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October 21, 2016 - 4:52pm

Information provided by Ernest Ward, DVM/ © Copyright 2009 Lifelearn Inc.

When you hear the word "mites" you may shudder or think of little bugs crawling all over. Either way most people find them creepy. But the truth is that we often see mites on animals but good news- there is treatment! If your pet is itchy, losing hair, head shaking or digging at their ears be sure to make an appointment with your veterinarian.

Let's take a look at a couple different types of common mites that can affect your pet. 

Ear Mites (Otodectes)

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October 21, 2016 - 4:21pm

Put your best paw forward by joining fellow animal lovers at the premier charity gala of the season!

Animal Hospital of North Asheville is again the presenting sponsor for Taste of Compassion. We support this event because it is a large fund raiser for Asheville Humane Society and the proceeds go to helping needy animals in our own community. This enjoyable event features great food and drink as well as wonderful auction items.

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October 21, 2016 - 4:12pm

By Dr. Kasandra Garner

Many of us who love our dogs often wonder what they are thinking. Perhaps we would gain more insight into their minds if we wondered, “What are they smelling?”

Alexandra Horowitz, in her new book “Being a Dog,” says that all dogs have the ability to create "a picture of the world through smell." This is partly because of the design of their snouts. Each nostril is controlled separately, allowing the dog not only to detect a particular smell, but also to locate it in space.  

A dog’s nose allows them to get a different odor sample with each...

October 20, 2016 - 8:51pm

It’s Halloween time again, and while you’re celebrating this fun holiday, remember these tips to keep your pets safe:

Keep your pets indoors. Plan ahead and get cats inside early in the day, or even the day before, since it might be hard to find them later. During “Trick or Treating” hours, keep pets in a secure and quiet area of the house, not where the front door opens. Please remember that pets don’t understand Halloween and can really suffer when they are scared, so protect them from the sights and sounds. 

Make sure your pet is wearing ID. Your pet may act...

October 20, 2016 - 8:44pm

Diabetes mellitus, also known as sugar diabetes, is a growing problem in the United States’ human population. What many people don’t realize is that diabetes is also a problem for dogs and cats. Animal Hospital of North Asheville has many diabetic patients, so we want to use October to raise awareness of the problem. 

The most common signs of diabetes in pets are excessive thirst and increased urination. Many patients are hungrier than usual, and most lose weight despite having a good appetite. In more advanced cases, pets can become very dehydrated, weak, and even comatose which...

September 28, 2016 - 12:32pm

This article originally appeared on ASPCApro.org

Each fall, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center notes a surge of back-to-school related pet poisonings, many of which involve kids’ backpacks and lunchboxes.

Some dogs are very good at unzipping backpacks and lunchboxes and helping themselves to the contents inside. And after a long school day, many kids dump their stuff on the floor when they return home, creating a nearly irresistible target.

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September 28, 2016 - 11:35am

By Dr. David Thompson

It is well documented in studies that pets who live with smokers have a much higher incidence of cancer. While I have not conducted a scientific study, I have personally seen many cases of cancer here at Animal Hospital of North Asheville in the pets of clients who smoke. Please try to protect your pet from secondhand smoke. Although it is important to protect all pets, cats are especially prone to cancers in the mouth from cigarette smoke because in grooming themselves, they take into their mouths the secondhand smoke deposits that have accumulated on their...

September 27, 2016 - 9:20pm

Animal Hospital of North Asheville is once again the presenting sponsor of Asheville Humane Society's Taste of Compassion - A Night at the Moulin Rouge. Please plan to join us!

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September 26, 2016 - 7:49am

From team building exercises during orientation week in August of 1999 until graduation in the big arena in May of 2003, Drs. Garner and Loveless spent four years as classmates and friends at NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. There were about seventy students in the veterinary class of 2003, but the rigors of veterinary study and the numerous extracurricular activities (intramural softball, anyone?) often translate into memories that last a lifetime even when the graduates go their separate ways. Which is why Dr. Garner and Dr. Loveless are excited to be reunited by working at...

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