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November 12, 2011 - 8:15pm

“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...

November 10, 2011 - 7:03pm

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.

November 10, 2011 - 2:47pm

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...

November 5, 2011 - 9:21am

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.

October 15, 2011 - 2:30pm

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...

September 26, 2011 - 9:00pm

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.

September 14, 2011 - 3:14pm

First and foremost, the one universal truth about everyone at Animal Hospital of North Asheville is that we love animals. Next, you might think that we Surgery Technicians also love blood and the gore, but it isn’t like that at all. A surgical suite is one of the most organized, most precise and cleanest environments possible. We thrive on meticulous attention to detail. Everything has a place; everything has a purpose; everything must work perfectly! 

Surgery Technicians require advanced skills as well as meticulous attention to detail. We are both NC licensed Registered...

September 14, 2011 - 2:53pm

By: Dr. Golden

Bert is a really cute, 2 year-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who began having intermittent diarrhea and problems with itching and recurrent skin infections when he was about 5 months old. Bert’s human “mom” was advised that his symptoms could be due to a food allergy, and she embarked on an effort to find a better food for him. Early on it appeared that Bert could be allergic to wheat, and she would purchase foods that were wheat-free. These included diets that were specifically formulated for dogs with “intestinal disease” and others that were “...

September 14, 2011 - 2:18pm

Cancer is extremely common in pets. While a diagnosis of cancer in a beloved pet can be devastating, it is important for you to realize that many forms of cancer can be successfully treated or managed to provide your pet with an excellent quality of life. It is also important to realize that in pets, just as in people, some types of cancer are now viewed as a chronic, rather than as a terminal, disease. The best way to fight cancer is to detect it early and begin treatment promptly.

Signs of Cancer

To detect cancer at its earliest, be sure to bring your pet in for regular...

September 14, 2011 - 11:25am

Addy is the third Weimaraner that Laura and Ray Pease have owned – she is also the most affectionate.

“We call her our neck baby,” said Laura. “She just loves to snuggle and be hugged. She’s a vibrant dog with lots of energy. She’s really attached to Holly, our Labrador. Like most Weimaraners she can be a little bit of a handful because she has a mind of her own, but we love her so much. We wouldn’t have her any other way.”

Addy is 9-years-old and like a lot of dogs her age she has lots of benign fatty bumps on her body. Laura and Ray bathe Addy weekly and check that the...

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