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August 10, 2012 - 3:09pm

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.

March 30, 2012 - 5:14pm

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. 

March 9, 2012 - 10:03pm

Meesha, a little Beagle with big soulful eyes, had a long difficult journey before she finally found her new home with Amber, a member of Animal Hospital of North Asheville’s Client Care Team, and her partner, Vicki.

Meesha was being cared for at Animal Compassion Network (ACN) when an unfortunate accident occurred; she became spooked while out on a walk, slipped her collar, and ran away. Within minutes of Meesha’s escape, ACN employees and volunteers began the search for her - spreading out to search, calling shelters and animal hospitals, hanging posters, and interviewing...

January 14, 2012 - 3:23pm

Last summer, Alisha Suer and her family spent a day fishing in the Louisiana bayou. Pleased with their catch, everyone piled into the family vehicle, a Lincoln Navigator, and Alisha’s stepfather started the engine.

“There was a terrible sound, very loud,” said Alisha. “My stepdad immediately stopped the car and got out to see what was the matter. He slid underneath the car, began fiddling around with things, and much to our surprise, and horror, a kitten fell down from the engine. My stepdad immediately scooped him up and we rushed the kitten to the nearest veterinarian.”


December 17, 2011 - 2:16pm

Indigo, a beautiful Siamese cat, joined John and Marjorie Hickman’s family in August of 2010. Within a month of settling in to his new home, Indigo became very ill.

“Indigo had a toy mouse that he liked to chew on,” explained John. “The plastic splintered and he swallowed it. The plastic punctured his intestine.”

Dr. Riggle performed emergency abdominal surgery to repair the hole and Indigo slowly recovered.

“Dr. Riggle called it a miracle that Indigo survived and is now thriving. He was especially pleased with the outcome of Indigo’s surgery,” said John.


November 12, 2011 - 8:15pm

“Our dog, Bella, has always been very athletic. By just about anyone’s standards, she is in phenomenal shape for an 11-year-old dog,” said Brandi Hand. “People are always marveling at her speed and the lengths she will go to in order to fetch a ball. Even so, my husband, Tom, and I began to notice changes in her. Years of diving off of rocks into water and then having to pull herself up steep riverbanks had finally taken its toll on her. She still enjoyed our daily walks, but we noticed she was limping, and instead of being out in front of us leading the way, she was a few steps behind us...

November 10, 2011 - 4:52pm

By: Mary Rita Sandoval

Our family has been blessed with the presence of our dear Rosie, a beautiful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, for almost 16 years. In those years I’ve become a true believer that by brushing her teeth every evening I have lengthened her life by almost a decade!

Rosie is a sweet, friendly dog who hardly ever barks. My husband, Richard, and I got Rosie for our daughter, Katie, who was 13 at the time. Katie is now 29 and Rosie will be 16 in February!

Rosie has slowed down a little over the years, and she no longer jumps up onto chairs, but other...

November 10, 2011 - 3:06pm

Nan Ruby, who works here at Animal Hospital of North Asheville as a Registered Veterinary Technician, has 3 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 chickens. They all take up the same amount of space in her heart, but Peyton, her 170-pound St. Bernard, definitely takes up the most space in her house!

Nan adopted Peyton from a St. Bernard rescue when he was 9-months-old and weighed in at only (!!!) 130 pounds.

“I really like big dogs, so I told them I wanted the biggest St. Bernard they had,” said Nan. “They were thrilled. Peyton was up for adoption along with his brother. I needed a submissive...

October 16, 2011 - 10:05pm

Saying that Sherri and Eric Johnson love Dalmatians is an understatement. They love Dalmatians so much that they have so far rescued 24 of them for their family; with 6 Dalmatians currently living in the household: Bradi, Colbi, Chimi, Maeli, Disco, and Pollo.

“We rescue the Dalmatians that no one wants – the nippers, biters, behavior problems, and those with medical needs,” said Sherri. “We spend a lot of time working with them so that they become a positive addition in their new family.  It’s truly amazing the change they make when we understand what drives their bad behaviors...

October 15, 2011 - 2:30pm

By: Dr. Paul Duncan

The case this month is about an adorable six-year-old Corgi named Mary Lily. She was brought in for one of the most common orthopedic problems seen in dogs, a tear of the cranial cruciate ligament (similar to ACL in humans). This typically happens as a result of increased forces applied to the knee during activity/play. Once the ligament is torn, marked limping of the affected leg occurs. Pain results from acute inflammation as well as abnormal motion in the joint during weight bearing movement. In addition to cranial cruciate ligament tear, meniscal damage may...


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