Early one morning, Zoee, a beloved 4 ½ year old Yorkie arrived as an emergency here at Animal Hospital of North Asheville. Her human mom was concerned that Zoee had possibly swallowed a large piece of a rawhide chew because she was gagging and making attempts to vomit.
By Dr. David Thompson
If you could only prevent one disease in your pet, how would you choose which one?
You might choose the disease that is:
- most common, (more common than fleas), and one than affects 75% of dogs and cats by 3 years of age
- most likely to cause chronic discomfort
- most likely to shorten your pet’s life
This really sounds like a tough disease, and it is! We see this disease all the time at Animal Hospital of North Asheville, and it is sneaky because it affects young and old and every breed and every sex. It is...
By Dr. Golden
Whether at home, or during hospitalization for a medical or surgical disorder, life-threatening medical emergencies can develop at any time in our animal companions. At AHNA, we recognize the need to be prepared for such events and take pride in being ready to intervene in a prompt and professional matter should such a need arise.
Life-threatening emergencies can arise from numerous and varied types of accidents, traumas, exposure to toxins, and the onset or progression of a multitude of medical and surgical diseases. When they occur, the most important...
By: Dr. Warren Riggle
This article is in memory of Kasey, our 18 ½ year-old cat who died on November 29, 2011. My son, Ben brought Kasey home to us when he was in 7th grade. Kasey was a little white kitten who was a very active, inquisitive, spirited cat throughout her entire life. Kasey “demanded” attention, loved “Kasey rubs”, and enjoyed sitting on your lap. Kasey was commonly found jumping onto countertops, computers, tables, and anywhere she was not supposed to be. She continued to be a very active and vocal until shortly before her death. We really miss Kasey, and treasure...
“Our dog, Bella, has always been very athletic. By just about anyone’s standards, she is in phenomenal shape for an 11-year-old dog,” said Brandi Hand. “People are always marveling at her speed and the lengths she will go to in order to fetch a ball. Even so, my husband, Tom, and I began to notice changes in her. Years of diving off of rocks into water and then having to pull herself up steep riverbanks had finally taken its toll on her. She still enjoyed our daily walks, but we noticed she was limping, and instead of being out in front of us leading the way, she was a few steps behind us...
For safety and companionship, dogs spend more time indoors and therefore exercise less. They may be bored so they eat more. We tend to leave food out at all times or unknowingly overfeed (out of love) and they may eat to excess because it is convenient. Just six extra pieces of kibble per meal can cause weight gain. Weight gain means you are eating more than your body needs.
Health Alert: We are recently seeing deer ticks on pets at a much greater frequency than we have in past years. These ticks are much, much smaller than the ticks that most people are familiar with, so please click on the accompanying links and learn how to recognize them on your pets and human family members. We also felt it important to alert you because these ticks appear in late fall after the larger types of ticks have already subsided and many people have stopped using a tick preventative. Deer ticks can carry Lyme disease which infects pets and people, so please use a tick...
Cats are wonderful to share our homes with, unless they start treating our homes as their bathroom. While most cats are very content to use the litter box for their eliminations, there are a variety of reasons why a cat may stop using the litter pan.
By: Dr. Paul Duncan
The case this month is about an adorable six-year-old Corgi named Mary Lily. She was brought in for one of the most common orthopedic problems seen in dogs, a tear of the cranial cruciate ligament (similar to ACL in humans). This typically happens as a result of increased forces applied to the knee during activity/play. Once the ligament is torn, marked limping of the affected leg occurs. Pain results from acute inflammation as well as abnormal motion in the joint during weight bearing movement. In addition to cranial cruciate ligament tear, meniscal damage may...
The only drug approved for treatment of adult heartworm infections, Immiticide, is not presently available nationwide due to technical problems being experienced by the manufacturer, Merial. Until Animal Hospital of North Asheville is able to obtain the drug again, we are unable to treat adult heartworms.