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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.

July 15, 2015 - 2:38pm

Canine respiratory disease is occurring at higher than normal levels in the Asheville area. At least one case has tested positive for a new strain of canine influenza caused by the H3N2 virus. At this time, there is no evidence that the influenza vaccine that is available for dogs protects against this new strain although tests are underway to determine if any cross protection results. No vaccine specific for the H3N2 strain has been developed. 

June 22, 2015 - 10:38am

Peanut butter has been a favorite treat for dogs for decades, but recently some brands that contain xylitol have appeared on the market. Xylitol is toxic to dogs and can even cause death. Please read the ingredient panel carefully before buying peanut butter if there is any chance your dog will get into it or someone might give it as a treat.

June 19, 2015 - 9:41am

Please help!  Contact your legislators to object to the proposed North Carolina State Senate provision of the approved 2015 budget which would add sales tax to veterinary services. Taxing veterinary services is not a good idea for many reasons.

May 15, 2015 - 10:26pm

This article is taken directly from aspca.org

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center tallied calls received in 2014, and some common themes emerged. Check out the 10 substances that accounted for the most calls.


April 21, 2015 - 1:36pm

In appreciation for the amazing amount of food donated during our Annual Holiday Pet Food Drive last December, Animal Hospital of North Asheville purchased and donated over 2700 pounds of cat, kitten, dog and puppy food to be fed to the needy pets of our community.  You might wonder why an animal hospital would make a donation of over $2800 to help needy animals. 

April 15, 2015 - 8:51pm

The canine influenza outbreak afflicting more than 1,000 dogs in Chicago and other parts of the Midwest is caused by a different strain of the virus than was earlier assumed, scientists at Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin say in a Cornell media release.


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