Animal Hospital of North Asheville is happy to announce that starting on the first Saturday in September, we will be extending our Saturday hours to allow our clients and patients greater access to care at AHNA. Saturday appointment and urgent care hours will be 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM. We will be fully staffed all day Saturday just as we are during the week, so new patients and clients will be welcome on Saturday.
Everyone wants an answer to these questions:
- Are veterinarians in Asheville seeing fewer cases of H3N2 influenza?
- Is it safe for my dog to resume his/her normal life whether it be walking around the block, attending day care, boarding, going to the groomer, attending classes, going to the dog park, or socializing with other dogs?
We are happy to announce that Dr. Jim Earley will be returning to practice at Animal Hospital of North Asheville on September 2nd. After 15 years at Animal Hospital of North Asheville, Dr. Earley moved to West Virginia in November, 2013, in order to care for aging family members. During his years at AHNA, Jim was known for always learning and always being on the forefront of technology.
Thank you to all of our wonderful clients who voted in the Mountain Xpress Best of WNC Poll. Your votes truly made a difference. We have once again been voted as the #1 Veterinarian in WNC thanks to your votes! We are thrilled and so thankful to be recognized in our community.
A new strain of influenza is causing an outbreak of respiratory disease in our area. While we have a vaccine for the H3N8 strain of influenza, there is no vaccine for this new H3N2 strain, so we are recommending that you do not let your dog congregate with other dogs until the outbreak ends.
Microchips greatly increase the chance of getting your pet back if he/she is lost or stolen. We have paired with the AVMA to help families check their pet’s microchip and encourage them to update their contact information.
Q: What is canine influenza?
A: Canine influenza (CI), or dog flu, is a highly contagious respiratory infection of dogs that is caused by an influenza A virus. In the U.S., canine influenza has been caused by two influenza strains. The first strain reported in the United States, beginning in 2004, was an H3N8 influenza A virus. This strain is closely related to the virus that causes equine influenza, and it is thought that the equine influenza virus mutated to produce the canine strain.
Canine influenza (CI), or dog flu, is a highly contagious infection caused by an influenza A virus. The causative canine influenza virus (CIV) strains have been classified as H3N8 and H3N2, based on the amino acid composition of the hemaglutinin (H) and neuraminidase (N) glycoproteins in the lipid outer layer of the capsid.
Canine influenza (CI, or dog flu) in the U.S. is caused by the canine influenza virus (CIV), an influenza A virus. It is highly contagious and easily spread from infected dogs to other dogs through direct contact, nasal secretions (through coughing and sneezing), contaminated objects (kennel surfaces, food and water bowls, collars and leashes), and by people moving between infected and uninfected dogs.
AHNA is taking extreme precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the canine respiratory disease that the Asheville area is presently experiencing. Our number one concern is to protect our non-infected patients who need our care and are coming to the hospital for other reasons. All patients showing possible respiratory disease symptoms are being seen on an outpatient basis in a building that we normally use only for administrative offices.