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February 8, 2019 - 12:02pm

February is the month of love and we would love to hear why you love your pet. Better yet, show us!

During February we invite you to submit an original drawing or painting of why you love your pet and we will share it on our Facebook page. At the end of the month our staff will narrow down to the top 3 images in each category and then you, our Facebook family will vote online to choose your favorite.

Everyone who enters will receive an AHNA tote bag! You will receive a certificate of participation for your artwork. Bring the certificate to the hospital and you will be given...

February 7, 2019 - 5:18pm

Hill’s Pet Nutrition is voluntarily recalling SELECT canned dog food products due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D. While vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, ingestion of elevated levels can lead to potential health issues depending on the level of vitamin D and the length of exposure and dogs may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss. Vitamin D, when consumed at very high levels, can lead to serious health issues in dogs including renal dysfunction. Pet parents with dogs...

January 22, 2019 - 9:07pm

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January 22, 2019 - 12:24pm

We strive to provide the highest level of medical and emotional care for our patients. By working together, we can provide the best low-stress veterinary visits.  Did you know a great visit starts at home before you leave for your appointment and continues until your furry friend returns home again?
We understand that new places and new people can be worrisome to many cats and dogs, so we strive to decrease their fear, stress, and anxiety. With your help, we can help develop a pre-visit plan that we will continue to build upon at each visit. The goal is to minimize fear,...

January 21, 2019 - 10:14pm

Like us, our cats and dogs benefit from proactive dental care. Good dental habits are vital to a healthy pet, not just a healthy mouth.

Our pets seldom show us symptoms of mild dental disease. Usually, by the time they show signs (not eating, dropping food, pawing at the mouth, odor, or bleeding of the gums) pain and damage has occurred. Every day, your pet’s gums are progressing towards periodontal disease if you are not doing something to prevent it. Even when it reaches an advanced stage and is very painful, pets can’t tell you what they are going through!  Often families have...

January 21, 2019 - 9:19pm

Beginning February 6th, 2019, the Animal Hospital of North Asheville will have limited availability on Wednesdays from 11:15 am - 12: 45 pm. This time is being used to bring as many of our staff together on a weekly basis for staff training and continuing education (Fear Free, OSHA, AAHA Standards). It is always our goal to remain on the cutting edge of veterinary medicine and to offer the best and most up to date service we possibly can. This Wednesday staff training time will further enable us to do so. We will still see emergencies but will not be scheduling appointments during this...

January 14, 2019 - 12:21pm

By Dr. Kasandra Garner 

The southern Appalachian mountains are a great place to spend winter if you are a dog owner. Most days the weather is still mild enough to get out and hike or play ball with your furry friend, and the occasional cold snap or wintry precipitation rarely lasts longer than a few days. Unfortunately, this area is a paradise for parasites as well. Because we don't have the consistently frigid temperatures of the mountains further north, mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and infective forms of intestinal worms can survive even in the middle of winter. These parasites can...

January 7, 2019 - 2:27pm

Thank you for your support! With your giving spirit and generous donations you helped "Warm (a lot of) Hearts and Fill (a lot of) Bellies" this holiday season!


December 19, 2018 - 11:24am

We have had the privilege of hosting Kathy Link and the Four Seasons Pet Loss and Grief Support Group this past year.  They have helped many families. In 2019 the monthly Pet Loss and Grief Support Meetings will be getting a new time and location with the goal of reaching all of Buncombe County. We support Kathy and Four Seasons with their new location and time, and still encourage families who are grieving to join the group for support during the grief process. 

Losing a pet friend and companion can be heartbreaking. Whether it is a sudden or planned goodbye, it is an emotional...

December 18, 2018 - 4:14pm

By Dr. Amy Plankenhorn

We’ve all seen the pictures – it’s Christmas morning, and Mom or Dad brings an adorable puppy wearing a red bow into the room. The kids are delighted! The puppy is delighted! Mom and Dad high-five because this was the Best Christmas Ever!

Well, maybe it was, but maybe not. Giving a pet as a surprise gift can work out fine, but there are some important factors to take into consideration:

1)    Does the recipient have the time, energy and finances to be able to care for the pet appropriately? Kids may pledge to care for a new...


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