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October 8, 2012 - 8:28pm

Halloween is so much fun, and it’s natural to want to try to involve your family pet in all the activity. It’s important to keep in mind, though, that not all Halloween activities are fun or safe for pets. A few simple precautions can keep your spooky celebrations enjoyable for everyone in the family, whether they are two footed or four footed.

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...

October 15, 2011 - 1:50pm

By: Cindy Radcliffe

Elle C was a starving, terrified little waif who was rescued and brought into the hospital last December by one of our incredibly huge-hearted clients. A confirmed dog lover for all of my 48 years on this Earth, I had nevertheless developed a love and appreciation for our feline friends during my 3-year tenure as Dr. Amy Plankenhorn's exam room assistant.

However, I was still totally unprepared for the ruthless way this little calico bundle of nothing stole my heart the second I looked into her beautiful green eyes. I swear I heard angels singing -...

September 14, 2011 - 3:14pm

First and foremost, the one universal truth about everyone at Animal Hospital of North Asheville is that we love animals. Next, you might think that we Surgery Technicians also love blood and the gore, but it isn’t like that at all. A surgical suite is one of the most organized, most precise and cleanest environments possible. We thrive on meticulous attention to detail. Everything has a place; everything has a purpose; everything must work perfectly! 

Surgery Technicians require advanced skills as well as meticulous attention to detail. We are both NC licensed Registered...

September 14, 2011 - 2:18pm

Cancer is extremely common in pets. While a diagnosis of cancer in a beloved pet can be devastating, it is important for you to realize that many forms of cancer can be successfully treated or managed to provide your pet with an excellent quality of life. It is also important to realize that in pets, just as in people, some types of cancer are now viewed as a chronic, rather than as a terminal, disease. The best way to fight cancer is to detect it early and begin treatment promptly.

Signs of Cancer

To detect cancer at its earliest, be sure to bring your pet in for regular...

September 14, 2011 - 1:42pm

By: Kelly Brown

Insomuch (In-so-much) came into my life after many tragic events. Com’ere (short for Come-here), my fourteen and a half year-old Shepherd/Collie mix passed away and my dog Soever (short for Who-so-ever) and I missed her very much. Soever had never been alone before. She and Com’ere had been friends her whole life; they were inseparable. 

After some time had passed, I felt we were both ready for someone special to come into our hearts, and I was worried about Soever because she seemed lonely and depressed. She desperately needed a companion. Dorothy (who...

September 14, 2011 - 11:25am

Addy is the third Weimaraner that Laura and Ray Pease have owned – she is also the most affectionate.

“We call her our neck baby,” said Laura. “She just loves to snuggle and be hugged. She’s a vibrant dog with lots of energy. She’s really attached to Holly, our Labrador. Like most Weimaraners she can be a little bit of a handful because she has a mind of her own, but we love her so much. We wouldn’t have her any other way.”

Addy is 9-years-old and like a lot of dogs her age she has lots of benign fatty bumps on her body. Laura and Ray bathe Addy weekly and check that the...

July 18, 2011 - 12:14pm

Eleven years ago, Eileen Bouressa of Animal Compassion Network found a 6-month-old Jack Russell Terrier mix on the interstate. He was a little guy with a broken leg. Eileen brought him to the Animal Hospital of North Asheville and named him Freeway.

“He looked at me and I knew I was going to bring him home,” said Dr. Earley. “I couldn’t say no.” Dr. Earley fixed Freeway’s leg and adopted him. “Although I’m the one who took him home, he really is my wife Georgia’s baby. We call him the little white shadow of the house because he follows her everywhere. He is always demanding what we...

July 15, 2011 - 3:52pm

A First Aid Kit, one especially for pets, is something every pet owner should have available at home and when traveling. First Aid should never be a substitute for veterinary care, but is meant to be a means to treat your furry family member until veterinary care can be obtained. First aid kits for pets can be homemade or purchased.

May 13, 2011 - 11:05am

What are ticks?

Ticks are insects related to spiders. They have 8 legs and they feed off of a host animal by sucking blood. They vary in size from a tiny speck to the size of a swollen watermelon seed.

How do ticks differ from fleas?

• Ticks do not cause itching or hot spots, but they do cause illness. Sometimes the illness can be serious.
• Ticks crawl. Fleas jump.
• Ticks remain in place while feeding

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