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.
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.
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...
Jake is a beautiful and beloved 10 ½ year old neutered male Himalayan who has been a long term patient under the care of Dr. Plankenhorn at the Animal Hospital of North Asheville. His history over the last 7 months has shown us that we can see the same kind of hormonal imbalances in cats that we commonly see in dogs and people. Endocrinopathies are diseases that affect the glandular organs of the body and can cause hormonal imbalance.
By Dr. Amy Plankenhorn
Smitty is a gorgeous big black kitty who was adopted almost three years ago. He has a great life hanging out in his apartment with his dog buddy and his mom. But one day his mom saw that Smitty wasn’t feeling well. He was withdrawn, depressed, and vomiting. She called Animal Hospital of North Asheville and got him right in to the hospital. When Smitty arrived, he was immediately examined by Dr. Amy Plankenhorn. His body temperature was low, he was dehydrated, and most importantly, his abdomen was very painful. It felt like his bladder was extremely...
Sam is a beautiful 12 year old male Golden Retriever with the amazing personality that you would expect from the breed. He is “happy go lucky,” loyal, loves attention, and is particularly fond of shamelessly sneaking over and eating his feline roommate's cat food when nobody is watching! Unfortunately, as a Golden Retriever, he also has an increased susceptibility to a common skin condition of dogs commonly known as hot spots.
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.
By: Dr. Caroline Kiss
Miss Freddie is a precious 11½ year old spayed female domestic short hair cat who, despite having multiple medical problems, takes life in stride. She has chronic renal failure, diabetes mellitus, heartworm disease, and a heart murmur. Yet, in large part due to the wonderful care they give Miss Freddie, her caretakers Mary and John say that Miss Freddie is full of life.
Late last summer, Miss Freddie developed a swelling and sore under her chin (See Picture 1). It was correctly diagnosed as an abscess that may have resulted from a squabble with one of...
In late August, Asheville Humane Society brought a severely injured but adorable seven to eight week old kitten to Animal Hospital of North Asheville to see if we could help him. He had been hit by a car, and had multiple injuries including a broken right rear leg, an extremely large hernia (muscle tear allowing the abdominal organs into a space under the skin), and a dislocated carpus (wrist). This terribly injured little guy was such a sweet boy, purring through all of his exams and procedures. Of course, the hospital staff fell in love with this brave boy! With Asheville Humane Society...
Sometimes it’s difficult to identify when your cat’s not feeling well. Watch for these signs of illness, and consult with your veterinarian as soon as possible if your pet begins to show any of them.
1. Inappropriate elimination
A cat that urinates inappropriately could have any number of conditions associated with the behavior, including lower urinary tract disease, kidney disease, urinary tract infection, and diabetes mellitus. It can also be a sign of arthritis, which makes it difficult for cats to get into the litter box.
2. Changes in...