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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Help us support Paws On A Mission’s pet therapy program! We will be offering you the opportunity to make a donation here at Animal Hospital of North Asheville from April 14 to May 9th! You may also join us on May 9th for the Paws on Parade Walk at the NC Arboretum. Registration begins at 11am and the walk starts at noon.
Everybody knows that it’s scary for dogs and cats to come to the vet, right? Wrong! Here at Animal Hospital of North Asheville, we’re always looking for ways to increase comfort and reduce fear in our patients. We love hearing about dogs who get excited to come see us, or cats who love our snuggling and treats.
We are excited to announce two new features on Animal Hospital of North Asheville's website. We want our website (ahna.net) to be your source for information about the hospital, pet health, and community animal events, so we are constantly updating the site. Keep reading for more information about our latest additions.