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August 24, 2015 - 12:37pm

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?  


August 24, 2015 - 11:48am

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.

August 24, 2015 - 11:03am

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.

August 5, 2015 - 4:21pm

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.

August 5, 2015 - 3:57pm

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.

July 21, 2015 - 12:43pm

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.

July 21, 2015 - 12:00pm

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.

July 21, 2015 - 11:44am

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.

July 20, 2015 - 11:20am

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.

July 15, 2015 - 2:47pm

A new strain of influenza (H3N2) is now affecting many dogs in the Asheville area. The primary symptoms are coughing, gagging, nasal and/or eye discharge, lethargy, reduced appetite, and possibly fever. Your dog may not display all of the symptoms, but if your dog is coughing or acting sick, he or she should receive veterinary care.  Animal Hospital of North Asheville is seeing all dogs displaying respiratory symptoms in a different building to avoid exposing our well patients.


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