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April 14, 2016 - 9:40pm

By: Dr. Amy Plankenhorn

For most families with new puppies, the biggest things to worry about are common – housetraining, feeding a good diet, keeping vaccinations current, and socialization (actually, that's as easy as signing up for AHNA's Puppy Preschool!). But two of our recent puppy patients faced even bigger problems that required emergency abdominal surgeries.

Theodore Roosevelt (TR for short) had been in his new home with his dad for just two weeks when he became ill one day. He was...

December 8, 2014 - 2:52pm

It was an ordinary busy Wednesday afternoon in October when a phone call from the Asheville Humane Society introduced a miracle into the Animal Hospital of North Asheville family. The medical coordinator at AHS was sending a little dog named Ella to us because she was suddenly having a lot of trouble breathing. 

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. 

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...

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...

July 27, 2010 - 3:00am

Your pet’s doctor will examine the teeth at each visit. We urge you to examine the mouth and teeth at least monthly because important things are happening in the mouth this first year. Look for chipped, broken, movable, discolored, extra teeth, missing teeth, unusual gum tissue and for foreign objects stuck between teeth.

In the picture above, the red number 1’s are retained baby teeth. See how the permanent teeth, blue number 2’s have been pushed inward and when they fully erupt, they will poke into and damage...

May 1, 2010 - 8:00pm

There is a family that we would like to gratefully acknowledge. This family has been extremely helpful to this practice in many ways through the years. They have especially been of great support and assistance in helping us to bring Minimally Invasive Surgery to Western North Carolina and their wonderful pet, Noelle is the first dog to have a Laparoscopic Spay in this area.

April 30, 2010 - 5:17pm

LAPAROSCOPY - Minimally Invasive Surgery is 65% less painful!*

Laparoscopy now for pets too.

Laparoscopic surgery is the extremely popular minimally invasive surgery for humans. Now pets can benefit from all of the advantages of this technology. Animal Hospital of North Asheville was the first veterinary hospital in Western North Carolina to equip and train for this capability and continues to be the leader since 2007.

How is Laparoscopy...

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