In order to better serve the needs of our patients, Animal Hospital of North Asheville is now open until 5:00 PM on Saturdays. 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. Please call for an appointment just as you do during the week.
Our veterinarians at Animal Hospital of North Asheville are continuing to see an occasional coughing dog, but the frequency is about the same as before the Canine Influenza outbreak, and these dogs do not appear to be coughing due to Canine Influenza. There are several infectious organisms that cause dogs to cough, but Canine Influenza generally causes more than a cough.
Animal Hospital of North Asheville is delighted to welcome three caring and compassionate animal lovers to our team. We are already wondering how we ever got along without them. Please join with us and welcome, Anne, Mandy and Jean!
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.