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December 18, 2017 - 11:03am

By CriticalCareDVM

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, homes around the world will begin to decorate using materials like tinsel and handmade macaroni garland on twine. Folks will make personalized gifts liked hand-knitted clothing. These materials – tinsel, twine, yarn, string – are all very enticing to our feline friends. Yet if ingested, they can create a potentially deadly predicament called a linear foreign. To help raise awareness of this issue, I’ve dedicated some time this week to sharing information about...

November 19, 2017 - 3:30pm

At the Animal Hospital of North Asheville, we are always learning! Throughout the year, our veterinarians, management, client care and patient care team members spend countless hours learning via in-house, online and off-site continuing education opportunities and veterinary conferences. October was no exception as several of our veterinarians attended national veterinary conferences throughout the United States.

In early October, Doctors Paul Duncan and Susan Wootten attended the Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference in New Jersey. This week-long educational conference offered...

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...

November 21, 2016 - 7:27pm

As the weather gets colder, it is tempting to stop your parasite prevention, but the parasitic threats to your pets do not go away. Biting insects such as fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes that carry heartworm disease can persist through very cold weather. In fact, we hear a lot of reports of people finding ticks on their pets in the coldest months of winter, and even in the cold season, ticks can carry diseases such as Lyme and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Intestinal parasites such as hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms are a risk all year. Be sure to protect your pet by giving monthly...

October 20, 2016 - 8:44pm

Diabetes mellitus, also known as sugar diabetes, is a growing problem in the United States’ human population. What many people don’t realize is that diabetes is also a problem for dogs and cats. Animal Hospital of North Asheville has many diabetic patients, so we want to use October to raise awareness of the problem. 

The most common signs of diabetes in pets are excessive thirst and increased urination. Many patients are hungrier than usual, and most lose weight despite having a good appetite. In more advanced cases, pets can become very dehydrated, weak, and even comatose which...

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...

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 22, 2016 - 3:58pm

Our veterinarians and the AHNA Patient Care Team (approximately 40 of us) were fortunate to participate in a three hour seminar on Wednesday, March 16 on Preventing Pain in our patients presented in our Education Room at AHNA by Mark E. Epstein, DVM, DABVP, CVPP. Dr. Epstein was well-qualified to present on this topic as he is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP, Canine/Feline Practice) and is a past-president of that organization. He is certified by the American Academy of Pain Management, and a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner by the International...

February 21, 2016 - 8:14pm

By Dr. Amy Plankenhorn

Feline leukemia virus (FELV) was recognized as a serious infectious disease of cats in the late 1960s, and by the 1970s blood testing for the disease was widely available. Until fairly recently, FELV-related tumors were the most common cancers in cats. Fortunately, the development of safe and effective vaccines for FELV has reduced the frequency and risk for the disease in our domestic cat population. The bad news is that there are plenty of unvaccinated outdoor cats who are still spreading and carrying this incurable disease.

The decision about...

January 24, 2016 - 10:20pm

Animal Hospital of North Asheville recently upgraded our ultrasound capability with a new machine for the fourth time. Why did we spend over $80,000 to upgrade again? Because the new ultrasound machine produces amazingly detailed images that can improve our ability to make quick and accurate diagnoses. This ability can make the difference between life and death for your pet, and that makes us happy. 

We have always been a leader in ultrasonography in Western NC, and to really use our high level skill at ultrasound we need state of the art equipment. Developing technology continues...

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