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August 22, 2019 - 2:58pm

Summertime is a great time to spend frolicking in the water. With the hot sunny days, there has been a recent spike of blue-green algae intoxication in pets with some even leading to death. We want you to have information to help protect you and your pet.

What is Cyanobacteria?

Algae occurs naturally in the water. The blue-green variety, which has been in the news recently, is considered to be one of several Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs). Blue-green algae is a group of bacteria that is also known as cyanobacteria. It is a bacteria present in fresh and marine bodies of water...

July 23, 2019 - 3:34pm

 Information originally at AKC.org

According to the United States Fire Administration, an estimated 500,000 pets are affected annually by fire. The American Kennel Club and the ADT Security Services created the Pet Fire Safety Day to be celebrated on July 15th. This day is dedicated to raising awareness of the fire hazards beloved pets could pose in the home, but, more importantly, how to prevent them. Many fires in the home can be a result when pets and potential fire...

July 23, 2019 - 3:12pm

By Melissa Oglesbee, B.S., A.A.S., former RVT

Bloodwork. Why is it important? Why does my veterinarian ask me to do it every year when my pet is obviously healthy? Why does my sick pet need to be monitored in this way? Is bloodwork on my perfectly healthy pet really necessary before anesthesia? Why do you need to use bloodwork to monitor certain medications? And why do dogs need a heartworm test every year since my pet gets a preventive every month without fail?

These are all very valid questions. Bloodwork may seem to be unnecessary and just an added cost to a pet...

April 23, 2019 - 10:07pm

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January 22, 2019 - 12:24pm

We strive to provide the highest level of medical and emotional care for our patients. By working together, we can provide the best low-stress veterinary visits.  Did you know a great visit starts at home before you leave for your appointment and continues until your furry friend returns home again?
 
We understand that new places and new people can be worrisome to many cats and dogs, so we strive to decrease their fear, stress, and anxiety. With your help, we can help develop a pre-visit plan that we will continue to build upon at each visit. The goal is to minimize fear,...

December 19, 2018 - 11:24am

We have had the privilege of hosting Kathy Link and the Four Seasons Pet Loss and Grief Support Group this past year.  They have helped many families. In 2019 the monthly Pet Loss and Grief Support Meetings will be getting a new time and location with the goal of reaching all of Buncombe County. We support Kathy and Four Seasons with their new location and time, and still encourage families who are grieving to join the group for support during the grief process. 

Losing a pet friend and companion can be heartbreaking. Whether it is a sudden or planned goodbye, it is an emotional...

November 18, 2018 - 4:34pm
  • SSRI antidepressants
  • Lilies (Lilium & Hemerocallis)
  • Liquid potpourri
  • Glow jewelry and glow sticks
  • Household cleaners

The ASPCA sees an increase of certain toxins for cats during the holidays and winter months. Toxins can cause many symptoms including GI upset, salivation, seizures, or death. If your cat has gotten into any of the above toxins, contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (1-888-426-4435) and your veterinarian right away! It could be the difference between life and death.

SSRI Antidepressants

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October 19, 2018 - 9:09pm

One thing I have noticed since starting at AHNA is that beer seems to be everywhere in Asheville, and there are countless breweries and beer enthusiasts around. For those of you that are brewing your own style of suds at home, we wanted to make you aware of a potential toxin for your canine companion: hops. Our favorite bittering agent might not have much appeal to us other than to flavor our IPAs, but it is sometimes interesting to our four legged friends. Ingestion of hops can lead to a malignant hyperthermia (high temperature), increased heart rate, and rapid breathing. Unfortunately,...

September 20, 2018 - 4:15pm

Finding the perfect diet for health, longevity, and fitness has long been an obsession of Americans. Paleo, gluten-free, and “clean eating” are just a few of the more recent trends to hit the billion-dollar diet industry, with entire aisles of the grocery store devoted to certain types of foods that are purported to have almost miraculous powers of healing and regeneration. Inevitably, these trends spill over into the pet food industry. About 10 years ago, dog and cat foods labeled “grain-free” began showing up on the shelves of pet food stores. In 2017, 43% of pet specialty foods were...

August 20, 2018 - 4:56pm

We recently learned that D-Con changed the active ingredient in their commonly used rodent bait products, which will make treatment of these poisonings more complicated.

Most commercially available rodenticide (rat poison) products contain an ingredient that interferes with the blood’s ability to clot, called an anticoagulant. It takes a couple of days for signs of toxicity to develop. The signs include bleeding from the mouth, nose,...

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