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December 13, 2016 - 4:33am

By: Dr. Kassandra Garner

The stores are already decked in boughs of holly (or more accurately, plastic sparkly lights) and you are probably thinking about getting out your own holiday decorations. But for those of us with pets, before we drag those totes out of storage, consideration must be given to how to adorn our houses so that our efforts survive our four-footed companions. Yes, from Christmas trees to strands of garland, holiday decorations are a pet toy paradise from our pet’s perspective. Trimming the tree means nothing hanging from the bottom branches that will break when...

November 21, 2016 - 11:19pm

We had a spooktacular time during our Happy Howl-o-ween Pet Trick-or-Treating on Wednesday, October 26th! Thank you to all who came and celebrated with us!

This annual event was held in our Halloween decorated Education Room. Treats of all kinds were available for our human and pet “Trick-or-Treaters,” but we made sure the treats for pets were low calorie and healthy. It was fun to see which treats the pets loved the best. We even had take-home treats for our feline and canine friends who preferred to stay at home away from the festivities. 

Although costumes were not...

November 21, 2016 - 7:49pm

This article has been reviewed by a Veterinarian.
- information provided by VetStreet

During the holidays Animal Hospital of North Asheville sees an increase in cats and dogs suffering from a very severe and painful disease called Pancreatitis. Quite often it is a result of a pet eating fatty foods or another human food they are not used to. Let's take a closer look at Pancreatitis.
 
Think of the pancreas as a puffer fish. It’s a notoriously sensitive organ that...

November 21, 2016 - 7:27pm

As the weather gets colder, it is tempting to stop your parasite prevention, but the parasitic threats to your pets do not go away. Biting insects such as fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes that carry heartworm disease can persist through very cold weather. In fact, we hear a lot of reports of people finding ticks on their pets in the coldest months of winter, and even in the cold season, ticks can carry diseases such as Lyme and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Intestinal parasites such as hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms are a risk all year. Be sure to protect your pet by giving monthly...

November 21, 2016 - 7:17pm

Western North Carolina has been experiencing very dry conditions this fall, and the widespread forest fires that have occurred this November have led to significant problems with air quality and smoke in some areas. Many people are experiencing irritation in their eyes, nose, and lungs, and dogs and cats are susceptible to the same symptoms. For this reason, you should apply the same outdoor activity restrictions that are being recommended for people to your pet. If your pet is healthy, then you can probably assume that if a walk is comfortable for you, it is for your pet too. Use special...

October 22, 2016 - 10:50am

Stop in for Pet Trick or Treating on Wednesday, October 26th at Animal Hospital of North Asheville!

Our Education Room will be decorated for Halloween and we will have treats for people and pets, so please stop in between 6 and 7 PM on October 26. Our pet treats are healthy and low calorie.

This is a costume friendly event, but costumes are certainly not required. If your four-legged friend enjoys dressing up, we would love to see them! If your pet doesn't enjoy festivities, then please feel free to stop by and say hello without your pet. This event is not recommended for...

October 21, 2016 - 4:21pm

Put your best paw forward by joining fellow animal lovers at the premier charity gala of the season!

Animal Hospital of North Asheville is again the presenting sponsor for Taste of Compassion. We support this event because it is a large fund raiser for Asheville Humane Society and the proceeds go to helping needy animals in our own community. This enjoyable event features great food and drink as well as wonderful auction items.

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October 20, 2016 - 8:51pm

It’s Halloween time again, and while you’re celebrating this fun holiday, remember these tips to keep your pets safe:

Keep your pets indoors. Plan ahead and get cats inside early in the day, or even the day before, since it might be hard to find them later. During “Trick or Treating” hours, keep pets in a secure and quiet area of the house, not where the front door opens. Please remember that pets don’t understand Halloween and can really suffer when they are scared, so protect them from the sights and sounds. 

Make sure your pet is wearing ID. Your pet may act...

October 20, 2016 - 8:44pm

Diabetes mellitus, also known as sugar diabetes, is a growing problem in the United States’ human population. What many people don’t realize is that diabetes is also a problem for dogs and cats. Animal Hospital of North Asheville has many diabetic patients, so we want to use October to raise awareness of the problem. 

The most common signs of diabetes in pets are excessive thirst and increased urination. Many patients are hungrier than usual, and most lose weight despite having a good appetite. In more advanced cases, pets can become very dehydrated, weak, and even comatose which...

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