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April 12, 2011 - 11:30am

Every year we send you a reminder about your pet’s annual physical examination, and it comes with a note:  “Please try to bring a fresh fecal (one inch of bowel movement) sample with you to this appointment (use clean containers and keep the samples cool until you arrive).” It is not a pleasant part of bringing your pet it, but it is a necessary one. Even if your pet stays indoors, he or she should be tested annually for common intestinal parasites by analyzing your pet’s stool.

What We’re Looking For

Intestinal parasites are the main targets of fecal analysis for...

March 15, 2011 - 3:54pm

Patience and Love Transform a Feral Cat into a Wonderful Pet

By Sheri Parks, member of our Client Care Team

I discovered Leery, along with her mother, brothers, and a sister, living behind my home when we moved in 7 years ago. I was sitting on my deck one night when I noticed several pairs of glowing eyes all huddled together under a group of pine trees – such precious babies!

I began setting out food and tying to catch them, which was difficult because it quickly became obvious that they had had no contact with humans. Every evening I sat near them while they ate...

March 14, 2011 - 1:08pm

Do pets ever develop cancer in the mouth? 

Yes!  Dr. Thompson, who does fulltime dental work at AHNA, finds on average two growths a week that have not been noticed by the pet’s family. A pet’s mouth is a common site for growths, both benign and malignant. 

Very few pet family members examine their pet’s mouths. Pet family members often detect bumps in the skin but the mouth is seldom examined. It is important to “flip the lip” of your pet often to check for all oral problems, not just growths.

Veterinarians sometimes refer to an oral evaluation as a “dental.” We...

March 12, 2011 - 12:00am

Zoe, a truly beautiful dog, telling Beth that Animal Hospital of North Asheville is the best veterinarian in WNC! Zoe is very convincing ;)

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March 11, 2011 - 12:00am

Kelly worked very hard at training Frances to do her "trick". Frances has learned to use the techs as a step-stool to get out of her kennel. How cute!

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March 4, 2011 - 6:42pm

By: Melissa and Peter Stanz

Our beloved Walden died on February 10, 2011. He was a 14 ½ year old chocolate lab, our constant companion, the child we loved and spoiled in lieu of human kids. Walden started his long life with a trip to North Asheville vets for a clean bill of health—for 14+ years he loved his trips to the vet, especially those cookies and all the attention.

Through the years Walden received annual checkups and treatments for minor ailments—then when he was 6 he blew out his first ACL. Referred to the wonderful orthopedic vet in town, he ended up with plates...

March 2, 2011 - 9:51am

WellPet, makers of Wellness Natural Pet Food, are voluntarily recalling some lots of their canned food due to potentially insufficient amounts of vitamin B1 ( also known as thiamine).

Wellness Canned Cat Food (all flavors and sizes) with best by dates from 14APR13 through 30SEPT13
and Wellness Canned Cat Chicken and Herring (all sizes) with the best by date of 10 NOV13 and 17NOV13.

If you have cat food from these lots, you should stop feeding your cats. You may call WellPet at 1-877-227-9587 to arrange for return of the product and reimbursement.

Early signs...

February 28, 2011 - 12:49pm

Many people don't realize it, but just like people, dogs have specific blood types. There are dogs that have a universal blood type and in certain circumstances it is necessary to have these dogs donate fresh, whole blood. The Animal Hospital of North Asheville is currently looking for additional blood donors. Donors are used on an as-needed basis and would only donate approximately one time per year. There will be a selection process starting with the qualifications listed below.

  • Must be between the ages of 2 and 8.
  • Must be current on vaccines and annual exams.
  • ...
February 18, 2011 - 12:00am

This is how Buddy greets his Dad each day!

February 13, 2011 - 1:31pm

Debbie and Hal McDowell lost their dog, Mac, in August of 2010.  (See Mac’s story here) Mac was the last of the McDowell’s four male dogs to pass away.

“We were devastated when Mac died,” said Debbie. “The house seemed so empty and big without a dog.”

Debbie and Hal remained without a dog for 6 months. “I know that a lot of people will think this is strange, but we were waiting for our next dog to find us. For years I’ve said that the next dog we got would be a female. I even had her name picked out...

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