By Dr. Kasandra Garner
When my husband and I moved back to Asheville almost two years ago, we were excited to see so many black bears in our neighborhood. I would run outside with my phone and snap pictures and video to post on social media whenever one ambled through the yard or down the road. It felt like nature was adapting to the increasing presence of people in the western North Carolina mountains. The bears were learning to coexist peaceably with the suburbs.
Fast forward to this past summer, and the bears no longer seem to be coexisting quite so...
By Dr. Kasandra Garner
Springtime means warm weather, long days, and more opportunities to get out in the woods or in our yards. Unfortunately, spring also means more opportunities for humans and their pets to encounter snakes. The most common poisonous snake in Western North Carolina is the copperhead, although rattlesnakes, water moccasins and coral snakes are also seen in the area.
Copperheads spend most of their time in cover, including wood piles, rock piles, tall grass, piles of leaves, or thickets. According to the Ohio Public Library...
This article is from Today's Veterinary Technician
- Keeping your own pets healthy and parasite-free is a great way to reduce the risk of zoonotic disease. This includes scheduling regular veterinary visits, staying current on vaccines, and using effective parasite control.
- Frequent and thorough handwashing is critically important in preventing transmission of many zoonotic organisms.
- Petting zoos and other interactive animal habitats are valuable ...
On February 10th, Dr. David Thompson presented an excellent power point (see attached below) to the Asheville City Recreation Advisory Board to ask that a North Asheville Dog Park be added to the master plan for Asheville’s parks inventory. Earlier, there was disagreement within Council about making a dog park for North Asheville a priority for the City to invest in, because it was not included in the master plan.
WAG YOUR TAIL IF YOU WANT A DOG PARK IN NORTH ASHEVILLE!
A small group of dog owners met recently to explore options for creating an off-leash park in North Asheville and wants you to join the effort! The next meeting will be in the Education Room at Animal Hospital of North Asheville at 7:00 PM on Monday, February 4th, 2013. The North side lags behind the East and West parts of town, which have welcoming, safe, spacious dog parks. The “Friends for a North Asheville Dog Park” hopes to catch up, with the support and involvement of other...
It’s springtime in the mountains and the bees, hornets, and wasps are buzzing around. Many dogs and cats like to chase and bat at these insects, which can result in a painful sting. Dogs and cats who are uninterested in ‘playing’ with these insects are also often stung, so what do you do if your pet is stung by a bee, hornet, or wasp?
If you suspect your pet has been stung, immediately remove him/her from the area just in case the nest is close by. Next, do a thorough check of your pet’s body, paying special attention to the paws, nose, ears, and inside the mouth. If your pet has...
AHNA is starting a weight loss / get healthy and fit support group for pets and their people! It’s called S.T.E.P.S.
S – start simple
T – take time to stretch
E – enjoy time with your pet
P – practice good eating habits
S – stay motivated & create new habits
Who would benefit from joining the S.T.E.P.S. program? Anyone who:
- has a pet who needs to lose weight
- has a pet who needs to get fit and healthy
- would like to lose weight along with their pet
- would like to get fit and healthy along with their pet ...
Health Alert: We are recently seeing deer ticks on pets at a much greater frequency than we have in past years. These ticks are much, much smaller than the ticks that most people are familiar with, so please click on the accompanying links and learn how to recognize them on your pets and human family members. We also felt it important to alert you because these ticks appear in late fall after the larger types of ticks have already subsided and many people have stopped using a tick preventative. Deer ticks can carry Lyme disease which infects pets and people, so please use a tick...
What are ticks?
Ticks are insects related to spiders. They have 8 legs and they feed off of a host animal by sucking blood. They vary in size from a tiny speck to the size of a swollen watermelon seed.
How do ticks differ from fleas?
• Ticks do not cause itching or hot spots, but they do cause illness. Sometimes the illness can be serious.
• Ticks crawl. Fleas jump.
• Ticks remain in place while feeding
Dog and Owner Trail Etiquette
by: Dorothy Williams
Be considerate to fellow hikers, wildlife, and the land.
If dogs are allowed off-leash:
- Have voice control over the dogs at all times. This means that when the dogs are called, they come regardless of the situation.
- Carry a leash for the circumstances that may arise.
- Do not let your dog wander off. Keep them in sight at all times. There is a higher tendency for dogs to get into trouble when they are out of sight. They can also easily become lost.
- Be sure your pet is ...