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.
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...
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.
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...
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 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.
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...
A message from Harley’s owner, Alycia Fogle:
This past June, a colleague of mine at UNC Asheville found a beagle running down the middle of the road looking scared and confused. After taking the dog to a local vet, it was determined the dog had been abused, was vastly malnourished, and around 8 years of age. My colleague sent an email out through the UNCA system asking for someone to foster the dog. As a lover of hound dogs (I had a beloved Bloodhound), I agreed to foster her while she found her forever home. However, one day into 'fostering' her, I fell in love...
Through the years, I have seen many dogs who have not used good judgment about what they eat. It is so easy for accidents to happen. Mandy, a 9 ½ year old very beloved lab mix, came in to Animal Hospital of North Asheville in the evening of June 4, 2012 as an emergency. Mandy had found a bottle of Phenobarbital tablets that had just been purchased at the drug store for Mindy, one of the other dogs in the family.
Early one morning, Zoee, a beloved 4 ½ year old Yorkie arrived as an emergency here at Animal Hospital of North Asheville. Her human mom was concerned that Zoee had possibly swallowed a large piece of a rawhide chew because she was gagging and making attempts to vomit.