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January 15, 2018 - 12:14pm

By Dr. Kasandra Garner

Antifreeze poisoning is one of the most common types of poisoning that occurs in pets. Ethylene glycol is the main ingredient in most antifreeze products, and it has a sweet flavor that appeals to pets. Since 2012, manufacturers have added a bittering agent to antifreeze to help decrease its appeal, but owners should still be aware of the risks of antifreeze ingestion. Only a few tablespoons can be life threatening to a medium sized dog. Most of the time pets are exposed to antifreeze when the owner is unaware that they have a leak in the radiator, and the...

October 11, 2017 - 3:37pm

Millions of people and their animals have been displaced or affected by the flooding from Hurricane Harvey and the winds and flooding from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. In the Caribbean, Florida, Texas, and Louisiana, animals need help with food, shelter, medical care, and being reunited with their owners. There are several reputable charities who will use monetary donations to provide supplies and shelter to these animals. Here are some ways you can help:

General funds for all three storms:

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September 25, 2017 - 8:38pm

In the past several years there has been an increase in severe weather. Recently hurricanes like Irma, Ivan, Harvey and Katrina have devastated areas. Wildfires like the Party Rock wildfire and the Gatlinburg wildfires forced families to leave their homes. Severe weather is not limited to wildfires and hurricanes; tornadoes, earthquakes, house fires, flooding and severe winter weather can force families to flee for safety. Many times families may not have a chance to prepare. They just need to grab and go. That is why it is important to have an escape plan for people and pets.
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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.

May 22, 2017 - 2:01pm

Springtime means warm weather, long days, and more opportunities to get out in the woods or in our yards. Unfortunately, spring also means more opportunities for humans and their pets to encounter snakes. The most common poisonous snake in Western North Carolina is the copperhead, although rattlesnakes, water moccasins and coral snakes are also seen in the area.

Copperheads spend most of their time in cover, including wood piles, rock piles, tall grass, piles of leaves, or thickets. According to the Ohio Public Library...

April 23, 2017 - 5:59pm

By: Dr. Kasandra Garner

Broken bones in dogs and cats are fairly common injuries. They are usually due to accidents such as being hit by a car or falling, but can occur after any traumatic event such as gunshot wounds, horse kicks, animal attacks, and being struck by a hard object such as a golf ball.

If your pet has suffered an accident, signs that there may be a broken bone include pain, swelling, or obvious malformation of a limb. If it is an “open” fracture, you may be able to see the bone sticking out of the skin.  Because there is potential for shock and/or internal...

March 20, 2017 - 7:23pm

Emergencies can happen in an instant to anyone. Being prepared helps prevent these frightening situations and helps protect your beloved canine family member. VetStreet has created this must-see video on how to protect your dog from four common canine emergencies: heat stroke, attacks by other animals, poisoning, and choking.

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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...

July 11, 2015 - 12:38pm

Every year, pets die in cars on summer days. Sometimes it’s not even that hot outside. Many times the window is cracked and the car is parked in the shade. The startling truth is that even in seemingly safe conditions the temperature inside your car can soar to life-threatening heights in just ten minutes – about the time it takes to run into the post office, coffee shop, or the pet store. (Please watch the video at the bottom to learn important information about how quickly cars heat up.)

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June 17, 2015 - 10:21am

By Drs. David and Betsy Thompson

We have had three of our own beloved dogs bitten by venomous snakes in the last two years, so we certainly understand that even the most diligent pet parent cannot totally protect their pet from the danger of poisonous snakes, at least not if you allow them to accompany you on outdoor outings. Our experiences with our own dogs may be helpful to you, so we want to share their snake bite stories with you. Poisonous snakes are prevalent in Western North Carolina, so please be aware that if your dog is bitten by one, he or she needs immediate veterinary...

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