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February 25, 2019 - 2:51pm

Bonnie is a happy-go-lucky girl who loves playing with tennis balls. Bonnie has rarely ever been spotted without a ball... or two... or three in her mouth. She lives to play fetch and tug and find it. When no one is available to play, she takes her balls to bed with her for a nap. She even enjoys wearing Elizabethan collars when necessary so she can still keep her balls close, even when she drops them! One day her family noticed her jaws chattering when she picked up one of her balls. This can be a sign of dental pain, so we scheduled Bonnie for a dental cleaning. 
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November 18, 2018 - 9:22pm

We’d like to introduce you to Bindi, a precious Maltese who has been through a lot in her 6 years of life. When you read her story, you might think that she would hate coming to the animal hospital, or that she would be depressed. But Bindi reminds us that the right attitude can bring gratitude.

Bindi first came to us as a 2-pound ball of adorable white fluff in November of 2012. Her puppyhood was normal except that she had some squinting and discharge in her right eye, and she had a few episodes of unexplainable pain. Over the first year of her life, it became more evident that...

April 24, 2018 - 3:29pm

You may have seen brothers PugPug and Navy out and about living the good life around Asheville. You cannot miss their good looks and charm!  
Even though Navy and PugPug are not actually related, they have an amazing bond and together they can cause a little mischief, as anyone who has a sibling can attest to. They did not grow up together but they are living their senior years to the fullest in Asheville with their human family Rachael and Peter. 



October 12, 2017 - 9:52pm

What started out as a routine recheck for a quiet heart murmur found at her annual visit in May turned into a life-threatening emergency visit for sweet Mia, an 11-year-old Greyhound. I found a grade 2/6 heart murmur during an annual comprehensive wellness visit in May. Because this was a new finding, I recommended that we have the heart murmur rechecked within 3-4 months.

August 23, 2017 - 9:22pm

Pet Spotlight: Microchip Reunites Shiny With His Family After More Than Four Years And 2,000 Miles Away

Animal Hospital of North Asheville was overjoyed to hear this happy story when a sweet black and white dog was recently brought in for a physical exam and wellness care. Four and a half years ago, Shiny’s mom, Michelle Davis, had her heart broken. Her beloved dog, Shiny, disappeared one day. Shiny had a habit of digging out of the yard to visit the neighbors for treats, but on this day, he did not return as usual. The Davises frantically searched the neighborhood but Shiny was...

January 23, 2017 - 9:59am

As we work in veterinary medicine we get to ease pain, be a chance for hope, and share the lives (no matter how long or short) of wonderful pets and their families. But equally important, we get to witness the amazing love and compassion of people.

June 22, 2016 - 10:31pm

Do you believe in love at first sight? Barbara and Buddy do! 

Barbara’s beloved canine companion, Pookie, recently passed away. At first she was not ready to bring another pet into her family; she was just too sad. Upon hearing in the news about the 55 Shih Tzus, Poodles and Shih Tzu/Poodle mixes that the Asheville Humane Society rescued in North Asheville, Barbara decided to visit these dogs who so badly needed a loving family to call their own. She had just started to think about bringing another dog into her life and was considering a smaller one. 

Barbara and her son...

December 15, 2015 - 2:37pm

By Dr. Amy Plankenhorn

Meet sweet ​Apollo, a big, beautiful 5 ½ year old bundle of Labrador Retriever energy. We first met Apollo in July, 2015, when he saw Dr. Amylisa Parker with a complaint of ​coughing. During her complete physical examination, Dr. Parker discovered that all of Apollo's external lymph nodes were enlarged. She aspirated some cells from one of the lymph nodes, and sent the cells on a slide to the pathology lab. She also took chest x-rays and performed a complete blood count and chemistry profile to assess Apollo's general health. Unfortunately, Apollo's report...

April 17, 2015 - 10:07pm

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. According to the ASPCA, every ten seconds an animal is abused or beaten, but recognizing cruelty is not always that simple. Crystal, who is part of our amazing Client Care Team at Animal Hospital of North Asheville, and her husband took a pit bull into their life who had suffered unnoticed for months or years.

March 19, 2014 - 6:01pm

A Client’s View:

My Golden Retriever, Beau, who is 12 years old, has always had ear issues. Even when he was a little puppy and we lived in New Orleans, we seemed to always be treating him for one ear malady or another. So when I noticed him scratching his ear more than usual and even rubbing his ear against the carpet, I wasn’t surprised. However, I was surprised when I inspected his ear. It was huge!

There was a big pocket in his ear that seemed to be full of liquid. The swollen area was slightly warm to the touch. Beau has typical Golden ears in that they are floppy...


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