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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)

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March 21, 2016 - 11:22am

This article is from Today's Veterinary Technician

  • Keeping your own pets healthy and parasite-free is a great way to reduce the risk of zoonotic disease. This includes scheduling regular veterinary visits, staying current on vaccines, and using effective parasite control.
  • Frequent and thorough handwashing is critically important in preventing transmission of many zoonotic organisms.
  • Petting zoos and other interactive animal habitats are valuable
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March 18, 2016 - 10:17pm

Do you ever wonder why your cats behave the way they do? Do you have feuding felines in your family? Are you thinking about adding another cat or kitten to the household? Have you ever wondered if you could be doing more to offer an enriched life for your cat? We have exciting news for you!

Animal Hospital of North Asheville has partnered with certified trainer Tristin Rehner, MS, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, CBATI of Pet Behavior Aid to offer a series of FREE Behavior Help Sessions dedicated to our feline friends. 

This series of Help Sessions is designed to set your cat up for a...

March 18, 2016 - 9:49pm

Test your knowledge of fleas and ticks with this true-or-false quiz. (scroll down for the answers)

Questions

  1. Cats and dogs become infested with the same type of fleas.
  2. While on a host, fleas feed three times a day.
  3. Left undisturbed, the female flea can survive on a host and continue reproducing for three to four days.
  4. If removed from her host, the female flea will hibernate until the next host comes along.
  5. Fleas fly from host to host.
  6. Ticks are in the same class as spiders.
  7. All ticks have six legs.
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January 24, 2016 - 10:34pm

We love our patients! Enjoy this look back at 2015’s cute kittens and puppies, sweet dogs and cats, fun costumes, silly faces, and more as we celebrate OUR FAVORITE THINGS!

January 13, 2016 - 4:53pm

By Dr. Dave Thompson

Whenever I go to my own dentist for evaluation and cleaning appointments, my hygienist always asks, “Dr. Thompson, are you having any problems or sensitivity with your teeth?” Unfortunately, information on whether pets are feeling pain is much more difficult to obtain. When I am admitting my pet patients for dental evaluation and cleaning appointments, I always ask the parents/family members of my patients if they have noticed any symptoms of oral discomfort. Even when a cat or dog has a dental problem that we know is uncomfortable or painful, the family seldom...

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