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April 13, 2013 - 10:27pm

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.

March 11, 2013 - 9:36pm

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.

February 17, 2013 - 5:48pm

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...

February 13, 2013 - 5:31pm

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...

January 21, 2013 - 12:07pm

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...

November 13, 2012 - 5:07pm

By: Dr. Susan Wootten

Diablo, a cute, cute Pekingese who is approximately four years old, was very lucky to find a wonderful new home but unfortunately had been suffering some long term urinary tract problems by the time he got to his new family.  They brought him in to Animal Hospital of North Asheville to find out what was wrong.  Diablo saw our internal medicine specialist, Dr. Golden, in September, and with the help of non-invasive ultrasound, Diablo was found to have a huge stone that had formed in his bladder.  Digital x-rays of the abdomen confirmed an approximately 1 x 2...

November 12, 2012 - 7:00pm

As dogs age, we generally see changes in their behavior. The playful ball-chasing and constant running around that we associate with puppies gives way to adult dogs napping in the sun and lounging during evening TV time. And with senior dogs, we accept even more slowing down. It is important to remember, however, that old age is not a disease. We need to differentiate between normal behavior changes of aging dogs and abnormal behaviors that can be important signals of pain.

What kind of behavior changes might I see in my dog that could signal pain?


September 14, 2012 - 2:22pm

A message from Harley’s owner, Alycia Fogle:

This past June, a colleague of mine at UNC Asheville found a beagle running down the middle of the road looking scared and confused. After taking the dog to a local vet, it was determined the dog had been abused, was vastly malnourished, and around 8 years of age. My colleague sent an email out through the UNCA system asking for someone to foster the dog. As a lover of hound dogs (I had a beloved Bloodhound), I agreed to foster her while she found her forever home. However, one day into 'fostering' her, I fell in love...

August 10, 2012 - 3:09pm

Through the years, I have seen many dogs who have not used good judgment about what they eat. It is so easy for accidents to happen. Mandy, a 9 ½ year old very beloved lab mix, came in to Animal Hospital of North Asheville in the evening of June 4, 2012 as an emergency. Mandy had found a bottle of Phenobarbital tablets that had just been purchased at the drug store for Mindy, one of the other dogs in the family.

May 7, 2012 - 6:58pm

By Dr. Warren Riggle

Lily, a 4 year 4 month German Shorthaired Pointer, came to us as an emergency on November 16, 2011 around 2:30 P.M. after being seen by another veterinary hospital two weeks prior for undiagnosed pain.  At that hospital, she was prescribed a pain medication called tramadol, and she seemed to be doing better.

The evening before Lily came to our clinic she had gotten into the trash and started vomiting. The following morning, Lily continued vomiting and was not eating or drinking but was able to walk. Early in the afternoon, Lily had suddenly gotten much...


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