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April 2, 2010 - 5:23pm

Animal Wellness Exams

An annual wellness exam is one of the most important things you can do for your pet to maintain their good health. Even if your pet has had several veterinary visits due to illness or other problems, they should not skip their annual visit.

An annual exam is a much more thorough physical and dental examination than can be done during illness visits. Your pet’s overall health will be assessed and recommendations will be outlined for keeping your pet healthy. Among other things, the doctor will decide

March 26, 2010 - 10:26am

At the Animal Hospital of North Asheville, we are presented with a vast array of emergencies. Some emergencies are uncomfortable, but not life threatening, such as a fishhook caught in a lip. Other emergencies require the immediate action of trained staff working as a team and the best equipment. Pets are frequently struck by vehicles, fall off of high places such as decks, experience gun shots, poisonings, electric shock from chewing on electric cords, hypothermia, heatstroke and the list goes on. In these instances, seconds matter.

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February 26, 2010 - 3:35pm

FACT: Pet bad breath means periodontal infection.

FACT: The most common disease in dogs is periodontal infection (in 80% by age 3 years)

FACT: The most common cause of discomfort in dogs is periodontal infection.

FACT: Periodontal infection is preventable. Prevention saves discomfort and money.

Every pet owner would like their pet to avoid the

February 14, 2010 - 12:18pm

Rabies is a fatal disease of the nervous system. It is caused by a virus that can infect all warm-blooded animals, including humans. The virus attacks the brain and spinal cord, causing severe nervous system dysfunction and eventually death. While instances of rabies infection are lower than ever, the disease remains a continuing problem. Vaccinating your pet against rabies is a key prevention method.

The most common way to contract rabies is through a bite from an infected animal. When a rabid animal bites, the rabies virus in its saliva passes through the broken skin of the...

February 11, 2010 - 3:30pm

Recently, the staff at Animal Hospital of North Asheville has been getting questions from some of our pet owners about a new dog virus called canine influenza. They were concerned about stories they had seen or read in the local news about dog flu outbreaks. In answering their questions, we realized that all of our dog owners may have similar questions and concerns. So we’re writing on our blog to tell all our pet owner friends about canine influenza, what puts dogs at risk, and what can be done to protect them.

Canine influenza is a respiratory disease that can cause coughing,...


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