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March 28, 2019 - 6:04pm

Enjoy a day of dining out to help local animals in need! Asheville Humane Society's 16th Annual Dine To Be Kind presented by Prestige Subaru will be held Tuesday, April 9 at participating restaurants! Dine in (or carry out) for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner and up to 25% of your bill will be donated to the lifesaving programs of Asheville Humane Society! 

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March 12, 2019 - 10:54pm

With the legalization of cannabis in parts of the United States, we have seen an increase in marijuana poisoning in our patients. Recreational and medical cannabis is available in a wide range of products such as smokables, oils, and edibles, which can increase the chance of pet exposure. Many people may not realize that prescription medical cannabis products contain not only the CBD (cannabidiol) but a high level of THC which is harmful to pets.

Dogs are attracted to these products and tend to be able to sniff them out and consume them. Dogs are more sensitive to the psychotropic...

March 12, 2019 - 10:40pm

If you were to go by all the talk about “dog people” versus “cat people,” you’d think that everyone had to choose one and stick to it. They don’t, of course; plenty of us have both cats and dogs and despite their differences, it seems to work out. If you want to ensure a good relationship, though, science says to focus on the cat’s needs.

A recent study surveyed owners mostly in the United Kingdom and the United States, asking detailed questions about how their cats and dogs got along. The majority of the 748 owners thought their pets had pretty good relationships. On a scale of 1...

February 25, 2019 - 2:07pm

Animal Hospital of North Asheville is now offering Revolution Plus to provide your cat with the best and most effective protection against parasites!

Revolution Plus is a simple to apply, quick-drying, monthly topical product that offers protection for cats and kittens against fleas, ear mites, roundworms, hookworms, heartworms, and now additionally ticks.

Parasites do not just cause health issues in cats that go outside; indoor-only cats can be affected too. Fleas, ticks, intestinal parasites and mosquitoes (which cause heartworms) can be carried in on our clothing or...

February 25, 2019 - 1:43pm

Animal Hospital of North Asheville is dedicated to decreasing stress, anxiety, and fear in our patients while offering the best medical care possible. You may have noticed over the years the big and small changes in the practice that have led to us earning Fear Free Practice Certification. Small things such as offering treats, kongs, mats, hiding spaces, allowing cats to stay in their carriers or dogs in their family's lap, pre-visit medications, and changes in handling techniques, and larger factors like the design of the practice to include separate cat and dog areas have made a huge...

February 8, 2019 - 12:02pm

February is the month of love and we would love to hear why you love your pet. Better yet, show us!

During February we invite you to submit an original drawing or painting of why you love your pet and we will share it on our Facebook page. At the end of the month our staff will narrow down to the top 3 images in each category and then you, our Facebook family will vote online to choose your favorite.

Everyone who enters will receive an AHNA tote bag! You will receive a certificate of participation for your artwork. Bring the certificate to the hospital and you will be given...

January 22, 2019 - 12:24pm

We strive to provide the highest level of medical and emotional care for our patients. By working together, we can provide the best low-stress veterinary visits.  Did you know a great visit starts at home before you leave for your appointment and continues until your furry friend returns home again?
 
We understand that new places and new people can be worrisome to many cats and dogs, so we strive to decrease their fear, stress, and anxiety. With your help, we can help develop a pre-visit plan that we will continue to build upon at each visit. The goal is to minimize fear,...

January 21, 2019 - 10:14pm

Like us, our cats and dogs benefit from proactive dental care. Good dental habits are vital to a healthy pet, not just a healthy mouth.

Our pets seldom show us symptoms of mild dental disease. Usually, by the time they show signs (not eating, dropping food, pawing at the mouth, odor, or bleeding of the gums) pain and damage has occurred. Every day, your pet’s gums are progressing towards periodontal disease if you are not doing something to prevent it. Even when it reaches an advanced stage and is very painful, pets can’t tell you what they are going through!  Often families have...

December 18, 2018 - 4:14pm

By Dr. Amy Plankenhorn

We’ve all seen the pictures – it’s Christmas morning, and Mom or Dad brings an adorable puppy wearing a red bow into the room. The kids are delighted! The puppy is delighted! Mom and Dad high-five because this was the Best Christmas Ever!

Well, maybe it was, but maybe not. Giving a pet as a surprise gift can work out fine, but there are some important factors to take into consideration:

1)    Does the recipient have the time, energy and finances to be able to care for the pet appropriately? Kids may pledge to care for a new...

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