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July 21, 2016 - 5:02pm

To read more from WLOS about the confirmed case of rabies and how to protect your pets from rabies: Buncombe Health & Human Services: With confirmed rabies in Asheville, get pets vaccinated

Rabies can be a serious problem for you and your pet if you let your pet’s rabies vaccination go past the expiration date. If your pet’s rabies vaccination has expired and your pet comes in contact with a wild animal, the law states that your pet must...

June 27, 2016 - 6:07pm

This article originally appeared on VetStreet By Dr. Tina Wismer DVM, DABVT, DABT

As electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are becoming more popular, exposures to animals are increasing as the types of exposures have changed.

E-cigarettes were first marketed in 2007 and have been gaining market share ever since. At the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center...

June 22, 2016 - 10:27pm

Recently, we had a scare here at Animal Hospital of North Asheville when a very careful and caring “pet mom” accidently locked her keys in the car with her dear 14-year old Papillon, Buddy, inside the car. The outside temperature was 90 degrees F. and although Buddy was not panting and was bright and alert, we knew we had to act quickly to keep him from developing heat stroke. After calling several companies and finding that they could not reach us quickly enough, we called the fire station in Beaverdam. Two firemen arrived within minutes, quickly released the locks using specialized...

June 22, 2016 - 10:24pm

Pet obesity continues to be a growing problem, affecting the majority of US dogs and cats. Research conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) found that approximately 58% of cats and 54% of dogs were overweight or obese in 2015 compared to 2014 survey results that showed 57.9% of cats and 52.7% of dogs being overweight or obese.

The annual obesity prevalence survey is conducted by APOP. Veterinary practices assessed the body condition scores of every dog and cat patient they...

May 25, 2016 - 1:46pm

First, let us introduce you to Mandy May, a darling little 14 week old Shih-Poo puppy. Mandy May has the biggest, fullest and most loving personality. In spite of being only about three and a half pounds, she lights up any room she is in. Mandy May did not have the best start in life. She was rescued from a North Asheville home where conditions were terrible and she did not receive the care she needed. When rescued, Mandy May was malnourished and half the size of her littermates, and her survival was questionable.  

Mandy May’s story of how she became available for adoption is a...

May 23, 2016 - 4:52pm

At Animal Hospital of North Asheville, every month is National Pet Month! But we are super happy that pets are recognized each May - it's a great reminder of how important pets are to our lives. What would we do without their unconditional love and loyalty?

Enjoy this video slideshow of just some of the pets we are celebrating this month.

May 19, 2016 - 4:23pm

By: Dr. Dave Thompson

Veterinary Dentistry has three very basic goals: 

  1. Every pet should have a comfortable mouth.
  2. Infection and inflammation in the mouth should be eliminated or minimized.
  3. There should not be growths or tumors occurring in the mouth.

Most people wake up every morning and have no worries that they will have a comfortable mouth that day.  Unfortunately, it is estimated that 93% of pets in America wake up every morning with oral discomfort in the mouth. That is why Dr. Sim is so passionate about veterinary dentistry....

May 17, 2016 - 3:33pm

Spring is here and ticks are too! Please remember to check your pet regularly for ticks, because ticks transmit Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, St. Louis encephalitis, tick paralysis, tularemia, cytauxzoonosis, Lyme disease, canine ehrlichiosis, hepatozoonosis, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis. These diseases can make your pet very sick, so please take action now!

Remove ticks from your pets as quickly as possible because removing a tick soon after attachment decreases the likelihood of transmission of disease from the tick to your pet....

May 17, 2016 - 3:08pm

Cats are meant to be lean, sleek predators, rippling with muscle.

THE RISKS OF OBESITY

  1. Diabetes: Diabetes is becoming more common in cats, due to the increase in obesity in cats. Fat actually produces a hormone that causes insulin resistance, making overweight cats much more prone to Type 2 diabetes. For cats diagnosed with early diabetes, just as in people, weight loss can prevent or slow progression to full-blown diabetes.
  2. Joint problems: Cats often develop arthritis. This can limit their
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