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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...

April 12, 2011 - 11:30am

Every year we send you a reminder about your pet’s annual physical examination, and it comes with a note:  “Please try to bring a fresh fecal (one inch of bowel movement) sample with you to this appointment (use clean containers and keep the samples cool until you arrive).” It is not a pleasant part of bringing your pet it, but it is a necessary one. Even if your pet stays indoors, he or she should be tested annually for common intestinal parasites by analyzing your pet’s stool.

What We’re Looking For

Intestinal parasites are the main targets of fecal analysis for...

March 14, 2011 - 1:08pm

Do pets ever develop cancer in the mouth? 

Yes!  Dr. Thompson, who does fulltime dental work at AHNA, finds on average two growths a week that have not been noticed by the pet’s family. A pet’s mouth is a common site for growths, both benign and malignant. 

Very few pet family members examine their pet’s mouths. Pet family members often detect bumps in the skin but the mouth is seldom examined. It is important to “flip the lip” of your pet often to check for all oral problems, not just growths.

Veterinarians sometimes refer to an oral evaluation as a “dental.” We...

February 28, 2011 - 12:49pm

Many people don't realize it, but just like people, dogs have specific blood types. There are dogs that have a universal blood type and in certain circumstances it is necessary to have these dogs donate fresh, whole blood. The Animal Hospital of North Asheville is currently looking for additional blood donors. Donors are used on an as-needed basis and would only donate approximately one time per year. There will be a selection process starting with the qualifications listed below.

  • Must be between the ages of 2 and 8.
  • Must be current on vaccines and annual exams.
  • ...
February 13, 2011 - 12:41pm

Everyone at Animal Hospital of North Asheville wants you to understand the extreme importance of always being certain that your pet has a vaccination against rabies that is current. Rabies is a fatal disease for pets and people, and your pet can be exposed at any time by coming in contact with wildlife. We have had patients that were kept strictly indoors at their homes but were exposed by a bat coming into the house. One of our patients, a tiny Yorkie, was exposed when her mom opened the door for her to go out into their fenced yard and  a raccoon was right there, just outside the door....

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