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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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May 12, 2011 - 1:18pm

By: Jill Merrill, Client Care Team

The first time I saw Waylon his name was Riley (which is the name of our other dog, who is a Westie), and I fell in love with his scruffy face! Even though I hadn’t adopted him yet, in my mind I had already named him Waylon. I discovered he was adoptable through Animal Haven of Asheville, and he was one of the dogs involved in the ‘A New Leash on Life’ program.

‘A New Leash on Life’ is a program that allows minimum and medium custody state prisons to partner with local animal shelters, animal welfare agencies, and/or private non-profit...

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....

December 14, 2010 - 4:18pm

The holidays and cold weather pose special challenges to pet owners. A little preparation and precaution can ensure that you and your pet have a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season.

Some of the more common winter and holiday hazards include:

Age-Specific Concerns

Puppies are not as hardy as adult dogs and they do not tolerate the cold as well. Puppies may be difficult to housebreak during the winter. If your puppy is sensitive to the weather, you may opt to paper-train him inside. If your dog is sensitive to the cold...

November 23, 2010 - 2:02pm

It is the time of year that we stop to count our blessings. Among other things, here at Animal Hospital of North Asheville, we are so thankful that our patients are living longer, healthier, and more comfortable lives due to amazing advances in preventive care. 

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