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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...

March 15, 2011 - 3:54pm

Patience and Love Transform a Feral Cat into a Wonderful Pet

By Sheri Parks, member of our Client Care Team

I discovered Leery, along with her mother, brothers, and a sister, living behind my home when we moved in 7 years ago. I was sitting on my deck one night when I noticed several pairs of glowing eyes all huddled together under a group of pine trees – such precious babies!

I began setting out food and tying to catch them, which was difficult because it quickly became obvious that they had had no contact with humans. Every evening I sat near them while they ate...

March 14, 2011 - 1:08pm

Do pets ever develop cancer in the mouth? 

Yes!  Dr. Thompson, who does fulltime dental work at AHNA, finds on average two growths a week that have not been noticed by the pet’s family. A pet’s mouth is a common site for growths, both benign and malignant. 

Very few pet family members examine their pet’s mouths. Pet family members often detect bumps in the skin but the mouth is seldom examined. It is important to “flip the lip” of your pet often to check for all oral problems, not just growths.

Veterinarians sometimes refer to an oral evaluation as a “dental.” We...

March 4, 2011 - 6:42pm

By: Melissa and Peter Stanz

Our beloved Walden died on February 10, 2011. He was a 14 ½ year old chocolate lab, our constant companion, the child we loved and spoiled in lieu of human kids. Walden started his long life with a trip to North Asheville vets for a clean bill of health—for 14+ years he loved his trips to the vet, especially those cookies and all the attention.

Through the years Walden received annual checkups and treatments for minor ailments—then when he was 6 he blew out his first ACL. Referred to the wonderful orthopedic vet in town, he ended up with plates...

February 13, 2011 - 1:31pm

Debbie and Hal McDowell lost their dog, Mac, in August of 2010.  (See Mac’s story here) Mac was the last of the McDowell’s four male dogs to pass away.

“We were devastated when Mac died,” said Debbie. “The house seemed so empty and big without a dog.”

Debbie and Hal remained without a dog for 6 months. “I know that a lot of people will think this is strange, but we were waiting for our next dog to find us. For years I’ve said that the next dog we got would be a female. I even had her name picked out...

February 13, 2011 - 11:21am

By Karen and Mick Weagle (Mick has helped care for pets at AHNA as an exam room assistant since 2003.)

Possum was a very young stray kitten when a client brought her to the Animal Hospital of North Asheville. She was almost dead. When she was brought in to the hospital, she was limp and seemed lifeless, and she appeared to have no eyes. She was probably only 3 or 4 weeks old at most. The kind soul who rescued her found 2 children playing with her lifeless body and brought her to the hospital. Dr. Susan Wootten believed Possum could be saved, and so her treatment began.

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February 8, 2011 - 3:13pm

Bella was a young American Bulldog who had spent the first two years of her life in a puppy mill in Pennsylvania, reproducing for profit with no love or attention for her efforts. One day Bella had a horrible accident that tore the muscle almost completely off of her kneecap. Rather than pay for the expensive surgery to repair her injury, Bella's owners dropped her off at the local shelter in Pennsylvania in excruciating pain.

The shelter made an attempt to fix Bella's knee and then placed her in a foster home for recovery. No one was more surprised than her foster mom when three...

January 16, 2011 - 7:22pm

Norm and Rudy - owned by Certified Veterinary Technician Kelly Brown, RVT

How many cats are rescued, live in an animal hospital where they are spoiled rotten, and get to save lives in return? We only know of two, Norm and Rudy, and this is their story.

Norm and Rudy were adopted from a local shelter and came to live at Animal Hospital of North Asheville in 1997. Everyone at AHNA always thought it would be nice to have a ‘hospital cat’ and to have two, well, that was even better. Norm, the real character of the two, was always getting into things and making people laugh, and...

January 16, 2011 - 6:23pm

Laura and Spanky Miceli adopted Benson from the Asheville Humane Society. “The Humane Society tried to find him a home for 7 months before we adopted him. The shelter normally isn’t able to keep dogs for such a long time, but I’m so glad they did. We adopted Benson and took him home and since then he has been the best dog, and the naughtiest dog!”

Benson is highly intelligent and mischievous, as you will see if you CLICK HERE to watch his video.

“He’s almost too smart,” said Laura. “He has taught...

December 16, 2010 - 2:16pm

By Jennifer Deuel, AHNA Certified Veterinary Technician

This is Jen with José and Hala. Hala is Jose's best buddy and partner in crime. She insisted on being in the photo!

My dog José is a great dog with an interesting story. Five years ago this Thanksgiving my roommate, Nan (who now works at AHNA), was working at REACH Emergency Hospital. She called and told me she was bringing home a surprise for me, and what a surprise it was - an 80-pound German Shepherd mix! Nan knew that I had been looking for a German Shepherd to adopt....

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