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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...

August 9, 2011 - 3:48pm

By: Dr. Susan Wootten

New technology yields amazing results for pets with ear problems. Years ago it was commonplace for pets to have repetitive ear infections that just simply could not be cured. Pet owners, across the nation, returned to veterinarians month after month to obtain ear ointments that seemed to help but did not cure ear infections.

Dr. Wootten examining a patient’s ear with video otoscopy unit while under anesthesia.

Nine years ago, AHNA became one of a small number of...

July 19, 2011 - 5:11pm

When the rest of Asheville is asleep, there is a team of dedicated Overnight Care Technicians/Assistants at Animal Hospital of North Asheville awake and attending to patient needs so that a patient is never alone or in need of care. Veterinary technicians or veterinary assistants work set shifts so that someone is always awake and gently caring for any pet hospitalized at Animal Hospital of North Asheville.  It is extremely rare to have staff paid for night shifts to be awake and attentive to patients all night long in a veterinary hospital.  If your pet ever needs to stay overnight at our...

July 15, 2011 - 3:52pm

A First Aid Kit, one especially for pets, is something every pet owner should have available at home and when traveling. First Aid should never be a substitute for veterinary care, but is meant to be a means to treat your furry family member until veterinary care can be obtained. First aid kits for pets can be homemade or purchased.

June 1, 2011 - 3:13pm

By: Dr. Amy Plankenhorn

Last spring, Susan Key noticed that her 11-year-old cat Griffin was becoming a lot more talkative. He was howling every morning and begging for food.  She had struggled with keeping his excess weight controlled for a long time, but he started unexpectedly losing weight despite a big appetite. His annual comprehensive physical exam came due, and sure enough, he had lost a pound since his previous visit. His heart rate was elevated. Blood testing confirmed our suspicions – he had hyperthyroidism.

Hyperthyroid disease is a common disorder of cats....

May 9, 2011 - 10:41am

By: Dr. Warren Riggle

Dogs and cats are living longer and healthier lives thanks to regular physical exams and wellness blood tests. Wellness blood and urine tests are a thorough way of assessing your pet’s general health. Dogs and cats cannot tell their family or their veterinarian the subtle signs of illness that humans express. When dogs and cats begin to show outward signs of illness, the health concerns are often so advanced that they are no longer treatable. “Survival of the fittest” is Mother Nature’s rule. If an animal is out in the wild acting sick, they will not survive...

April 15, 2011 - 3:24pm

Living With Addison's Disease

Years ago, Kim, and her partner, Liz, found a friendly black-and-white dog roaming the parking lot of a local restaurant.

“It was obvious to me that she had been abandoned,” said Kim. “She was incredibly friendly, approaching people and wagging her tail, but she was also very confused and hungry. We had scarves in our trunk that we tied together to make a leash, which we put around her neck, and brought her home.”

Kim and Liz advertised that they had found the dog and hoped the owner would contact them. In the meantime, they...

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