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May 10, 2013 - 3:21pm

By Dr. Caroline Kiss

Bella is a sweet and gentle 10 year old female Australian Shepherd mix that was hiding a problem so severe that it would cause any human with a similar disease process to be expressing absolute misery. Yet, Bella was outwardly a happy and active dog who was well taken care of and very loved.  Bella illustrates how well our beloved pets can hide even severe oral pain and how appropriate treatment can stop the pain and let them truly enjoy life.

Bella and her family recently moved to Asheville from Tennessee.  Her mom, Holly, was concerned because in...

March 12, 2013 - 10:18pm

There is no doubt about it, Daisy is CUTE! She has a wonderful personality and is curious, active and loving. Daisy’s mom takes excellent care of her and provides great food, veterinary care on schedule, fresh water, exercise and lots of love.

March 11, 2013 - 9:36pm

Nikko is a wonderful, seven month old black standard poodle puppy who loves to be rocked to sleep in dad’s lap. When he’s not sleeping with his dad, he likes to run around and have fun. He has recently discovered the pond near his house where he likes to investigate the ducks, and he also enjoys trips to the beach.

January 17, 2013 - 5:33pm

By: Dave Thompson, DVM and Caroline Kiss, DVM, ABVP

We are about to show you something that we commonly see in cats called alveolar osteitis.  Despite being common, many veterinarians do not know about it.  In just minutes, you will be able to check your own cat to determine whether he or she may be suffering from it.

NORMAL FANG TEETH:  Looking at the two upper prominent “fang” teeth in the picture on the right, note that the surrounding gum tissue is not swollen, red or inflamed. (The normal color of this cat’s gums above the incisor teeth is gray and...

February 13, 2012 - 3:51pm

By Dr. David Thompson

If you could only prevent one disease in your pet, how would you choose which one?

You might choose the disease that is:

  1. most common, (more common than fleas), and one than affects 75% of dogs and cats by 3 years of age
  2. most likely to cause chronic discomfort
  3. most likely to shorten your pet’s life

This really sounds like a tough disease, and it is!  We see this disease all the time at Animal Hospital of North Asheville, and it is sneaky because it affects young and old and every breed and every sex.  It is...

November 10, 2011 - 4:52pm

By: Mary Rita Sandoval

Our family has been blessed with the presence of our dear Rosie, a beautiful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, for almost 16 years. In those years I’ve become a true believer that by brushing her teeth every evening I have lengthened her life by almost a decade!

Rosie is a sweet, friendly dog who hardly ever barks. My husband, Richard, and I got Rosie for our daughter, Katie, who was 13 at the time. Katie is now 29 and Rosie will be 16 in February!

Rosie has slowed down a little over the years, and she no longer jumps up onto chairs, but other...

March 14, 2011 - 1:08pm

Do pets ever develop cancer in the mouth? 

Yes!  Dr. Thompson, who does fulltime dental work at AHNA, finds on average two growths a week that have not been noticed by the pet’s family. A pet’s mouth is a common site for growths, both benign and malignant. 

Very few pet family members examine their pet’s mouths. Pet family members often detect bumps in the skin but the mouth is seldom examined. It is important to “flip the lip” of your pet often to check for all oral problems, not just growths.

Veterinarians sometimes refer to an oral evaluation as a “dental.” We...

July 27, 2010 - 3:00am

Your pet’s doctor will examine the teeth at each visit. We urge you to examine the mouth and teeth at least monthly because important things are happening in the mouth this first year. Look for chipped, broken, movable, discolored, extra teeth, missing teeth, unusual gum tissue and for foreign objects stuck between teeth.

In the picture above, the red number 1’s are retained baby teeth. See how the permanent teeth, blue number 2’s have been pushed inward and when they fully erupt, they will poke into and damage...

April 14, 2010 - 7:02pm


Gus came into AHNA with a broken tooth

Acting Quickly = Less Pain & Less Infection

PAINFUL: A broken tooth is painful but as a survival instinct, pets seldom express oral pain.


February 26, 2010 - 3:35pm

FACT: Pet bad breath means periodontal infection.

FACT: The most common disease in dogs is periodontal infection (in 80% by age 3 years)

FACT: The most common cause of discomfort in dogs is periodontal infection.

FACT: Periodontal infection is preventable. Prevention saves discomfort and money.

Every pet owner would like their pet to avoid the



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