartworm Testing...

November 21, 2019 - 8:37pm

Help us spread love during this holiday season by donating to help local pets in need. During our "Warm Hearts * Full Bellies" Holiday Pet Food and Blanket Drive, we will be collecting donations of wet or dry pet food, new or gently used beds and blankets, pet toys, and/or monetary donations. 

It warms our hearts to be able to help local pets in need by supporting organizations who tirelessly work all year to provide care and support to those in need. This year we will be supporting the Asheville Humane Society, Meals on Wheels of Buncombe County, and Asheville Cat Weirdos....

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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