Our Blog

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
  3. ...
April 18, 2016 - 8:39pm

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in dogs and cats in the United States and many other parts of the world. It is caused by foot-long worms (heartworms) that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body. The dog is a natural host for heartworms, which means that heartworms that live inside the dog can mature into adults, mate and produce microscopic larval forms called microfilariae. When a mosquito bites an infected dog, it picks up the microfilariae in...

April 14, 2016 - 8:49pm

Cats often disguise the fact they are in pain. That may be because in the wild, cats that appear sick or injured are vulnerable to predators. Cat pain can be caused by such things as arthritis, dental problems, urinary tract infections, bone disease and cancer. Pain is also common following a surgical procedure. You are in the best position to look for the subtle changes in behavior that may indicate your cat is suffering. It’s important to stay alert, because the sooner your cat’s pain is diagnosed and treated, the sooner he or she can heal and resume a normal, happy life. If your cat...

March 24, 2016 - 5:24pm

Spring is here and it is time to take steps to prevent fleas and ticks. We saw fleas and ticks through the winter, but their numbers significantly increase in the spring. It is important to start your pet on tick prevention now. We have a detailed article on the products listed below, which you can reference by clicking the links at the end of this article. Below is a very simple write up on how to prevent fleas and ticks.

CATS: 

Prevention of fleas on cats: Revolution (topically) monthly (also prevents heartworms and intestinal parasites)

...

Pages

Subscribe to