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May 12, 2011 - 2:48pm

By Andrea Wright

My girlfriend, Jillian, adopted Milo and his sister, Eloise from Mary Paws in January of 2010. Both Milo and Eloise were born with problems that make them a little wobbly on their feet. We were told that neither of them would be able to climb, run, or get around very well at all.

We took them home and began trying to make our home safe for them. We made a barrier out of boxes to block the stairs - which Milo promptly jumped over. So much for the limited mobility!

Ever since that first day, Milo has been full of surprises. He loves to climb,...

May 9, 2011 - 10:41am

By: Dr. Warren Riggle

Dogs and cats are living longer and healthier lives thanks to regular physical exams and wellness blood tests. Wellness blood and urine tests are a thorough way of assessing your pet’s general health. Dogs and cats cannot tell their family or their veterinarian the subtle signs of illness that humans express. When dogs and cats begin to show outward signs of illness, the health concerns are often so advanced that they are no longer treatable. “Survival of the fittest” is Mother Nature’s rule. If an animal is out in the wild acting sick, they will not survive...

April 13, 2011 - 12:00am

Henry is so full of love that he just has to hug you!

March 15, 2011 - 3:54pm

Patience and Love Transform a Feral Cat into a Wonderful Pet

By Sheri Parks, member of our Client Care Team

I discovered Leery, along with her mother, brothers, and a sister, living behind my home when we moved in 7 years ago. I was sitting on my deck one night when I noticed several pairs of glowing eyes all huddled together under a group of pine trees – such precious babies!

I began setting out food and tying to catch them, which was difficult because it quickly became obvious that they had had no contact with humans. Every evening I sat near them while they ate...

March 11, 2011 - 12:00am

Kelly worked very hard at training Frances to do her "trick". Frances has learned to use the techs as a step-stool to get out of her kennel. How cute!

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March 2, 2011 - 9:51am

WellPet, makers of Wellness Natural Pet Food, are voluntarily recalling some lots of their canned food due to potentially insufficient amounts of vitamin B1 ( also known as thiamine).

Wellness Canned Cat Food (all flavors and sizes) with best by dates from 14APR13 through 30SEPT13
and Wellness Canned Cat Chicken and Herring (all sizes) with the best by date of 10 NOV13 and 17NOV13.

If you have cat food from these lots, you should stop feeding your cats. You may call WellPet at 1-877-227-9587 to arrange for return of the product and reimbursement.

Early signs...

February 13, 2011 - 11:21am

By Karen and Mick Weagle (Mick has helped care for pets at AHNA as an exam room assistant since 2003.)

Possum was a very young stray kitten when a client brought her to the Animal Hospital of North Asheville. She was almost dead. When she was brought in to the hospital, she was limp and seemed lifeless, and she appeared to have no eyes. She was probably only 3 or 4 weeks old at most. The kind soul who rescued her found 2 children playing with her lifeless body and brought her to the hospital. Dr. Susan Wootten believed Possum could be saved, and so her treatment began.

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January 16, 2011 - 7:22pm

Norm and Rudy - owned by Certified Veterinary Technician Kelly Brown, RVT

How many cats are rescued, live in an animal hospital where they are spoiled rotten, and get to save lives in return? We only know of two, Norm and Rudy, and this is their story.

Norm and Rudy were adopted from a local shelter and came to live at Animal Hospital of North Asheville in 1997. Everyone at AHNA always thought it would be nice to have a ‘hospital cat’ and to have two, well, that was even better. Norm, the real character of the two, was always getting into things and making people laugh, and...

January 16, 2011 - 6:57pm

Fleas are amazingly resilient!  A female flea can lay 40 eggs daily (280 weekly), which fall off of the dog or cat as they are laid and end up in carpet or cracks in the floor. It is likely that even the most protected pet will get one (or more) fleas yearly. Of the flea life stages, egg, larva, pupa and adult, the pupa can remain dormant for months.

January 16, 2011 - 5:30pm

How do parasites survive?

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