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July 22, 2013 - 5:25pm

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. 

May 10, 2013 - 3:51pm

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  He was withdrawn, depressed, and vomiting.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...

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...


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