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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...

March 30, 2012 - 5:14pm

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. 

February 13, 2012 - 3:51pm

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:

  1. most common, (more common than fleas), and one that affects 75% of dogs and cats by 3 years of age
  2. most likely to cause chronic discomfort
  3. 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...

January 14, 2012 - 8:13pm

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...

December 17, 2011 - 3:38pm

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...


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