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August 23, 2018 - 9:56pm

We are very proud and grateful that Animal Hospital of North Asheville has again been voted Best of WNC in the Mountain Xpress poll. We strive every day to provide the best care for the pets of our community (and their people), and we are honored to be recognized for doing what we love.

Although we have won this award many times, we do not take your vote for granted. Over the past few years, we have been proud leaders in the fear-free veterinary care movement, and we are excited to learn even more about how to reduce fear in our patients. Most of our staff members have become...

August 23, 2018 - 9:15pm

For many people, the idea of a muzzled dog evokes feelings of fear. This is from a long-standing association of muzzles being used with dangerous dogs. Muzzles are used for so much more than aggression issues. Muzzles, when used correctly, are a wonderful tool that gives your dog more freedom safely. It's time to eliminate those negative associations and appreciate muzzles for all the good things they can do.

A muzzle can be a life saver by preventing dogs from eating rocks, sticks, and other objects that can cause gastrointestinal obstructions. They are a great training tool for...

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,...

August 20, 2018 - 3:33pm

Tigger was recently adopted from the shelter by his mom. He was found as a stray, and he was very wary of new people and afraid of new things. Little did Tigger know he was now part of a family who will give him the best life possible.

His mom, Penny, noticed that his breath had a bad odor, and was concerned that he may need a dental cleaning so she made an appointment at Animal Hospital of North Asheville for a dental cleaning earlier this month. We found a surprise during his oral health assessment – a stick lodged between his upper carnassial teeth (the large back chewing teeth...

August 20, 2018 - 3:03pm

Our new phone system has been installed! Although this is great news, we have had a few new-installation challenges to overcome. We are happy to report that the issue with some carriers not being able to call in has been resolved. There is currently still some difficulty with being able to put callers on hold, and the phone techs are working hard to get this fixed. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this process.

If you cannot reach us for any reason including scheduling or canceling an appointment, questions for our veterinarians, refilling medications or any...

July 24, 2018 - 4:20pm

FREE CLASS

Puppies W.I.N. - What is Normal Puppy Behavior?

  • Tuesday, August 21, 2018 from 7:00- 8:30pm
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Presented by Tristan Rehner-Fleurant, MS, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, CBATI of Pet Behavior Aid
  • People Only. No Registration required. No fee to attend. Everyone welcome!

This free Behavior Help Session is for anyone with a puppy under 5 months of age, anyone who is interested in understanding more about puppy behavior or anyone planning on...

July 21, 2018 - 9:53pm

Every October Animal Hospital of North Asheville participates in the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) Annual Pet Obesity survey. Families and veterinarians are given a short questionnaire to fill out.  No personal information is shared. Surveys are collected throughout the United States and the data is reviewed.

In 2017, the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention found that the number of clinical obesity continued to increase from 2016 to 2017, affecting 60% of cats and 56% of dogs. These results indicate an...

July 20, 2018 - 10:13pm

By Amy Plankenhorn, DVM

We’d like for you to meet Diablo, a very sweet and beloved 8-year-old Chihuahua. I met Diablo about a month ago when he came in because he was having difficulty breathing. His mom said that she’d noticed his abdomen getting larger over a few weeks, but she wasn’t sure why. When I saw him, I was concerned that his belly enlargement might be fluid, and wondered if he might be in congestive heart failure. But when I felt his abdomen, I knew it wasn’t fluid. Instead he had a large, firm growth in his abdomen. He was having trouble breathing because he couldn’t...

July 20, 2018 - 10:02pm

We are so excited to be heading into our 6th year of AHNA Puppy Preschool. Thursday nights at Animal Hospital of North Asheville have been filled with the sounds of puppies, families, laughter, and play as the puppies build lifelong positive associations with coming to the hospital and being around new people and other puppies.

Our goal at Puppy Preschool is to strengthen the bond and understanding between families and their puppy by using positive activities aimed at encouraging investigation and interaction, stimulating the senses and building confidence.

Our first...

July 20, 2018 - 5:28pm

This article originally appeared in Catster.

Why do cats eat grass? Cats eating grass is a behavior that goes way back. Let’s look at why cats eat grass and what kinds of grass they should avoid.

Why do cats eat grass? Well, cats have actually eaten grass throughout history. Although they’re generally not too particular about the kind of grass they choose, some humans offer their felines cat grass, which is a safe and controlled alternative for kitties to get their greens...

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