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January 14, 2012 - 8:13pm

By Dr. Golden

Whether at home, or during hospitalization for a medical or surgical disorder, life-threatening medical emergencies can develop at any time in our animal companions.   At AHNA, we recognize the need to be prepared for such events and take pride in being ready to intervene in a prompt and professional matter should such a need arise.

Life-threatening emergencies can arise from numerous and varied types of accidents, traumas, exposure to toxins, and the onset or progression of a multitude of medical and surgical diseases.  When they occur, the most important...

September 26, 2011 - 9:00pm

The only drug approved for treatment of adult heartworm infections, Immiticide, is not presently available nationwide due to technical problems being experienced by the manufacturer, Merial. Until Animal Hospital of North Asheville is able to obtain the drug again, we are unable to treat adult heartworms.

July 15, 2011 - 3:52pm

A First Aid Kit, one especially for pets, is something every pet owner should have available at home and when traveling. First Aid should never be a substitute for veterinary care, but is meant to be a means to treat your furry family member until veterinary care can be obtained. First aid kits for pets can be homemade or purchased.

May 12, 2011 - 2:48pm

By Andrea Wright

My girlfriend, Jillian, adopted Milo and his sister, Eloise from Mary Paws in January of 2010. Both Milo and Eloise were born with problems that make them a little wobbly on their feet. We were told that neither of them would be able to climb, run, or get around very well at all.

We took them home and began trying to make our home safe for them. We made a barrier out of boxes to block the stairs - which Milo promptly jumped over. So much for the limited mobility!

Ever since that first day, Milo has been full of surprises. He loves to climb,...

March 2, 2011 - 9:51am

WellPet, makers of Wellness Natural Pet Food, are voluntarily recalling some lots of their canned food due to potentially insufficient amounts of vitamin B1 ( also known as thiamine).

Wellness Canned Cat Food (all flavors and sizes) with best by dates from 14APR13 through 30SEPT13
and Wellness Canned Cat Chicken and Herring (all sizes) with the best by date of 10 NOV13 and 17NOV13.

If you have cat food from these lots, you should stop feeding your cats. You may call WellPet at 1-877-227-9587 to arrange for return of the product and reimbursement.

Early signs...

August 31, 2010 - 3:00am

The ominous hissing, the mournful meows, the defensive scratching or biting, the upset bowels — feline stress is just plain unpleasant for cats and you. Many cats get stressed when it’s time for a veterinary visit. Thankfully, there are ways to help cats relax and enjoy the ride — yes, even in the car. Here’s what you can do.

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August 12, 2010 - 3:00am

Recently, Procter and Gamble, owner of Iams and Eukanuba, issued a recall on certain dry pet foods. AHNA immediately identified and contacted all owners of pets who we knew were fed these dry foods to warn them of the recall.

Below you will find a link with more information on the recall as well as a list of UPC codes included in the recall.
http://www.iams.com/iams/en_US/data_root/html/recall_message.html - this link is no longer active.

July 6, 2010 - 3:00am

It’s a hot, steamy day. The clouds build, and you hear rumbles of thunder in the distance. For most of us and our pets, there’snothing to fear. But for animals with storm phobia, it’s time to panic. A “phobia” is a persistent, irrational fear of a stimulus, and can manifest in many ways, from anxiety and trembling all the way to destructive behaviors.

June 23, 2010 - 3:00am

The Fourth of July and its accompanying celebrations can be a traumatic experience for pets. A little preparation can go a long way toward making sure that they are safe and happy when the festivities begin.

Eliza Mazzaferro, MS, DVM, PhD, DACBECC, director of emergency services at Wheat Ridge Veterinary Specialists in Colorado, says the Fourth of July is a busy time because of the inherent risks the holiday poses to pets. The most common culprit: fireworks.

“Pets get anxious and break out of kennels, jump through windows and get lacerations, and when loose, can get hit by...

June 23, 2010 - 3:00am

No matter how much they beg, (and no matter how cute they look when they beg), there are some foods that should never be fed to pets. Below you will find a list of the top toxic “people foods” to avoid feeding your pet. These are not the only foods toxic to your pets. There are other foods that, if ingested in large quantities, will make your pet ill.

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