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April 15, 2011 - 4:39pm

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
  • ...
April 15, 2011 - 3:47pm

The sun is shining, the weather is warmer, and more people are hitting the trails. We are fortunate to live in an area that is blessed with abundance of natural beauty. There are a few things we can do while on the trails with our four-legged friends to ensure that everyone has a good time. 

Be Prepared

Before starting on the trails, be prepared. Get to know the trails. Look over the description of the trails and topography. It is always good to have an idea of what to expect with the elevation, the natural wonders and the water sources on the trail. Knowing the trails...

April 15, 2011 - 2:08pm

Dr. Earley’s wife, Georgia, rescued our dog, Libby, from an unhappy situation when she was about 4-months-old. I took her home one night to meet my husband, and she adopted us both as soon as she entered our home. The next ten years were dedicated to a companion that demanded and deserved stimulation 365 days a year... no matter the weather. She was an Australian Cattle Dog, also commonly called a Blue Heeler. This is a working breed that requires daily exercise and mental stimulation.

Libby was a very confident, independent, and focused dog. She chased and caught frisbees as long...

July 30, 2010 - 3:00am

Asheville Dogs Are Raising Money to Fight Cancer!

Animal Hospital of North Asheville Thanks Them with a Sponsorship

On August 7, 2010 there will be a parade of dogs in Asheville who are giving their all to fight cancer as they participate in the American Cancer Society’s Bark for Life. Animal Hospital of North Asheville is a sponsor of the event to show our appreciation for these dogs getting out to fight cancer in people! We also appreciate the American Cancer Society for their recognition of the important role that companion animals play in our lives when they say:...

July 30, 2010 - 3:00am

Is your cat grooming half of her hair off, or is your dog licking his paws raw? It may well be that your pet is experiencing allergies, one of the most common health problems for pets. Forty percent of dogs and cats are estimated to have allergies. Just like people, animals have allergic reactions because their immune system — the system that protects the body from foreign and potentially infectious substances — overreacts to some material.

June 23, 2010 - 3:00am

The Fourth of July and its accompanying celebrations can be a traumatic experience for pets. A little preparation can go a long way toward making sure that they are safe and happy when the festivities begin.

Eliza Mazzaferro, MS, DVM, PhD, DACBECC, director of emergency services at Wheat Ridge Veterinary Specialists in Colorado, says the Fourth of July is a busy time because of the inherent risks the holiday poses to pets. The most common culprit: fireworks.

“Pets get anxious and break out of kennels, jump through windows and get lacerations, and when loose, can get hit by...

June 17, 2010 - 3:00am

Imagine you are a dog or cat: It is a slightly cloudy but warm day, you are covered in fur, your body is not made to perspire well, you especially overheat in high humidity and you tend to be active and excited in the car.

June 1, 2010 - 3:00am

It’s no surprise that environmental consultant Ali Baird loves hiking with dogs — she met her husband Nathan in 1995 when he was hiking with his Rottweiler. Since then, she’s been hiking throughout the mountains of California and Colorado with canine companions and loving every minute of it.

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