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August 28, 2017 - 11:31am

Throughout the year, we offer in-hospital continuing education for our staff and veterinarians. This past month, Dr. Michelle Foote presented our Annual CPR and Emergency Care training.

August 28, 2017 - 11:16am

By: Dr. Scott Loveless, DVM

Water is the essence of life. It is always important to make sure our pet friends stay hydrated, but especially in the heat of summertime. During hikes, play, walks, or runs it is important to take frequent breaks for yourself and your dog to cool off and drink plenty of water. Dogs do not have sweat glands except on the bottom of their feet, so they can only cool themselves through panting and through normal breathing. Certain breeds are more susceptible to overheating, including short-nosed breeds like Bulldogs, Pugs, Boston Terriers, etc. and double-...

August 23, 2017 - 10:05pm

The dog days of summer are here. The sun is shining and outdoor activities are in high swing. One thing most people don’t remember is that it’s time to make sure your pet is protected from the sun. That’s right - our furry friends, just like us, can suffer from the damaging effects from the sun’s powerful rays.

Excess sun exposure can be painful, can lead to sunburns, and increases the risk of certain types of skin cancer. The sun gives off different kinds of ultraviolet rays: UVB and UVA. UVB rays can cause sunburns and UVA can cause certain types of skin cancer.

Most dogs...

August 23, 2017 - 9:33pm

We so greatly appreciate your votes in the Mountain Xpress Best of WNC poll!  Once again we have been voted the #1 Veterinarian in WNC! It means a great deal to all of us to be recognized for the work we do. Thank you!

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August 23, 2017 - 9:22pm

Pet Spotlight: Microchip Reunites Shiny With His Family After More Than Four Years And 2,000 Miles Away

Animal Hospital of North Asheville was overjoyed to hear this happy story when a sweet black and white dog was recently brought in for a physical exam and wellness care. Four and a half years ago, Shiny’s mom, Michelle Davis, had her heart broken. Her beloved dog, Shiny, disappeared one day. Shiny had a habit of digging out of the yard to visit the neighbors for treats, but on this day, he did not return as usual. The Davises frantically searched the neighborhood but Shiny was...

July 27, 2017 - 3:02pm

The Asheville area had many confirmed cases of H3N2 during the 2015 canine influenza outbreak, but with the most recent US outbreak that began this spring, the closest case that we know of to date occurred near Charlotte, NC. There have been other cases in NC and two deaths occurred in NC from Canine Influenza.  At this time, other areas of the country are dealing with confirmed H3N2 outbreaks and an outbreak may occur in our community. Attached is an article from the University of Florida about the outbreak Florida is experiencing. Also attached is a news article from Kentucky where many...

July 25, 2017 - 5:33pm

By Dr. Kasandra Garner

Perhaps you have heard of, or even read, Annie Phenix’s excellent book “The Midnight Dog Walkers.” It is a wonderful practical resource for owners of leash reactive, difficult, or aggressive dogs. It occurred to me while I was jogging with my dog in the cool of the early morning last week that there is also a society of “Dawn Dog Joggers.” We wake before the sun is up - at least, in the summer months - to vigorously exercise our high energy dogs before the temperature and humidity make it impossible to do so safely. Later, the dog walkers will emerge. But the...

July 24, 2017 - 11:38pm

Our goal is to teach you what you need to know to help your pet. As much as we wish we could include your pet in our free help sessions, they are for humans only, so please leave all those sweet and wonderful pets at home.

These Help Sessions are free to the public on a first come, first seated basis. Please be aware that Animal Hospital of North Asheville will be seeing patients while the Help Session is in progress, so some of our parking will be reserved for the families of patients needing care. Thank you for understanding.

July 24, 2017 - 2:44pm

Asheville Humane Society’s Paw It Forward Campaign raised over $31,800 to help needy pets in our community! Your generosity helped TEAM Animal Hospital of North Asheville raise over $4,100 for Paw It Forward. Thank you!

July 21, 2017 - 1:17pm

Retractable leashes (Flexi leads) are very popular for walking dogs and provide wonderful benefits to dogs when used in the right environment. These types of leashes are designed to give dogs the freedom to roam and explore, but this design can cause problems in enclosed spaces, situations where you cannot give your dog your full attention, or areas that are shared by other families with pets. An animal hospital is one of these places where injuries from retractable leashes are increased. At Animal Hospital of North Asheville, we allow only standard 6 foot leashes (non-retractable) to help...

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