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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.

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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...

September 22, 2015 - 11:19am

We need your help to beat cancer! Early detection, diagnosis and treatment are critical to obtaining a positive result. Over 60% of cancers are curable. We want to get that percentage even higher. Every lump and bump is suspect until proven that it is not cancer.

August 24, 2015 - 2:13pm

As many pet owners know, xylitol is toxic to dogs.  Even seemingly small amounts of a product with xylitol can cause life-threatening hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and liver failure.  The most well-known source of xylitol is sugar-free gum.

July 15, 2015 - 2:47pm

A new strain of influenza (H3N2) is now affecting many dogs in the Asheville area. The primary symptoms are coughing, gagging, nasal and/or eye discharge, lethargy, reduced appetite, and possibly fever. Your dog may not display all of the symptoms, but if your dog is coughing or acting sick, he or she should receive veterinary care.  Animal Hospital of North Asheville is seeing all dogs displaying respiratory symptoms in a different building to avoid exposing our well patients.

December 8, 2014 - 2:52pm

It was an ordinary busy Wednesday afternoon in October when a phone call from the Asheville Humane Society introduced a miracle into the Animal Hospital of North Asheville family. The medical coordinator at AHS was sending a little dog named Ella to us because she was suddenly having a lot of trouble breathing. 

August 15, 2014 - 1:36pm

Most cat owners have awakened to it. It’s a sound more effective than any alarm clock: the sound of a cat throwing up a hairball. You wonder if your cat is OK, and you wonder if you’re going to step in the hairball the next morning. But this is just the way things are when you live with a cat, right?

August 13, 2014 - 8:58pm

Dr. Dave Thompson has had a strong interest in pet oral health since he and Dr. Betsy Thompson opened Animal Hospital of North Asheville in 1977. Over the years, he has spent much time studying dentistry and undergoing advanced dental training. 

June 11, 2014 - 12:14pm

A heart murmur is an abnormal sound heard on auscultation (listening) of the heart with a stethoscope.   The normal heart makes two distinct sounds often described as "lub" and "dub", which are the sounds of the heart valves closing.  A murmur is often described as a "shooshing" or "whooshing" sound that occurs in between the normal lub-dub-lub-dub sounds of the heart. 

March 19, 2014 - 6:01pm

A Client’s View:

My Golden Retriever, Beau, who is 12 years old, has always had ear issues. Even when he was a little puppy and we lived in New Orleans, we seemed to always be treating him for one ear malady or another. So when I noticed him scratching his ear more than usual and even rubbing his ear against the carpet, I wasn’t surprised. However, I was surprised when I inspected his ear. It was huge!

There was a big pocket in his ear that seemed to be full of liquid. The swollen area was slightly warm to the touch. Beau has typical Golden ears in that they are floppy...

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