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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....

February 10, 2011 - 10:06am

February is National Pet Dental Health Month!

By: Dr. Dave Thompson

To celebrate National Pet Dental Health Month, we are offering lots of discounts.

All dental care products are discounted 25%. These include:
Poultry Toothpaste and Double Ended Brush Kit
Toothpaste
Double Ended Brush
Oral Water Based Rinse (8oz)
Leather Chews,Small Size
Leather Chews, Large Size
MaxiGuard Ora Zn Cleansing Solution
Dentacetic Wipes (25 count)
OraVet Barrier Home Care Kit
Hope Science Periodontal Health EFAC (30...

February 8, 2011 - 3:13pm

Bella was a young American Bulldog who had spent the first two years of her life in a puppy mill in Pennsylvania, reproducing for profit with no love or attention for her efforts. One day Bella had a horrible accident that tore the muscle almost completely off of her kneecap. Rather than pay for the expensive surgery to repair her injury, Bella's owners dropped her off at the local shelter in Pennsylvania in excruciating pain.

The shelter made an attempt to fix Bella's knee and then placed her in a foster home for recovery. No one was more surprised than her foster mom when three...

January 16, 2011 - 6:57pm

Fleas are amazingly resilient!  A female flea can lay 40 eggs daily (280 weekly), which fall off of the dog or cat as they are laid and end up in carpet or cracks in the floor. It is likely that even the most protected pet will get one (or more) fleas yearly. Of the flea life stages, egg, larva, pupa and adult, the pupa can remain dormant for months.

January 16, 2011 - 5:30pm

How do parasites survive?

November 22, 2010 - 3:02pm

We are excited to announce that Animal Hospital of North Asheville has purchased the strongest Therapeutic Laser currently available. This technology is FDA approved to relieve arthritic pain and inflammation in people, and has been shown to help 85% of dogs and cats. Several of our patients have already received treatments for their osteoarthritis pain and their families are amazed at the improvement that they have seen. 

August 30, 2010 - 3:00am

We offer your pet the intimacy that a small practice offers, while also being able to offer the knowledge, equipment, and conveniences that a multi-doctor practice can provide. Most of our clients want their pet to be seen primarily by one veterinarian so that doctor can really get to know their pet and their family. Our veterinarians enjoy being there for your pets from puppy or kitten-hood until they become old.

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